Summer Institute Program Descriptions

Similarities and Differences across Summer Institute Programs*
Aims, Training Emphasis, and Structures

Category Cardiovascular-Related Research (SUNY) Behavioral and Sleep Medicine (SUNY) Comparative Effectiveness Research (Columbia) Mentoring Researchers in Latino Health Disparities (SDSU) Functional and Applied Genomics of Blood Disorders (GHSU) Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology (WUSTL)
# Trainees/Year 12 12 8 8 8 8
Aims as specified by individual programs
  • Fundamental training by interdisciplinary faculty in the area of cardiovascular health disparities
  • Partnerships between mentors and mentees based on mutual research interests in CVD health disparities
  • Help mentees develop skills needed to develop independent research interests and apply for independent research grants
  • Grant-writing workshops to promote sustainable independent research career
  • Fundamental training evidence-based behavioral interventions and sleep research methods
  • Grant-writing workshops to promote sustainable independent research career
  • Mentoring team partnership based on mutual research interests
  • Support thru monthly webinars, academic social networking and mid-year meetings
  • Intro to landmark research in HLBS research
  • Rigorous training in CER methods and responsible conduct of research
  • Ongoing structured mentorship experience
  • Interaction opportunities with existing programs at Columbia for mutual support
  • Equip Jr. researchers with skills / motivation to be independent researchers in Latino health disparities/CVD
  • Increase body of research on Latino health
  • Increase Latino access to culturally competent health info/care
  • Increase number of investigators focused on disparities research
  • Provide didactic and hands-on bench research training in interdisciplinary functional and applied genomics approaches to study blood cell disorders
  • Provide mentees with access to cutting-edge techniques/application
  • Help develop strategy for grant submission
  • Provide working knowledge in genetic epidemiology and bioinformatics
  • Integrate skills with substantive research interests to develop new grant applications
  • Mixture of didactic course work, survey lectures and meetings with mentors
  • Ongoing mentoring and possible research collaborations based on mutual research interests
  • Grant-writing skills through workshops and brainstorming sessions
Outcomes Submit grant application to acquire NIH-sponsored funding Submit grant application to acquire NIH-sponsored funding Submit grant application to acquire funding for research efforts Submit grant application to acquire NIH-sponsored funding Submit grant application to acquire NHLBI-sponsored funding Submit grant application to acquire NIH-sponsored funding
General Training Areas
Didactic and/or Laboratory Training Courses that are specific to training emphasis in each program
  • Health disparities in CVD
  • CVD and African-American women
  • Pathophysiology of heart failure
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Behavioral interventions for BP control
  • Diabetes and CVD
  • CVD and pharmacological therapy
  • Diversity in workforce challenges and opportunities for minority faculty
  • Evidence-based Behavioral Interventions & Sleep research methods
  • Sleep physiology
  • OSA and CVD
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Diagnostics and treatment approaches
  • Stress-related sleep disturbances and health outcomes
  • Ethnicity and sleep
  • Behavioral and alternative medicine
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Intro to landmark research topics in HLBS research
  • Decision Analysis for Clinical and Public Health Practices
  • CER-specific seminars
  • Epidemiological / Observational Studies
  • Measurement: Physical Activity and Nutrition
  • Accelerometer
  • SOFIT, SOPLAY, SOPARC
  • Nutrient Data System Demo
  • Correlations / Determinants Studies
  • Intervention Studies
  • Translation Dissemination Studies
  • Multidisciplinary didactic curriculum
  • Translational research approaches
  • Gene expression and proteomics
  • Hands-on bench research training in functional and applied genomics techniques
  • Variable Topic Survey Lectures (depending on needs of trainees)
  • Standard Topic Surveys Lectures on:
    • CVD
    • ECHO phenotypes
    • Pulmonary / respiratory
    • Genetic factors underling each
    • Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
    • Hypertension
    • Race, Ethnicity, Genetics & Health Disparities
Research Design and Analysis
  • Research Design, Methods, Analysis
  • Intro Epidemiology / Biostatistics
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Principles of biostatistics
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Assessing NIH and CDC sponsored National data
  • Training CER methods
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Intro Biostatistical Methods
  • Research Design, Methods, Analysis
  • Multivariate analysis and SEM
  • HCHS/SOL data analysis
  • Research Design, Methods, Analysis
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Bioinformatics analysis
  • Genetic Epidemiology (SI-1)
  • Bioinformatics (SI-2)
  • Survey Lectures
Responsible Conduct of Research Responsible Conduct of Research Responsible conduct of research Responsible conduct of research Responsible conduct of research Responsible conduct of research Responsible conduct of research
Minority/Diversity
  • Cultural competencies
  • Intro Health Disparities
  • Challenges / Opportunities for Minority Faculty
  • Disparities in CVD
  • CVD and AA women
  • Inclusion of women in NIH trials
  • Health care policy and effect on health disparities
  • Intro to health disparities
  • Racial and ethnic influences on health
  • Disabilities and other issues of diversity
  • Health behavior models in minority populations
  • Challenges / opportunities for minority faculty: Pathway to success
  • Race and Health
  • Intro to Latino health disparities research
  • CHD Risk Factors in Latino populations
  • Childhood origins of chronic diseases in Latino populations
  • Working with Community Partners and Promoters
  • Latino Health Disparities Research
  • Lectures – Unique issues faced by URM mentees in conducting research and in pursuing independent research careers
  • Climbing the academic ladder; tenure and promotion
  • Professional development
  • Multiple lectures: “Unique issues faced by URM mentees in conducting research and in pursuing independent research careers”(Choudhry, Davila-Roman, DeBaun, Gavin & Rotimi)
Grant Writing Workshops/Training
  • Grant-writing workshops by NHLBI
    • NIH Overview
    • Grant Idea Development
    • NIH Grant Application Preparation
    • NIH Grant Submission
    • Career Development Award Application Components
    • Career Development Award Mechanism for New Investigators
    • R Series Mechanism
    • Peer Review and Grant Review
    • Policies and Procedures
  • Grant-writing workshops by NHLBI
    • NIH Overview
    • Grant Idea Development
    • NIH Grant Application Preparation
    • NIH Grant Submission
    • Career Development Award Application Components
    • Career Development Award Mechanism for New Investigators
    • R Series Mechanism
    • Peer Review and Grant Review
    • Policies and Procedures
  • Writing a Successful NIH grant application
  • Grant-writing workshops by NHLBI
    • NIH Overview
    • Grant Idea Development
    • NIH Grant Application Preparation
    • NIH Grant Submission
    • Career Development Award Application Components
    • Career Development Award Mechanism for New Investigators
    • R Series Mechanism
    • Peer Review and Grant Review
    • Policies and Procedures
  • Multiple Panel Discussions
  • Grant-writing workshops by NHLBI
    • NIH Overview
    • Grant Idea Development
    • NIH Grant Application Preparation
    • NIH Grant Submission
    • Career Development Award Application Components
    • Career Development Award Mechanism for New Investigators
    • R Series Mechanism
    • Peer Review and Grant Review
    • Policies and Procedures
  • What makes a good grant proposal
  • Developing a grant timeline
  • Mock study section
  • Grant-writing workshops by NHLBI
    • NIH Overview
    • Grant Idea Development
    • NIH Grant Application Preparation
    • NIH Grant Submission
    • Career Development Award Application Components
    • Career Development Award Mechanism for New Investigators
    • R Series Mechanism
    • Peer Review and Grant Review
    • Policies and Procedures
  • One-on-one meetings w/NHLBI
  • Panel Discussion and grant writing workshops by local WU experts
  • Grant-writing workshops by NHLBI
    • NIH Overview
    • Grant Idea Development
    • NIH Grant Application Preparation
    • NIH Grant Submission
    • Career Development Award Application Components
    • Career Development Award Mechanism for New Investigators
    • R Series Mechanism
    • Peer Review and Grant Review
    • Policies and Procedures
Research Project and Grant Proposal Development
  • First Summer:
    • Develop own proposal by end of 1st week
    • Present proposal by end of 2nd week
  • Submit draft prior to 2nd SI
  • Mock study section during 2nd SI
  • Develop/present initial proposal by end of 1st SI
  • Submit draft prior to 2nd SI
  • Mock study section during 2nd SI
  • On-going grant-writing support
  • Almost exclusive focus on grant proposals for 2-week second SI
  • Grant Proposal Development
  • Developing a Grant Team
  • Grant Mechanisms
  • Working with Community Partners, Program Managers and Promoters
  • Mentees Grant Proposal Presentation
  • Mock Study Sessions (see Mid-Yr Visit)
  • Research project design
  • Research collaborators
  • Developing a grant proposal
  • Research project development, including daily brain-storming meetings during SI’s at lunch
  • Evolving plans, presentations, critiques
  • Mock Study Sessions (see Mid-Yr Visit)
  • Ongoing grant-writing critique & support
Monthly Support/Regular Networking Regular mentor/mentee interactions Monthly webinars, academic networking Interactions with existing Columbia programs for mutual support Regular mentor/mentee communications Regular contact among Mentoring committee Regular mentor/mentee communications
Scientific Writing Writing/Publishing Research Papers Writing/Publishing Research Papers Scientific Writing Technical Writing Skills
I & II
Lectures by and individual feedback from Karen Dodson, Technical Writing Editor
Career Planning Career Development Career Development (see Mentoring) Professional training and career development Career Ladder & Authorship
Networking with Senior Researchers
Career planning & Networking Regular F2F meetings with Director and Mentors to discuss career plans
Mentoring Mentoring partnerships

  • Improving mentee’s research skills
  • Providing motivation and personal growth
  • Providing career guidance
  • Promoting mentees for scholarships and other development opportunities
Mentoring partnerships

  • Improving mentee’s research skills
  • Providing motivation and personal growth
  • Providing career guidance
  • Promoting mentees for scholarships and other development opportunities
Mentoring partnerships

  • Ongoing structured mentorship experience
Mentoring partnerships

  • Ongoing structured mentorship experience
  • Visits to mentee’s institution by mentors
Partnerships

  • Visits to mentor’s institution (see Mid-Year) to refine bench skills and career planning
    • Research plans
    • Grant writing skills
    • Career Development
    • Additional bench training
Partnerships

  • Mentors from (1) WUSTL plus (2) Trainee’s home institution.
  • Daily group and one-on-one meetings during SI’s
  • Daily F2F meetings during SI’s
  • Ongoing communications via email or Skype
Mentor Selection
  • Mentoring team declared by end of first SI
  • Director contacts faculty with expertise in mentee’s area and sets up initial interview
  • Director discusses roles and responsibilities with each team
  • Primary and secondary mentors assigned
  • Initial pool of 12 mentors
  • Mentoring team declared by end of first SI
  • Director contacts faculty with expertise in mentee’s area and sets up initial interview
  • Director discusses roles and responsibilities with each team
  • Primary and secondary mentors assigned
  • Initial pool of 12 mentors
  • Applicants select mentoring team (a list of Columbia CER mentors is available)
  • Selection committee makes recommendations for mentoring team, if needed.
  • National leaders in respective fields
  • Mentoring team declared end of 1st SI
  • Teams chosen according to area of expertise and geographical considerations
  • Director contacts faculty with expertise in mentee’s area and sets up initial interview
  • Director discusses roles and responsibilities with each team
  • Initial pool of 12 mentors
  • Mentoring team established by end of first summer institute
  • National experts in field identified
  • Matching research interests of mentee and PRIDE mentor
  • Mentor identified at home institution
  • Potential to establish long-term research collaborations
  • One or more WUSTL mentors (matching research and interests)
  • One home institution mentor if possible or a national leader
  • Mentors matched prior to first SI based on background and research interests, but evaluated during first SI to make sure the matching is good
Mentoring Process
  • Meet bi-monthly (in person, webinars, other means)
  • Contact initiated by mentee
  • Periodic monitoring by Program Director to assess if match is appropriate
  • Meet bi-monthly (in person, webinars, other means)
  • Contact initiated by mentee
  • Periodic monitoring by Program Director to assess if match is appropriate
  • Frequency of meetings is decided between mentor and mentee (bi-monthly is recommended).
  • Meet with Program Directors quarterly.
  • Meet regularly either in person, or by phone or e-mail
  • Contact initiated by mentee
  • Periodic monitoring by Program Director to assess if match is appropriate
  • Face-to-face meeting first day of PRIDE
  • Email contact
  • Face-to face meeting mid-year
  • Monitor online evaluation
  • Encounters at national meetings
  • Contact made by Skype
  • Mentors meet daily during the Summer Institute and Mid-year Visit
  • Mentees initiate contact
  • Periodic monitoring by program staff
  • Contact made periodically by phone or Skype when summer institute is not in session
Ultimate Goal Submit grant application to acquire NIH-sponsored funding Submit grant application to acquire NIH-sponsored funding Submit grant application to acquire NIH, AHRQ-sponsored funding Submit grant application to acquire NIH-sponsored funding Submit grant application to acquire NHLBI-sponsored funding Submit grant application to acquire NIH-sponsored funding
Mid-Year Meeting
  • Support, Networking
  • Support, Networking
  • Fall and Spring seminars, workshops and conferences
  • Discussions and progress updates
  • Individual meetings and conversations
  • Mock Study Sessions
  • Writing retreats
  • Individual meetings,
  • Mentee visits lab of mentor to refine plans and skills,
  • see Mentoring
  • F2F visit to WUSTL
  • Discussions and progress updates
  • Individual mentor-trainee meetings
  • Mock Study sessions
Long-Term Follow-Up
  • Monthly progress reports, quarterly discussions with mentors to
  • Webinars, academic social networking and mid-year meetings
  • Monthly progress reports, quarterly discussions with mentors to
  • Webinars, academic social networking and mid-year meetings
  • Evaluations
  • Three-year reunion
  • Continued mentor-trainee communication to develop grant projects & career
  • Evaluations
  • Webinars, academic social networking and mid-year meetings
  • Continued mentor-trainee communication to develop grant projects & career goals
  • Evaluations
  • Annual conference call to prepare for SI
  • Mentor-trainee communication about grant developments
  • Evaluations, Progress reports and other follow-up
  • Select long term follow up by program staff
Program-Specific Topics
Ombudsman Faculty advisory committee Faculty advisory committee
  • Remain in contact with scholars
  • Intermediary between program leaders and participants
  • Pursue resolutions to problems/concerns, if any
  • Ensure confidentiality/comfort of scholars
  • Program Manager designated as program Ombudsman
  • Remain in contact with scholars
  • Intermediary between program leaders and participants
  • Pursue resolutions to problems/concerns, if any
  • Ensure confidentiality/comfort of scholars
  • Program Administrator
  • Program Director intermediary between mentees/mentors
  • PRIDE administrative team
  • Coordination Core staff
  • Program Manager designated as program Ombudsman
  • Intermediary between Mentees and Mentors
Time Commitment/Duration
Duration: 1st SI ~ 2 weeks ~ 2 weeks ~ 5 weeks 2 weeks ~ 3 weeks 3 weeks
Duration: 2nd SI ~ 1 week ~ 1 week ~ 2 weeks · 1 week ~ 2 weeks 3 weeks
Duration: Mid-Year ~ 2 days ~ 2 days Fall/Spring ongoing 2 days ~ 2 days ~ 2 days
Duration: Annual Workshop ~ 3 days ~ 3 days ~ 3 days ~ 3 days ~ 3 days ~ 3 days
Dates: 1st SI – Cohort 1 (2011) July 11-July 22, 2011 July 31-Aug 13, 2011 July 5-Aug 9, 2011 July 15-July 30, 2011 July 11-July 26, 2011 July 13-Aug 3, 2011
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 1 (2012) July 8-July 21, 2012 Aug 5-Aug 11, 2012 June 11-June 15, 2012
(dates may change)
July 15-July 20, 2012 July 23-Aug 4, 2012 July 30-Aug 17, 2012
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 1 Nov 13, 2011 TBA TBA TBA TBA Jan 5-6, 2012
Dates: Annual Workshop – Cohort 1 May 2-4, 2012 May 2-4, 2012 May 2-4, 2012 May 2-4, 2012 May 2-4, 2012 May 2-4, 2012
Dates: 1st SI -
Cohort 2 (2012)
July 8-July 21, 2012 July 29-Aug 11, 2012 July 2-Aug 7, 2012 July 20-Aug 3, 2012 July 9-July 24, 2012 July 12-July 31, 2012
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 2 (2013) July 14-July 20, 2013 Aug 5-Aug 10, 2013 June 24-June 28, 2013
(dates may change)
July 12-July 18, 2013
(dates may change)
July 22-Aug 3, 2013 July 28-Aug 15, 2013
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 2 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA Jan 10-11, 2013
Dates: Annual Workshop – Cohort 2 May 8-10, 2013 May 8-10, 2013 May 8-10, 2013 May 8-10, 2013 May 8-10, 2013 May 8-10, 2013
Dates: 1st SI -
Cohort 3 (2013)
July 7–July 20, 2013 July 28–Aug 10, 2013 July 1–Aug 6, 2013
(dates may change)
July 12–July 27, 2013
(dates may change)
July 8–July 23, 2013 July 10–July 31, 2013
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 3 (2014) Nov 13, 2011 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 3 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
Dates: Annual Workshop – Cohort 3 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
Category Cardiovascular-Related Research (SUNY) Behavioral and Sleep Medicine (SUNY) Comparative Effectiveness Research (Columbia) Mentoring Researchers in Latino Health Disparities (SDSU) Functional and Applied Genomics of Blood Disorders (GRU) Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology (WUSTL)

*This table represents the approximate content, structure and duration of each Summer Institute Program. Elements of each program are likely to change from
year-to-year in response to the needs of the participating cohort. Please contact individual programs for more detail.

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