Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
Summer Institute Dates:
July 10 – 31, 2013
Cohort II (return)
July 28 – August 15, 2013
E-mail questions to:
D. C. Rao, Ph.D.
Victor Davila-Roman, M.D.
The primary objective of the Summer Institute in Genetic Epidemiology is to provide junior-level faculty and scientists, from minority groups that are under-represented in the sciences and/or who have a disability, with all-expenses-paid training and mentoring in genetic epidemiology and risk factors, so that they can competently and effectively develop independent research programs on cutting-edge Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep (HLBS) disorders. This initiative, to bring faculty and scientists particularly from minority groups into research, is important because of the major public health burden of these diseases, especially in minority populations.
Our Summer Institute program was designed to provide mentees with a working knowledge and appreciation for genetic epidemiology and bioinformatics methods, and to integrate these skills with their substantive research interests in CVD and HLBS problems.
Participation in the program will require mentees to:
- Participate in a 3-week Summer Institute in Genetic Epidemiology during each of two summers;
- Attend a 2-day, mid-year meeting between summers (Jan);
- Attend a 3 day PRIDE Annual Meeting in the Washington, DC area (May) and
- Establish a long-term networking relationship with a Mentor to advance your own research career.
The objectives of the Summer Institute in Genetic Epidemiology are to:
- Provide fundamental training in genetic epidemiology and bioinformatics, with an emphasis on hands-on learning, in addition to pure didactic course work;
- Advise and mentor mentees during the following year, in terms of career development for initiating independent research plans dealing with HLBS disorders; and
- Help mentees apply for independent career development research grants by taking full advantage of the extraordinary resources offered by participating institutions and mentors.
One of the great strengths of this all-expenses-paid Summer Institute is that the vast resources and rich research and training environment in the labs of the mentors will be available to all mentees. We believe that, by exposing our mentees to the full breadth and depth of ongoing research programs and resources at the participating institutions, we are ensuring that our mentees will be fully integrated with the biomedical sciences in a very natural manner.