Summer Institute Program Descriptions

Similarities and Differences across Summer Institute Programs
Aims, Training Emphasis, and Structures (XLSX) (PDF)

Advanced Health Disparities Training (AHD)
Behavioral and Sleep Medicine (BSM)
Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology (CGE)
Cardiovascular Health-Related Research (CVD)
Functional and Translational Genomics of Blood Disorders (FTG)
HBCU-PRIDE (HBCU)
Research in Implementation Science for Equity (RISE)

 

Cardiovascular Health-Related Research (CVD)
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Category Cardiovascular Health-Related Research (CVD)
# Trainees/Year 12
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
Outcomes 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
Research Design and Analysis
  • Research Design, Methods, Analysis
  • Intro Epidemiology / Biostatistics
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Principles of biostatistics
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
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
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
Monthly Support/Regular Networking Regular mentor/mentee interactions
Scientific Writing Writing/Publishing Research Papers
Career Planning Career Development
Mentoring Mentoring partnerships

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

 

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 Process
  • Meet bi-monthly (in person, webinars, other means)
  • Contact initiated by mentee
  • Periodic monitoring by Program Director to assess if match is appropriate
Ultimate Goal Submit grant application to acquire NIH-sponsored funding
Mid-Year Meeting
  • Support, Networking
Long-Term Follow-Up
  • Monthly progress reports, quarterly discussions with mentors to
  • Webinars, academic social networking and mid-year meetings
Program-Specific Topics
Ombudsman Faculty advisory committee
Time Commitment/Duration
Duration: 1st SI ~ 2 weeks
Duration: 2nd SI ~ 2 days
Duration: Mid-Year ~ 1 week
Duration: Annual Meeting ~ 2-3 days
Dates: 1st SI – Cohort 4 (2015) July 19-August 01, 2015
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 4 (2016) TBA
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 4 TBA
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 4 TBA
Dates: 1st SI -

Cohort 5 (2016)

TBA
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 5 (2017) TBA
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 5 TBA
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 5 TBA
Dates: 1st SI -

Cohort 6 (2017)

TBA
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 6 (2018) TBA
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 6 TBA
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 6 TBA
Dates: Annual Workshop – Cohort 7 Summer, 2019
Category Cardiovascular Health-Related Research (CVD)

Behavioral and Sleep Medicine (BSM)
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Category Behavioral and Sleep Medicine (BSM)
# Trainees/Year 12
Aims as specified by individual programs
  • 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
Outcomes Submit grant application to acquire NHLBI-sponsored funding
General Training Areas
Didactic and/or Laboratory Training Courses that are specific to training emphasis in each program
  • 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
Research Design and Analysis
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Assessing NIH and CDC sponsored National data
Responsible Conduct of Research Responsible Conduct of Research
Minority/Diversity
  • 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
Research Project and Grant Proposal Development
  • Develop/present initial proposal by end of 1st SI
  • Submit draft prior to 2nd SI
  • Mock study section during 2nd SI
Monthly Support/Regular Networking Monthly webinars, academic networking
Scientific Writing Writing/Publishing Research Papers
Career Planning Career Development (see Mentoring)
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 Process
  • Meet bi-monthly (in person, webinars, other means)
  • Contact initiated by mentee
  • Periodic monitoring by Program Director to assess if match is appropriate
Ultimate Goal Submit grant application to acquire NHLBI-sponsored funding
Mid-Year Meeting
  • Support, Networking
Long-Term Follow-Up
  • Monthly progress reports, quarterly discussions with mentors to
  • Webinars, academic social networking and mid-year meetings
Program-Specific Topics
Ombudsman Faculty advisory committee
Time Commitment/Duration
Duration: 1st SI ~ 2 weeks
Duration: 2nd SI ~ 1 week
Duration: Mid-Year ~ 2 days
Duration: Annual Meeting ~ 3 days
Dates: 1st SI – Cohort 4 (2015) July 31-Aug 13, 2011
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 4 (2016) Aug 5-Aug 11, 2012
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 4 TBA
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 4 May 2-4, 2012
Dates: 1st SI -

Cohort 5 (2016)

July 29-Aug 11, 2012
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 5 (2017) Aug 5-Aug 10, 2013
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 5 TBA
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 5 May 8-10, 2013
Dates: 1st SI -

Cohort 6 (2017)

July 28–Aug 10, 2013
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 6 (2018) July 13-20, 2014
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 6 TBA
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 6 April 29-May 1, 2014
Dates: Annual Workshop – Cohort 7 Summer, 2019
Category Behavioral and Sleep Medicine (BSM)

Advanced Health Disparities Training (AHD)
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Category Advanced Health Disparities Training (AHD)
# Trainees/Year
Aims as specified by individual programs
  • Identify, encourage, and recruit outstanding junior URBMS faculty and transitioning postdoctoral scientists proceeding from a range of disciplines relevant to HLBS disorders.
  • Provide interprofessional opportunities via curriculum-based training and engagement in conceptualization, design and implementation of collaborative multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary research projects.
  • Expand educational and collaborative links with major peer universities and research institutions (e.g., applicant’s home institutions), especially those that train large numbers of students from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.
  • Provide a structured training program that includes:
    • a core didactic curriculum
    • research participation with ongoing mentoring by a team of experts
    • manuscript preparation and presentation skills
    • grant preparation and funding mechanisms
    • interprofessional career development and leadership training tailored to URBMS professionals
    • training in responsible conduct of research
    • skill development in topics essential to health disparities researchers including advanced statistical methods and community-based prevention and participatory research
Outcomes Submit grant application to acquire NHLBI-sponsored funding
General Training Areas
Didactic and/or Laboratory Training Courses that are specific to training emphasis in each program
  • Health Disparities, emphasizing Latino/a and Native American populations
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Leadership and career development workshops
  • Tours of the US-Mexico border and Native American communities
Research Design and Analysis
  • Research Design, Methods, Analysis
  • Epidemiology/Biostatistics (intro & advanced)
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Design & Analysis of Health Outcomes and Effectiveness Research
Responsible Conduct of Research
Minority/Diversity
  • Introduction to rural Southwest, Latino/a and Native American social determinants of health, access, quality, and Health Disparities
  • Tours of US-Mexico border and Native American communities
  • Career and leadership workshops designed to address the needs of underrepresented faculty
Grant Writing Workshops/Training
  • Grant-writing didactic course with local grant writing experts and successful recipients of multiple peer reviewed federal grants
  • Grant review by team of mentors
  • Mock NIH style grant review of participant’s drafted grants
  • Grant-writing workshops by NHLBI
Research Project and Grant Proposal Development
Monthly webinars, academic networking
Writing/Publishing Research Papers
Career Planning Interprofessional leadership and career development
Mentoring Training on mentoring best practices and strategies for supporting underrepresented faculty
Mentor Selection
  • Mentoring team includes local and national experts in HLBS health disparities research
  • Mentoring team identified by the end of SI 1
  • Mentors matched based on background, research interests and career goal
  • Mentor relationships evaluated regularly
Mentoring Process
  • Meet at least monthly and participate in webinars monthly
  • At least one lab visit
  • Meet at national meetings (at least one)
Ultimate Goal Submit grant application to acquire NHLBI-sponsored funding
Mid-Year Meeting Support, networking and detailed grant proposal feedback
Long-Term Follow-Up
  • Continued communication to develop grant, career and research
  • Evaluations
  • Periodic reunions
Program-Specific Topics
Ombudsman Internal Advisory Committee
Time Commitment/Duration
Duration: 1st SI ~ 2 weeks
Duration: 2nd SI ~ 1 weeks
Duration: Mid-Year ~ 2 days
Duration: Annual Meeting ~ 2-3 days
Dates: 1st SI – Cohort 4 (2015) June 8- June 19, 2015
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 4 (2016) June 20- June 24, 2016
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 4 TBA
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 4 TBA
Dates: 1st SI -

Cohort 5 (2016)

TBA
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 5 (2017) TBA
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 5 TBA
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 5 TBA
Dates: 1st SI -

Cohort 6 (2017)

TBA
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 6 (2018) TBA
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 6 TBA
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 6 TBA
Dates: Annual Workshop – Cohort 7 Summer, 2019
Category Advanced Health Disparities Training (AHD)

HBCU-PRIDE
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Category HBCU-PRIDE
# Trainees/Year 8
Aims as specified by individual programs
  • Provision of research training and mentoring by interdisciplinary faculty in the area of obesity health disparities
  • Manuscript and grant writing workshops to support research independence
  • Quarterly webinars, professional networking, and peer learning communities
  • On-going mentoring and research collaboration
  • Dynamic training in qualitative, quantitative and intervention development methods
  • Opportunity to attend and participate in a national obesity conference focused on obesity health disparities
  • Utilization of Individual Development Plans (IDPs)
  • HBCU PRIDE alumni network for ongoing training and support (post program completion)
Outcomes Submission of high quality grant applications 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 and obesity
  • Evidence- and community-based obesity prevention and treatment interventions
  • Introduction to seminal obesity research studies
  • Multidisciplinary didactic curriculum
  • Measurement challenges in obesity
Research Design and Analysis
  • Research design
  • Methods and analysis
  • Data collection
  • Survey research
  • Participant recruitment and retention
Responsible Conduct of Research Training in Responsible Conduct of Research led by Dr. Elizabeth Heitman
Minority/Diversity
  • Introduction to Health Disparities
  • Interactive workshops regarding unique issue faced by underrepresented minority faculty conducting research, particularly in academic institutions with high teaching loads
  • Unique focus on HBCU environments
  • Theoretically-driven training program rooted in African American
Grant Writing Workshops/Training
  • Grant-writing panel discussion
  • NIH Grant writing workshop topics:
    • Idea development
    • Introduction to NIH grant application
    • NIH grant mechanisms
    • Grant preparation and submission process
    • Career development awards
    • R mechanism
    • Introduction to NIH study section and grant review process
    • NIH tools
Research Project and Grant Proposal Development
  • Ongoing manuscript and grant writing support
  • Research project concept development
  • Grant proposal development
  • Presentation forum and critiques
  • Mock study section
Monthly Support/Regular Networking Regular mentor/mentee communications and academic mentoring
Scientific Writing Writing/Publishing peer-reviewed scientific publications

Technical writing skills

Career Planning Career development, planning, and networking
Mentoring
  • Mentoring partnerships
  • Mentors participate in mentor training program
  • Improving mentee’s research skills
  • Tailored career development plans
  • Professional meetings with mentors
  • Promoting mentees for other professional development opportunities
  • Novel videos with mentoring advice
Mentor Selection Nationally respected obesity health disparity researches

Mentoring team established by end of first Summer Institute

Selection committee makes recommendations for mentoring team, if needed

One home institution mentor if possible, or a national leader

Mentoring Process Meetings in person, scheduled conference calls, webinars, and at national meetings

Regular email contact

Periodic monitoring by Program Administrator to assess mentoring process via conference calls

Ultimate Goal Submission of high quality grant applications to acquire NIH-sponsored funding
Mid-Year Meeting Support and mentoring

Individual meetings

Review of grant proposal ideas

Potential collaborations on manuscripts

Long-Term Follow-Up Evaluations

Quarterly discussion

Annual meeting

HBCU Alumni Program

Program-Specific Topics
Ombudsman Program Administrator

PRIDE Administrative Team

Coordination Core

Ensure confidentiality and comfort of mentees

Time Commitment/Duration
Duration: 1st SI ~ 10 days
Duration: 2nd SI ~ 5 days
Duration: Mid-Year ~ 2-3 week
Duration: Annual Meeting ~ 2-3 days
Dates: 1st SI – Cohort 4 (2015) June 21-July 01, 2015
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 4 (2016) TBA
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 4 TBA
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 4 TBA
Dates: 1st SI -Cohort 5 (2016) TBA
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 5 (2017) TBA
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 5 TBA
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 5 TBA
Dates: 1st SI -Cohort 6 (2017) TBA
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 6 (2018) TBA
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 6 TBA
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 6 TBA
Dates: Annual Workshop – Cohort 7 Summer, 2019
Category HBCU-PRIDE

UCSF Research in Implementation Sciences for Equity (RISE)
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Category UCSF Research in Implementation Sciences for Equity (RISE)
# Trainees/Year 10
Aims as specified by individual programs The Implementation Science Institute (ISI). Implementation Science (ImS), is a branch of research that focuses on “use of strategies to adopt and integrate evidence-based health interventions and change practice patterns within specific settings”. ImS holds particular promise as a mechanism to address the disproportionate burden of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease in minority communities and the challenges in treatments of these conditions. The 2 week summer institute is a rigorous, efficient training program in implementation science theory and methods focused on helping participants develop protocols in implementation sciences.   Didactic and workshop sessions will be combined with access to core faculty and other UCSF mentors with expertise in cardiovascular or pulmonary disease research.  Distance mentoring in implementation science will continue throughout the year following the initial in-person session.  The summer session in Year 2 will focus on written implementation science protocols that can be used for career development grant awards or intramural funding depending on the level of trainee.

 

The Careers-in-Progress Program (CIP).  The Careers-in-Progress Program is a novel curriculum designed to enhance mentoring, social support, academic and emotional competence skill acquisition, and increase self-efficacy in research career development for trainees.  This innovative program is adapted from a highly successful one funded by the NIMHD and focusses on mentoring and skill building unique in programs focused on increasing self-efficacy of URM trainees, while also including more traditional skill building activities in presenting research, writing manuscripts, developing grant proposals.  The CIP curriculum will begin during the first summer institute, will continue via distance mentoring throughout the year, and will conclude with intensive grant and manuscript writing activities during the second summer session.

 

Robust research networks.  Throughout the two years of skill building and mentoring activities, UCSF-RISE will focus in particular on developing and sustaining research networks.  Participants will be encouraged to develop connections with UCSF faculty engaged in cardiovascular and pulmonary research during the two summer periods.  In-person sessions in the intervening years will be designed to broaden these networks with other researchers nationally, as well as strengthen those connections among the UCSF-RISE participants and mentors at their home institutions.  A major role of UCSF-RISE faculty will be to facilitate connections and nurture these networks throughout.

Outcomes Submit grant applications to acquire NIH-sponsored funding
General Training Areas
Didactic and/or Laboratory Training Courses that are specific to training emphasis in each program Using lectures, cases studies, and team mentored group work the following competencies will be addressed:

  • Context Identification
  • Assessment of Evidence Relevant to Topics
  • Community Engagement
  • Behavior Change – Tools and Communications
  • Intervention Design and Implementation
  • Mixed Methods, community-engaged and participatory research design
  • Evaluation of Effects of Translational Activities
  • Team Science
  • Qualitative and quasi-experimental designs to plan, implement, and evaluate interventions and policy impact.
  • Writing of grant proposals and academic papers
  • Career Development Plans
Research Design and Analysis
Responsible Conduct of Research Didactic session on Responsible Conduct of Research
Minority/Diversity Introduction to Health Disparities research using Implementation Science Strategies
Grant Writing Workshops/Training
  • Grant writing workshops on how to prepare an NIH grant
  • Identifying right funding sources – approach to determining appropriate grant mechanisms for you and your research topic.
  • NIH overview and introduction to career development awards
  • Developing focused and integrated specific aims
  • Discussions of grants for pilot funding
  • Overview of the R mechanism
  • Peer Review and Grant Review policies and procedures
  • Communication at national meetings: abstracts, posters, oral presentations – discussion using Browner et al – publishing and presenting research
  • Communicating with NIH program officers
Research Project and Grant Proposal Development
  • Develop research project design and draft aims during first summer institute
  • Develop proposal during the year via distance mentoring
  • Present draft proposal during second summer institute for feedback and further refining
Monthly Support/Regular Networking
  • Weekly phone calls and webinars between scholars and their mentors
  • Topics will alternate between Implementation Science and Career Development activities
Scientific Writing The Writer’s Algorithm 1 and 2 (Markowitz) – approach to initiating writing of manuscripts, revising, responding to critiques – including intensive writing and critiquing as well
Career Planning Develop Individual Career Development Plan (IDP)
Mentoring
  • Primary Career Mentor – each scholar will be paired with one of the PIs as their primary mentor to structured guidance on developing grant proposals, career development plans and IDP
  • Primary ImS methodology mentor – each scholar will be paired with ImS experts as their primary methodological mentor for ongoing support with how to use to Implementation Science strategies and frameworks in designing interventions
  • UCSF affiliate mentor – scholars will have access to over 20 UCSF faculty with expertise in cardiovascular or pulmonary disease research
  • RISE scholar’s home mentor – scholars are expected to have a mentor at their home institution for support during the year
Mentor Selection
  • Mentoring team will be developed on receipt of the full applications and during the first week of the first summer institute
  • Scholars will have access to mentors with expertise in Implementation Science, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease and mentors who have successfully competed for NIH R and Center grants
  • Program PIs will contact mentors to set-up initial interviews with scholars during the first week of the first summer institute
Mentoring Process
  • Meeting 1: Introductions and goal setting for the summer – discrete goals and activities for the summer will be reviewed.
  • Meeting 2: Review of career development plan (CDP) and development of IDP.
  • Meeting 3: Interim review of progress toward summer goals – these sessions will include problem-solving if goals are not being met
  • Meeting 4: Goal setting for year-long activities – the structure of year-long activities, the mentors involved, and the goals to be accomplished will be outlined.
  • The first Tuesday of every month will be reserved for one-on-one meetings between the primary career mentor and RISE scholar to occur by phone or skype
  • Second and Third Tuesday of the month will be made available for either sessions with ImS mentors, UCSF affiliated mentors, or peer mentors
  • Fourth Tuesday of the month will be held for the monthly UCSF-RISE works-in-progress (WIP). The WIP will be an opportunity for scholars to present their ongoing work, receive feedback from RISE faculty and peers, and learn from the presentation and discussion of others’ work.
Ultimate Goal Submit grant application for NIH funding.
Mid-Year Meeting
  • Strengthen connections between UCSF-RISE scholars and mentors through individual and group meetings
  • Updates on research proposal development
  • Problem solve ImS methodological questions
  • Meeting will coincide with either the AHA or ATS annual meeting whenever possible
Long-Term Follow-Up
  • Weekly phone calls or skype sessions
  • Monthly WIPs and webinars
  • Social networking through Linked In groups and Tweets
  • Mid-year meeting
  • Annual meeting hosted by NHLBI\
  • Capstone symposium – A final 2 day symposium bringing together all 30 UCSF RISE scholars and mentors – will provide RISE graduates to not only receive additional career and ImS content mentoring and present their ongoing research but will also be a great networking opportunity for collaborations for successful NIH grants
Program-Specific Topics
Ombudsman
  • Primary Mentor and Program Manager to remain in contact with scholars during the year
  • Problem solve course issues through Primary Mentor and logistical and programmatic issues through Program Manager
Time Commitment/Duration
Duration: 1st SI ~ 2 weeks
Duration: 2nd SI ~ 1 week
Duration: Mid-Year ~ 2 days
Duration: Annual Meeting ~ 2-3 days
Dates: 1st SI – Cohort 4 (2015) July 27-August 07, 2015
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 4 (2016) July 2016 (to be confirmed)
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 4 Fall/Spring
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 4 May 2015
Dates: 1st SI -

Cohort 5 (2016)

TBA
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 5 (2017) TBA
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 5 TBA
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 5 TBA
Dates: 1st SI -

Cohort 6 (2017)

TBA
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 6 (2018) TBA
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 6 TBA
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 6 TBA
Dates: Annual Workshop – Cohort 7 Summer, 2019
Category UCSF Research in Implementation Sciences for Equity (RISE)

Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology (CGE)
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Category Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology (CGE)
# Trainees/Year 8
Aims as specified by individual programs
  • Provide workingknowledge ingeneticepidemiology andbioinformatics
  • Integrate skills withsubstantiveresearch intereststo develop newgrant applications
  • Mixture of didacticcourse work,survey lectures andmeetings withmentors
  • Ongoing mentoringand possibleresearchcollaborationsbased on mutualresearch interests
  • Grant-writing skillsthrough workshopsand brainstormingsessions
Outcomes Submit grantapplication to acquireNIH-sponsored funding
General Training Areas
Didactic and/or Laboratory Training Courses that are specific to training emphasis in each program
  • 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
  • Genetic Epidemiology (SI-1)
  • Bioinformatics (SI-2)
  • Survey Lectures
Responsible Conduct of Research Responsible Conduct of Research
Minority/Diversity Multiple lectures: “Unique issues faced by URM mentees in conducting research and in pursuing independent research careers”(Gavin, McGee, & Davila-Roman)
Grant Writing Workshops/Training
  • 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
  • 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 communications
Scientific Writing Lectures by and individual feedback from Karen Dodson, Technical Writing Editor
Career Planning Regular F2F meetings with Director and Mentors to discuss career plans
Mentoring 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
  • 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
  • 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 NHLBI-sponsored funding
Mid-Year Meeting
  • F2F visit to WUSTL
  • Discussions and progress updates
  • Individual mentor-trainee meetings
  • Mock Study sessions
Long-Term Follow-Up
  • 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
  • Program Manager designated as program Ombudsman
  • Intermediary between Mentees and Mentors
Time Commitment/Duration
Duration: 1st SI ~ 3 weeks
Duration: 2nd SI ~ 3 weeks
Duration: Mid-Year ~ 2 days
Duration: Annual Meeting ~ 3 days
Dates: 1st SI – Cohort 4 (2015) July 12-July 01, 2015
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 4 (2016) TBA end of July – August, 2016
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 4 TBA January, 2016
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 4 TBA April/May, 2016
Dates: 1st SI -Cohort 5 (2016) TBA
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 5 (2017) TBA
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 5 TBA
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 5 TBA
Dates: 1st SI -Cohort 6 (2017) TBA
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 6 (2018) TBA
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 6 TBA
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 6 TBA
Dates: Annual Workshop – Cohort 7 Summer, 2019
Category Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology (CGE)

Functional and Translational Genomics of Blood Disorders (FTG)
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Category Functional and Translational Genomics of Blood Disorders (FTG)
# Trainees/Year 12
Aims as specified by individual programs
  • Provide didactic and hands-on bench research training in interdisciplinary functional and translational genomics approaches to study blood cell disorders
  • Provide mentees with access to cutting-edge techniques/application
  • Help develop strategies for grant submission
Outcomes Submit a successful grant application for NHLBI-sponsored funding
Improved career preparation, confidence, networking, and satisfaction
General Training Areas
Didactic and/or Laboratory Training Courses that are specific to training emphasis in each program
  • Multidisciplinary didactic curriculum
  • Translational research approaches
  • Gene expression and proteomics
  • Hands-on bench research training in functional and applied genomics techniques
  • Peer-mentoring workshop
Research Design and Analysis
  • Research Design, Methods, Analysis
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Bioinformatics analysis
Responsible Conduct of Research Responsible Conduct of Research
Minority/Diversity

  • 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
  • Improved understanding of health disparities research opportunities

 

 

 

Grant Writing Workshops/Training
  • 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
Research Project and Grant Proposal Development
  • Research project design
  • Research collaborators
  • Developing a grant proposal
  • 1-on-1 Grant Review
Monthly Support/Regular Networking
  • Regular contact among Mentoring committee
  • Peer-mentoring network
  • Electronic social networking site
Scientific Writing Technical Writing Skills I & II
Career Planning
  • Career planning & networking
  • Personal development workshop
Mentoring 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
Mentor Selection
  • Mentoring team established by start of first summer institute
  • National experts in their field identified
  • Matching research interests of mentee and PRIDE mentor
  • Career mentor identified at home institution

Potential to establish long-term research collaborations

Mentoring Process
  • 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 a successful grant application for NHLBI-sponsored funding
Mid-Year Meeting
  • Individual meetings
  • Mentee visits lab of mentor to refine plans and skills (see Mentoring)
Long-Term Follow-Up
  • Continued mentor-trainee communication to develop grant projects & career goals
  • Evaluations
  • Annual conference call to prepare for Summer Institutes
Program-Specific Topics
Ombudsman
  • Program Administrator
  • Program Director intermediary between mentees/mentors
  • PRIDE administrative team
  • PRIDE Coordination Core staff
Time Commitment/Duration
Duration: 1st SI ~ 3 weeks
Duration: 2nd SI ~ 2 weeks
Duration: Mid-Year ~ 2 days
Duration: Annual Meeting ~ 3 days
Dates: 1st SI – Cohort 4 (2015) July 06-July 22, 2015
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 4 (2016) July 25 – August 5, 2015
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 4 TBA
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 4 TBA
Dates: 1st SI -Cohort 5 (2016) July 11 – July 24, 2016
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 5 (2017) July 24 – August 4, 2017
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 5 TBA
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 5 TBA
Dates: 1st SI -Cohort 6 (2017) July 10 – July 23, 2017
Dates: 2nd SI – Cohort 6 (2018) July 23 – August 3, 2018
Dates: Mid-Year – Cohort 6 TBA
Dates: Annual Meeting – Cohort 6 TBA
Dates: Annual Workshop – Cohort 7 Summer, 2019
Category Functional and Translational Genomics of Blood Disorders (FTG)

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*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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