PRIDE-CGE Summer Institute in Cardiovascular Genetics & Epidemiology

Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals in Health-Related Research


PRIDE-GE Summer Institute in Cardiovascular Genetics & Epidemiology
with a focus on Cardiovascular and other Heart, Lung, Blood and Sleep Disorders


PRIDE CGE Summer 2017: 

   Cohort 6:  Arrive on July 5th for Welcome Dinner/Networking

                    Summer Institute July 6-26, 2017

   Cohort 5:  Arrive on July 23rd for Welcome Dinner/Networking with Cohort 6

                    Summer Institute July 24th-Aug 10th, 2017


Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine, now offers an all-expense paid summer institute in genetics & epidemiology, initiated and funded by the NHLBI, for the purpose of increasing diversity in the biomedical research workforce. Junior faculty from under-represented population groups and faculty with disabilities qualify for this opportunity.   They must also be research-oriented holding a doctoral degree, such as the PhD, MD, DO, DVM or transitioning post-doctorate trainee.


The Summer Institute is designed to prepare the participants to work at the interface of genetic epidemiology, bioinformatics, cardiovascular disease, and other heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders.

The program includes:

· Two 3-week summer sessions, beginning July 6, 2017

· Didactic lectures in Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics

· Brief mid-year meeting for all participants with their mentors

· Group meeting with all PRIDE sites and NHLBI for  training and networking

· Workshops and lectures on Cardiovascular  Epidemiology and other Heart, Lung, Blood and Sleep Disorders

· Workshops in grants-writing

· Excellent opportunity to develop research skills necessary for genetic dissection of cardiovascular disease and risk factors

· Opportunity to develop a network of collaborators and resources to conduct research in the genetic epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and risk factors

Core Curriculum

· Fundamentals of Genetic Epidemiology:  Heritability, Segregation, Linkage, Association Analysis

· Bioinformatics:  Gene Expression, Data Mining and Pattern Recognition

· Survey lectures on special topics

· Group brainstorming sessions during most lunch hours with mentors and mentees for discussing and developing ideas for new grant applications

· Multiple mentor-mentee meetings throughout


Prospective Participants

Junior faculty from an underrepresented minority (URM) population group or those with a disability would qualify if:

· They have an interest in genetic epidemiology research with a focus on Cardiovascular or other Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Disorders and

· They have an interest in developing an independent research career

Program Faculty

Faculty include world renowned Genetic Epidemiologists such as: 

D.C. Rao, Ph.D., Program Director, who is one of the early pioneers of the field with substantive research interests in cardiovascular genetic epidemiology, is the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Genetic Epidemiology, and an early president of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society. 

Victor Davila-Roman, M.D., Program Co-Director, is a renowned Cardiologist and an outstanding cardiovascular geneticist with established research programs in the fields of cardiac imaging and hypertension.


Treva Rice, Ph.D. and Yun Ju Sung, Ph.D., are the Course Masters of Fundamentals of Genetic EpidemiologyDr. Rice is an outstanding genetic epidemiologist with research preeminence in the effects of gene-environment interactions involving nutrition and physical activity on cardiovascular disease and risk factors.  Dr. Sung’s research interests are statistical genetics, computational methods for gene-mapping, Monte Carlo, maximum likelihood, missing data, and    asymptotics.

Jinquin (Rosy) Luo, PhD, and C. Charles CGu, , PhD are the Course Masters of BioinformaticsDr. Luo has research interests of statistical methodology development and application involving classification methods, diagnostic test, variable selection, survival analysis and covariance estimation.  Dr. Gu's research activities encompass a wide spectrum across designing, conducting and analyzing genetic studies of complex diseases.

Additional Faculty

A host of other internationally renowned and outstanding faculty leaders from Washington University and other leading programs also participate in this program such as:  Donna Arnett (University of Alabama),  Eric Boerwinkle (University of Texas Health Science Center), Ingrid Borecki, Mario Castro, Shweta Choudhry (University of California, San Francisco), F. Sessions Cole, Sharon Cresci, Lisa de las Fuentes, Feng Gao, James Gavin III (Emory University), C. Charles Gu, Aldi Kraja, Ronald Krone, Douglas Mann, Richard McGee, JR (Northwestern University), J. Philip Miller, Aubrey Morrison, Michael Province, Susan Racette, John Rice, Kenneth Schechtman, Nathan Stitziel, Yun Ju Sung, Ting Wang, and Chengjie Xiong.



Application Materials:


1. Complete Pre-Application Form

2. Upon request, complete Main Application which consists of:


· Application Form

· Curriculum Vita

· Summary of academic work or research experience in Biostatistics, SAS, and Biological Sciences, Epidemiology, and Genetics

· Statement of research interest in CVD genetic epidemiology

· Recommendation Form and Letters of support from Department Chair and Mentor or Colleague


Apply Early.  Rolling Admissions until all slots are filled, with a target deadline of March 1, 2016.


Contact Information:


Linda Schreier, PRIDE Program Administrator

Division of Biostatistics

Washington University School of Medicine

660 S Euclid Ave, CB 8067

St Louis, MO  63110

PH:  314-362-1565

FAX:  314-362-2693





PRIDE brochure 2016 (pdf)



PRIDE flyer 2016 (pdf)