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Training Programs

Training Programs in Vascular Biology

Here is a listing of Training Programs within the United States.

Predoctoral Training Program in Integrative Vascular Biology - University of North Carolina - McAllister Heart Institute

Christopher Mack, Director
Associate Professor of Pathology
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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Program Scope and Mission – In response to the demands of the post-genomic era, we established the Integrative Vascular Biology (IVB) Pre-doctoral Training Program at the University of North Carolina in 2002 to promote a collaborative interdisciplinary training environment for pre-doctoral students in the cardiovascular field. The IVB Program was founded on the breadth and depth of the cardiovascular research faculty at UNC and institutional strengths in genetic model systems, state of the art cell biology and imaging, high throughput genomic and proteomic analyses, and computational biology. The overall goal of the IVB Program is to provide Trainees with the interdisciplinary and collaborative skills necessary to extend their thesis work into new, innovative, and productive directions. Our primary training faculty are drawn from 12 UNC departments and have specific expertise in heart and blood vessel development, thrombosis and hemostasis, the mechanisms that contribute to atherosclerosis, and the pathophysiology and treatment of myocardial ischemic disease. By requiring trainees to collaborate with secondary mentors outside of their Field, Department, and/or Institution, the program teaches students to apply molecular, cellular, genetic, and computational approaches to pathological and physiological questions in cell, organ, and whole animal systems; to merge hypothesis- and discovery-based research; to develop high-throughput approaches in cardiovascular models, and to translate their work to clinical settings. MACKimageTrainees are exposed to the latest concepts in cardiovascular biology by enrolling in advanced paper-based courses specifically designed for UNC's Graduate Certificate Program In Cardiovascular Science, by attending formal cardiovascular seminars by inside and outside speakers, and by participating in a bi-weekly student-led discussion group. To enhance the skills necessary for effective collaboration and career advancement, Trainees attend program workshops on grant writing, career development, and scientific rigor and responsibility, and they present their data formally at the annual IVB Research Symposium, a trainee-organized event that draws over 120 cardiovascular researchers from the greater Chapel Hill area. In summary, with an outstanding history in cardiovascular research, a strong, well-funded group of investigators centered around the McAllister Heart Institute, a structured academic program in Cardiovascular Science, and institutional excellence in genetic model systems, cell biology, high throughput sequencing, and computational biology, the UNC Integrative Vascular Biology Program offers an outstanding environment for multidisciplinary training of pre-doctoral students. For more information, please contact program Director Christopher Mack.

Understanding Cardiovascular Disease Mechanisms - The University of Cincinnati and Children’s Hospital

Jeffery D Molkentin, PHD
Children's Hospital Medical Center-Cincinnati
Office of Sponsored Programs
3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC #7030
Cincinnati, OH 45229
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The University of Cincinnati and Children’s Hospital is carrying on a proud tradition of excellence in cardiovascular research and mentorship, which began 35 years ago under Dr Arnold Schwartz as one of the longest training programs in cardiovascular. Our current collective 19 faculty has placed 297 of their past trainees into academics over their careers, 154 of whom have run, or currently run independent research programs. The overall scientific emphasis of our training program will continue to build from a basic platform of cardiovascular physiology, cell biology, biochemistry and pharmacology, but will also incorporate the latest approaches in the post genomic era, as well as incorporating clinical and translational approaches. The cardiovascular environment at Cincinnati Children's and the University of Cincinnati is considered one of the very best in the country, with 19 NIH funded faculty (some 49 NIH grants amongst them as PI status), 166 collaborative papers published in 10 years, and the very latest technologies and approaches with outstanding core support. The leadership consists of the co-PIs Drs. Evangelia Kranias and Jeffery D. Molkentin, both of whom have a long standing track record of working closely together (15 years), as well as having excellent mentorship credentials. The training grant funds 3 pre- and 3 postdoctoral trainees. Predocs are selected by the Internal Advisory Committee from a wide pool arising from departmental graduate programs, while postdoctoral candidates are selected based on being accepted into a mentor's laboratory and then passing the screening process by the Internal Advisory Committee and co-PIs. The training program also has an educational core where both pre-docs and post-docs take elective classes in cardiovascular biology, genetics, statistics, grant writing and ethics in research. More importantly, the cardiovascular training faculty at the University of Cincinnati and Children’s Hospital is one of the largest groups in the nation and they incorporate the very latest technologies in the pursuit of their scientific endeavors. Strengths include generation of transgenic and gene-targeted mice, as well as CRISPR-mediated mouse production, in the pursuit of understanding single gene function in complex cardiovascular diseases. Genetics are also employed and the program also has a strong clinical mentorship track for trainees interested in translational science.

Mechanisms and Innovation in Vascular Disease – Stanford University CVI

David L. M. Preston, M.A.
Cardiovascular Institute Program Manager
Cardiovascular Institute
265 Campus Drive, G1120; MC-5454
Stanford, CA 94305
(650) 725-7964
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This program trains a total of six fellows over two years in the following areas of vascular medicine & research: Vascular Reactivity & Thrombosis, Vascular Regeneration & Development, Metabolic or Lifestyle Influences on Vascular Outcomes, Proteomic Markers & Genetic Determinants of Vascular Disease, Gender & Ethnicity Differences in Vascular Disease, and Vascular Bioengineering. Twenty-nine faculty mentors from eighteen different departments within the School of Medicine and the University provide a variety of angles from which to address fundamental questions about vascular disease. A structured curriculum, well-defined mentorship, and both internal and external evaluations ensure that fellows receive training in both research and career development to prepare them for independent careers. All fellows undergo a minimum two-year training period, with strong encouragement to submit individual research proposals (NRSA and AHA) for the following year(s). Support for a second year is conditional on evidence of research progress. At times a third year is offered for the transition to independence. It is mandatory that in Year 1 the trainee and mentor will outline a career plan for transition to independence, which may include grant preparations for funding through a K08 mechanism or application to the existing K12.

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