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West Programs

Training Programs in Vascular Biology


Nutrition; Obesity And Atherosclerosis Training Program – University of Washington

Director and Contact:
Karin Bornfeldt, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition
Associate Director, Diabetes and Obesity Center of Excellence
Deputy Director, Diabetes Research Center
University of Washington Medicine Diabetes Institute
UW Medicine Research
850 Republican Street, Box 358055
Seattle, WA 98109-4725
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Website: >https://endocrinology.uw.edu/education/

Program Scope and Mission Over-nutrition and obesity are major contributors to the cardiovascular disease epidemic in the United States and worldwide. A major reason for the increase in cardiovascular disease is the increasing prevalence of obesity in both adults and children. The rationale for the T32 Nutrition, Obesity and Atherosclerosis Training Program is to train new generations of postdoctoral MD clinicians and PhD scientists to tackle these problems, taking advantage of the broad interdisciplinary environment at the University of Washington.

The Nutrition, Obesity and Atherosclerosis Training Program’s overall goal is to provide a highly qualified and diverse group of postdoctoral MD clinicians and PhD scientists with the research skills they need to become fully independent biomedical investigators. The research supported by this training program centers on five themes, all related to increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The areas of focus are: i) Central obesity and its relationship to nutrition, dyslipidemia, and other cardiovascular risk factors. This theme includes both basic science and clinical studies of the mechanisms responsible for inflammation and other components of the metabolic syndrome, particularly central obesity. ii) Dyslipidemia and atherosclerosis. This theme includes studies of mechanisms, disorders, and other factors that lead to dyslipidemia, including the metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Mechanisms by which dyslipidemia influences events in the artery wall is an additional component. iii) Pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. This research investigates the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, using isolated vascular cells and genetically engineered mice. Mouse models that overproduce or are deficient in proteins that modulate lipoprotein profiles are frequently studied. iv) Immunity in cardiovascular disease. This newly added theme studies the interrelationship among immunity, nutritional factors, obesity, and atherosclerosis both in humans and mouse models. v) Genetic and nutritional factors in cardiovascular disease. Several genetic and nutritional factors, including dietary lipids, contribute to the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and are important in lipid disorders and inflammation. Both basic and clinical studies of the mechanisms by which genetic and nutritional factors play a role in cardiovascular disease support this theme. All of these are strong areas for both basic science and translational research emphasis at the University of Washington. In addition, each area offers our fellows numerous opportunities to acquire the multidisciplinary skills and knowledge that are essential for success in biomedical research. These areas were also chosen because they offer particularly ripe opportunities for integrating basic science and clinical medicine. This integration is essential for ensuring that today’s basic discoveries are translated into tomorrow’s clinical trials and therapies.

Research Fellowship Program in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention- Stanford Prevention Research Center

Christopher Gardner, PhD

Alana Koehler, Fellowship Coordinator
Administrative Associate for Christopher Gardner, PhD
Stanford Prevention Research Center
1265 Welch Road, X3C06
Stanford, CA 94305-5411
Voice 650 723 7822
Fax 650 725 6247
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Program Scope and Mission Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Chronic Disease Prevention and Control. The Stanford Prevention Research Center, an interdisciplinary research program on the prevention of chronic disease, is seeking MD and PhD applicants for postdoctoral research fellowships for the academic year 2018-2019. Fellows gain direct research experience in cardiovascular disease prevention, community and health psychology, behavioral medicine, intervention methods, clinical epidemiology, research design, and biostatistics.

See also the website for additional details http://prevention.stanford.edu/education/fellowship/training.html

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program - University of California San Francisco

K. Mark Ansel, PhD

K. Mark Ansel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, UCSF Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Investigator, Sandler Asthma Basic Research Center
Director, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program
513 Parnassus Avenue, Box 0414, HSE-1001E
San Francisco, CA 94143-0414
Office: (415) 476-5368
Lab: (415) 476-5373
Fax: (415) 502-4995
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Website: http://ansel.ucsf.edu

UCSF MicrobiologyProgram Scope and Mission The Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Program at UCSF provides students with a wide range of opportunities for their development as researchers that investigate the function of tissue and organ systems in development, physiology and disease. The BMS program’s curriculum provides a foundation in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology and the investigation of human biology and disease, and is customized to thematic areas through innovative mini-courses, research rotations, thematic retreats, seminars and other events. Vascular & Cardiac Biology is one of the BMS program's major themes, with over 25 dedicated faculty that are world renowned experts in their respective fields. The program provides in depth interaction and access to the Cardiovascular Institute (CVRI) and the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, together comprising over 100 faculty members investigating a wide spectrum of basic science to disease-focused and patient-based research in cardiovascular biology and disease, as well as world-class core facilities, scientific seminars and research retreats.

Comprehensive Anesthesia Research Training – University of California San Francisco

Judith Hellman, MD

Claire Harmon
Research Administration Manager
Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Care
3333 California Street, Suite 290
San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: 415-476-4762
Fax: 415-514-0500
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Website: https://anesthesia.ucsf.edu/nih-t32-postdoctoral-research-fellowship

Program Scope and Mission The primary goal of the program is to provide rigorous training in the fundamentals and techniques of conducting research in areas of concern to clinical anesthesiology and the larger practice of medicine. The Vascular Biology and Bioengineering Track hosts faculty mentors from the Departments of Anesthesia, Biochemistry and Biophysics, Bioengineering, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Medicine, Neurosurgery, Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, and Surgery. Among the broad range of topics studied are AVMs, stroke, vascular aneurysms, drug delivery across the blood brain barrier, spinal cord injury and repair, G-protein coupled receptors, PPARs, thrombosis, novel bioengineered therapeutic antibody development and biomedical imaging. Additional program tracks include Critical Care; Genomics, Outcomes Research and Bioinformatics; and Neuroscience, Pain and Addiction. Funded by the NIH/NIGMS since 1995, the T32 program supports 2 to 3-year trainee appointments, dependent on sufficient trainee progress. Applicants should be MD or MD/PhD scientists, and must be United States citizens, permanent residents or non-citizen nationals. UCSF has an exceptional commitment to excellence and diversity. We welcome all qualified applications and particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups in the sciences, including underrepresented minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. UCSF offers reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who would like to discuss potential accommodations or engage in a confidential conversation, please contact Disability Management Services at 415-476-2621. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. For more information and application instructions, contact Claire Harmon at the address above, or visit the program website.

Cardiovascular Biology Research - University of Hawai’i, Honolulu

Dr. Ralph Shohet
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Dr. Michelle Tallquist
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Center for Cardiovascular Research
John A. Burns School of Medicine
651 Ilalo Street, BSB 311
Honolulu, HI 96813
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/ccrheart

Program Scope and Mission The Training in Cardiovascular Research program is an NHLBI funded T32 grant in the Center for Cardiovascular Research at the University of Hawaii. The goal is to provide predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees with a rigorous background in cardiovascular science and techniques that will enable continued success as independent, productive, and innovative researchers. At our new medical campus on the shores of Honolulu, fellows will investigate advanced topics in cardiovascular biology within modern laboratories and with use of state-of-the-art cores. The program consists of 19 University of Hawaii investigators and an additional 10 faculty from the Cardiovascular Institute at Stanford. The training program is designed to meet individual needs but has a common core focused on a comprehensive understanding of cardiovascular science including methodology, anatomy, physiology, and molecular biology. Highlights of the program include a structured mentor program, external project review, and a cardiovascular specific curriculum including journal clubs, problem based learning, and grant writing. Appointments are 1-2 years dependent on continued progress. All fellows are encouraged to obtain independent funding, and many past trainees have been successful in procuring their own fellowships. Applications are restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. For more information, please contact the Program Deputy Director at the address above.

Bioengineering Cardiovascular Training Grant (BCTG) - University of Washington

Michael Regnier, PhD
Washington Research Foundation Professor of Bioengineering
Associate for Research, Department of Bioengineering
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98109
Ph: 206-221-0504
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Program Scope and Mission – The Bioengineering Cardiovascular Training Grant (BCTG) program provides an opportunity for predoctoral students interested in cardiovascular science and engineering to receive training support for their research under the guidance of excellent mentors. The program will simultaneously enrich the trainee’s research and strengthen the future of cardiovascular-related research and technology development in the United States.
The BCTG program is directed by Dr. Michael Regnier and a Steering Committee that selects trainees and monitors their training progress. Training support is usually provided for 2 years. Cardiovascular based research projects that involve collaboration between at least two research laboratories will be preferentially considered.
Participating departments include: Bioengineering, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Pathology, and Physiology & Biophysics. Predoctoral students from other departments may be considered. Students are eligible after being accepted into a laboratory and supported by the faculty mentor for at least one quarter. There are three main components of the training program:
1. Research in the laboratory of a BCTG faculty mentor on some aspect of cardiovascular physiology, pathology, development of therapeutic treatment, diagnostics and/or imaging.
2. A didactic component that includes a specialized course (Cardiac Bioengineering), a clinical cardiac imaging preceptorship, a seminar series that provides both broad-based knowledge and advanced concepts in focused areas, and a monthly journal club. Trainees with identified weaknesses in mathematics, engineering and/or integrative physiology will be strongly encouraged to do additional didactic training.
3. Communication and professional skills training by participation in seminar series, trainee seminars, and scientific writing programs. Emphasis is placed on career development, public speaking, manuscript preparation and writing fellowships or grant proposals (NIH, AHA, NSF, etc.) at the end of the training period.

Training in Integrative Bioengineering of Heart, Vessels, and Blood (T32 HL 105373) - University of California, San Diego

Andrew D. McCulloch, Ph.D.
UC San Diego
Department of Bioengineering
9500 Gilman Ave. MC0412
La Jolla, CA 92093-0412
Office: 858-534-2547
Fax: 858-534-5722
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Program Scope and Mission – The aim of this program is to train pre-doctoral bioengineering graduate students to apply quantitative bioengineering approaches to study integrative cardiac, vascular and blood physiology and pathophysiology and to work with physicians on developing novel technologies for therapy and diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases. Trainees learn how to conduct interdisciplinary research by integrating: (a) the engineering and biomedical sciences; (b) across physical scales of biological structure from genes and molecules to tissues and organ-systems; (c) across interacting physiological systems and subsystems; and (d) basic research with technology innovation for clinical applications. Our goal is to train the next generation of bioengineering scientists to be leaders in innovative cardiovascular research and technology development to advance healthcare delivery and improve health outcomes. The program is especially well known for its leadership in systems biology, regenerative medicine and multi-scale bioengineering. Graduates have gone on to become leaders in research, industry and academia including department chairs of top programs.

Multi-Disciplinary Training Program in Cardiovascular Imaging - Stanford University School of Medicine

Joseph Wu, MD, PhD
Stanford University School of Medicine
ProfessorDirector, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute
Simon H. Stertzer, MD Professor of Medicine & Radiology
Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building
265 Campus Drive, Rm G1120B
Stanford, CA 94305-5454
Ph: 650-736-2246
Fax: 650-736-0234
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CVI Website: http://med.stanford.edu/cvi.html

Program Scope and Mission – The Multi-Disciplinary Training Program in Cardiovascular Imaging at Stanford is funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health. The program is designed to train the next generation of CV imaging investigators by exposing them to three complementary areas – clinical, engineering, and molecular imaging. With the impact of cardiovascular disease on US and world health and the rapid advances in imaging technologies and cardiovascular biology, it is critical that fellows be provided a broad, multi-disciplinary, and collaborative training program to foster their ability to translate CV imaging research into clinical application. Mentors from the Schools of Medicine and Engineering, including Cardiovascular Medicine, Radiology, Molecular Imaging, Electrical Engineering, and Bioengineering are available. For more details: http://med.stanford.edu/cvi/education/cardiovascular-imaging-t32.html

Integrated Fellowship on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases - University of California, San Diego

Matthew A. Allison, MD, MPH, FAHA
University of California San Diego
Professor and Interim Chief
Division of Preventive Medicine
Department of Family Medicine and Public Health
9500 Gilman Drive, Mailcode 0965
La Jolla, CA 92093-0965
Phone: 858-642-3289
Fax: 858-822-7662
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Program Scope and Missionhttp://cvdepit32.ucsd.edu.

Training In Translational Science & Cardiovascular Medicine - Oregon Health & Science University

Nabil J. Alkayed, MD, PhD
James Metcalfe Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine
Professor and Director of Research, Knight Cardiovascular Institute
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, Oregon 97239
Mail Code: UHN-2 ; Phone: 503.418.5502
Fax: 503.494.3092
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Program Scope and Missionhttp://www.navbo.info/OHSU2017-18.pdf.

Cardiovascular Research Training Program at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

Thomas C. Resta, PhD
Professor and CRTP Director
Vascular Physiology Group
Dept. of Cell Biology and Physiology
MSC08 4750
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: 505-272-8822
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Home Page: http://cbp.unm.edu/faculty-profiles/resta.html

Program Scope and Mission – The Cardiovascular Research Training Program (CRTP) at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center (HSC) is funded by a T32 grant from the NIH National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The goal of the CRTP is to provide exceptional pre- and post-doctoral trainees a broad, multidisciplinary background in cardiovascular and pulmonary research with integration between basic and clinical sciences. The CRTP partners with the interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (BSGP; http://hsc.unm.edu/research/BREP/graduate/bsgp/index.html) at the UNM HSC. This non-departmental program provides training for PhD students in biomedical sciences in the first year followed by in-depth training in the chosen discipline in subsequent years. A training program with a concentration in cardiovascular physiology is available for all predoctoral CRTP trainees in the BSGP. The CRTP T32 provides an NIH level stipend, and allowances for tuition and fees, health insurance, training-related expenses, and travel to scientific meetings. Appointments are 2-3 years for predoctoral students and 2 years for postdoctoral trainees, with subsequent support provided by individual training fellowships or mentored career awards. Applications are restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. For more information and program application instructions, please contact the CRTP Program Director, Dr. Thomas Resta, at the address below.

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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Program Scope and Mission - 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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