Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine, now offers an all-expense paid summer institute in genetic 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 7, 2016
- 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
- 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
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
Application Materials: www.biostat.wustl.edu/pridecc
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.
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 Epidemiology, Dr. Rice is an outstanding genetic epidemiologist with research preeminence in the effects of gene-environment interactions involvingnutrition 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 Bioinformatics. Dr. 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.
Component 1: First summer session consists of:
- Survey lectures on Fundamentals of Genetic Epidemiology, CVD, Epidemiology, etc.
- Mentor meetings for grant and career development
- Grant writing skills and lectures
Component 2: Year-long Mentoring and career development throughout first year involves
- Continuing interactions with mentors through phone calls and e-mails
- Continued planning of a research project and grant application
- Mid-year meeting for mock study section review of grants in progress
- 2-3 day Annual Workshop-Conference with all PRIDE sites and NHLBI staff in the Washington, DC area
Component 3: Training during the second summer consists of
- Polishing / finalizing grant applications
- Mock Study Sessions
- Lectures in bioinformatics and in responsible conduct of research
Component 4: Extensive mentoring and follow up activities with regular evaluations and tracking
Mentors: Many Faculty Mentors (M.D. and/or Ph.D.) are from Washington University in St. Louis and each has a strong track record of independent research grant support in the field of research. A list of Mentors with research descriptions is available. Each Mentor is committed to networking with the Mentees to enable them to develop their career plans in terms of Genetic Epidemiology, CVD, and HLBS research. Lead scientists from other institutions participate as guest faculty.
General Admissions Requirements:
The study of the genetic epidemiology of Cardiovascular, and other Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Disorders and their risk factors is an interdisciplinary field. We have drawn faculty of diverse backgrounds to mentor junior faculty and scientists in this discipline to enhance the participant’s preparation to conduct future research in this field. We believe this all-expense-paid training will foster a unique learning environment and give the participants access to cutting edge research. As a special program to increase diversity in the biomedical workforce, entry into the program is limited to the following:
- Be a research-oriented junior-level faculty member or transitioning post-doctorate trainee.
- Be an individual that is under-represented in the biomedical or health sciences or disabled.
- Be a Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.
- Have a research focus that is centered on heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders research; health disparities research relevant to heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders; or relevant research methodologies and approaches specific to these areas
Additional required information
- A letter of support from the Department Chair that allows the mentee to fully participate in the program, and to
- Devote 5% protected time and effort throughout the program
- Devote 100% effort to all program activities
- Have access to institutional resources for preparing grant applications
Approximate expected time commitments for Summer Institute (plus travel):
Summer 1: 3 weeks in July/Aug
Mid Year Visit: 2 days plus travel tentatively in January
Annual Workshop-Conference in Washington, DC area: 3-4 days in April or May
Summer 2: 3 weeks end of July into August
- The applicant’s statement of Research Interest in the PRIDE Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology program and potential topics of interest.
- Contact the Program Administrator, Linda Schreier at email@example.com or by telephone at (314) 362-1565, if you have any questions or concerns.
We have a two-step admission process with a Pre-Application and an Application. Please complete the Pre-Application if you are interested in applying to our PRIDE program.
If your Pre-Application Form is approved, you will be invited to proceed with the final step of the application process. As soon as the Pre-Application form is reviewed, we will contact you.
Your application for admission to the Summer Institute should consist of the following:
The application include
- The online Pre-Application form,
- The online Full Application form,
- Attachment of your curriculum vita,
- Attachment of a brief statement that describes your academic or work experience in Biostatistics, SAS, Biological Sciences, Epidemiology and Genetics
- Your statement of Research Interest in genetic epidemiology with a focus on Cardiovascular andother Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Disorders.
- Contact information for your Department Chair and Mentor/Colleague
Upon submission of the Full application, an email will be sent to your Department Chair and also a mentor or colleague that you have identified. Please notify them to expect this.
Upon receipt of your complete application including the forms and the Letters of Recommendations, your application will be reviewed and a written notification of the decision of the committee will be provided to the applicant as soon as possible.
Deadline: Rolling admissions until all slots are filled with a target deadline of March 1, 2016. Apply early!
The applicant will then have seven (7) days to either accept or decline in writing any offer of admission in order to hold his/her place in the program. Should the applicant accept the offer, a letter of acceptance must be received within the 7-day period.