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CARDIOVASCULAR EPIDEMIOLOGY TRAINING PROGRAM

University of Pittsburgh
http://www.cvdtraining.pitt.edu
Grant #: T32 HL083825
Program Director: Trevor Orchard, MBBCh, MMedSci, FAHA, tjo@pitt.edu
Co-Directors: Emma Barinas-Mitchell, PhD, ejb4@pitt.edu
Akira Sekikawa, MD, PhD, PhD, FAHA, akira@pitt.edu
Christina L. Wassel, MS, PhD, FAHA, cwassel@pitt.edu

Trainees Supported: Predoctoral (4) and Postdoctoral (2)

Areas of Emphasis: Subclinical and clinical CVD epidemiology, subclinical vascular measures, epidemiology and biostatistics, genetic epidemiology

Program Summary:

The training program is organized around four major research strengths: vascular aging, women’s health, high risk and international populations, and genetics. One of the unifying themes is the application of subclinical vascular measures to each research area. Core strengths in nutrition, physical activity, biostatistics, multi-center collaborations and psychosocial measures are also integrated into the program. This interconnected set of resources provides a rich substrate upon which the trainees develop and further their skill sets. Under the leadership of Dr. Trevor Orchard and the program Co-Directors, this program is designed to provide concentrated training in the quality collection of subclinical vascular measures, biomarkers, and CVD outcomes data and how they can be used to understand the process of atherosclerosis and diabetes.

Trainees have a primary mentor and work closely with other faculty members as well as a peer mentor who is a more experienced trainee. The training program consists of course work, research field work and professional development, all individually tailored to each trainee. Research field work includes recruitment, data collection, entry and management, study operations and data analysis, providing trainees with experience in the full range of research tasks. Professional development activities include focused work with subclinical or biomarker measures or CVD outcomes, completion of an independent research project, a remote training experience, grant writing experience, manuscript preparation, participation in national conferences, skill development workshops, and training in the responsible conduct of research. Trainees also have the opportunity to develop laboratory-based and analytical skills in genetic epidemiology. The program is designed to produce investigators skilled in a multidisciplinary approach to cardiovascular research, who are comfortable with using subclinical atherosclerosis measures in cross-discipline collaborations and who have the skills to develop new measurement protocols.

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Last updated: June 2014



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