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Training Program in the Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease

Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School of external icon
Grant #: T32 HL007575
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Trainees Supported: Predoctoral and Postdoctoral

Areas of Emphasis: Cardiovascular disease epidemiology; molecular and genetic epidemiology; clinical trials; biostatistics/research methodology

Program Summary:

Our commitment to translating advances in molecular and genetic medicine to patient care with appropriate statistical and epidemiologic sophistication has been central to this training program in cardiovascular epidemiology since its inception in 1984. The training program for two predoctoral and three postdoctoral trainees includes three formal components: (1) coursework leading to a master's or doctoral degree at the Harvard School of Public Health in epidemiology or public health, as appropriate given training and career goals; (2) required coursework in cardiovascular epidemiology and strongly recommended coursework in molecular and genetic epidemiology, as well as seminars on substantive areas and methodologic issues relevant to cardiovascular disease epidemiology and prevention; and (3) intensive population-based research experience in a variety of large-scale, team-based multidisciplinary epidemiologic studies and randomized clinical trials directly focused on CVD etiology, pathogenesis and prevention, leading to publication in peer-reviewed journals. Each trainee will have an individual training plan and will be assigned to a mentor team, consisting of both a senior and a junior faculty member. The program also includes considerable career-counseling activities and has a longstanding commitment and track record of placing our trainees in quality long-term academic settings.

Research activities leverage more than 25 large-scale epidemiologic studies currently and/or previously funded in the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. These studies include large-scale observational studies and randomized clinical trials, and their associated plasma and DNA banks. These resources will provide significant opportunities for trainees to meld the practical research techniques of large-scale epidemiology with emerging molecular and genetic approaches, with the ultimate goal of preparing trainees for success as future independent research careers. Our faculty has considerable depth and breadth of expertise ranging from statistical modeling, risk prediction, nutrition, and classical epidemiology to computational biology, genetics, and pathways analysis.

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Last updated: June 2014

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