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NHLBI CVD Epidemiology & Biostatistics Training Program

Stanford University
Stanford Prevention Research Center
Department of Medicine
http://prevention.stanford.eduimage of external icon

Director: Stephen P. Fortmann, M.D.
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The overall purpose of the program is to produce behavioral and medical scientists who can conduct interdisciplinary research aimed at preventing cardiovascular disease and improving population health. The training will be derived principally from direct research experience in an existing interdisciplinary research resource, the Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC). The SPRC offers epidemiological, community, behavioral, clinical, and laboratory studies for participation by trainees. SPRC research includes studies of the social and cultural determinants of health and disease, the influence of the built environment on health, obesity prevention and weight loss in youth and adults, smoking cessation methods, the role of tobacco marketing and other media influences on youth smoking initiation, the genetic epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, the inter-relationship of diet and exercise, lipid disorders, and obesity, nutrition intervention studies in adults and youth, exercise training for cardiovascular health and general well-being in older adults, and women's health. A program of directed study and data analysis and a core seminar series, required of each trainee, enhance the research training, as do selected opportunities for other course work, patient care, and teaching.

Postdoctoral trainees are closely supervised by the faculty and encouraged to publish three to six articles during their 1-3 years of training (average 2 years).

Trainee selection is based on interest in cardiovascular disease prevention, potential for an academic research career, and demonstrated excellence. Eight postdoctoral trainees will hold either the M.D. or Ph.D. degree. Physician trainees will generally enter with three years of clinical experience in medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, or preventive medicine. Physician trainees will be able to enroll in an M.S. Program in Clinical Epidemiology at Stanford or an M.P.H. program at U.C. Berkeley, with partial tuition support.

Areas of Special Emphasis

Cardiovascular disease prevention and epidemiology, community health education, applied health psychology and health communication, behavioral medicine, exercise physiology, nutrition, smoking, healthy aging, women's health, community-level intervention methods, research design, and biostatistics.

Type of Training: Predoctoral and Postdoctoral

Key Faculty Available as Preceptors:

Wesley F. Alles, Ph.D. Senior Research Scientist, Community Health
Joan M. Fair, A.N.P., Ph.D. Senior Project Director, CVD Prevention
John W. Farquhar, M.D. Professor of Medicine, Emeritus (Active)
Stephen P. Fortmann, M.D. C. F. Rehnborg Professor in Disease Prevention
Christopher Gardner, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Medicine, Nutrition
William L. Haskell, Ph.D. Professor of Medicine, emeritus (Active)
Catherine A. Heaney, Ph.D. M.P.H., Associate Professor of Psychology
Lisa A. Henriksen, Ph.D. Senior Research Scientist, Communication
Joel D. Killen, Ph.D. Professor of Medicine, Psychology
Abby C. King, Ph.D. Professor of Health Research and Policy and of Medicine, Epidemiology
Michaela Kiernan, Ph.D. Senior Research Scientist, Behavioral Medicine
Helena C. Kraemer, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biostatistics
Thomas N. Robinson,, M.D., M.P.H. Associate Professor of Pediatrics and of Medicine
Randall S. Stafford, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Medicine, Clinical Epidemiology
Marcia L. Stefanick, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Medicine and by courtesy of Obstetrics and Gynecology
C. Barr Taylor, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Marilyn A. Winkleby, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology

Affiliated Faculty
Robert F. DeBusk, M.D. Professor of Medicine, Emeritus (Cardiology)
Ronald D. Garcia, Ph.D. Assistant Dean for Minority Affairs
Gordon O. Matheson, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Orthopedic Surgery (Sports Medicine)
Fernando S. Mendoza, M.D. Professor of Pediatrics

Last updated: January, 2007

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