NHLBI RESEARCH TRAINING IN PREVENTIVE CARDIOLOGY

University of Rochester Department of Community and Preventive Medicine
http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/smd/cpm/
Chairman: Thomas A. Pearson, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D
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Abstract

This multidisciplinary training program in Preventive Cardiology will provide pre- and postdoctoral fellows with knowledge and skills for investigative careers in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Trainees will identify a mentor with whom a career development plan will be designed to meet their individual needs. Resources of the Rochester Clinical and Translational Research Institute, funded by a CTSA Award from NIH, will be available. The training will include one year of didactic coursework on the theory and methods of preventive cardiology research, including vascular biology, epidemiology, biostatistics, health services and outcomes research, social and behavioral medicine, clinical trials, health informatics, and research ethics. Coursework can fulfill requirements for a Master in Public Health Degree (Clinical Investigation track). This didactic training will be supplemented by a series of skill-building workshops and research seminars, including instruction in the ethical and responsible conduct of research, recruitment and retention of research subjects, presentation and publication of scientific work, relationships with industry and technology transfer, research project management, and writing of competitive research proposals. Trainees will have the opportunity to select senior research mentors from five research clusters, including vascular biology (molecular biology, lipidology, hematology, experimental pathology); clinical trials/experimental therapeutics; health services and outcomes research; social and behavioral medicine (including risk factor modification and community intervention); and epidemiology (including nutrition). Three postdoctoral fellows will each receive at least two years of postdoctoral research training. Postdoctoral fellows to be recruited will be physicians, doctorally prepared nurses and professionals from other health-related disciplines. One predoctoral fellow each year will be supported for coursework and thesis preparation leading to a PhD degree in cardiovascular epidemiology or cardiovascular health services research. This Training Program will seek to alleviate a perceived shortage in investigators with "state-of-the-art" research skills applied to the prevention of our leading cause of death, cardiovascular disease.

Areas of Special Emphasis

Five clusters of mentored research opportunities are available. Each cluster consists of two or more mentors, who will have the opportunity to serve as a trainee's primary research supervisor. These mentors were selected on the basis of their current research support and/or their prior experience as a research mentor for postdoctoral trainees. Multidisciplinary research training is strongly encouraged, through the formation of mentoring teams consisting of the primary mentor and 3-4 co-mentors from different clusters.

Type of Training: Post-doctoral

Key Faculty Available as Preceptors

Program Directors

Thomas Pearson, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine
Stephen Lipshultz, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics

Vascular Biology
Charles Francis, MD, Professor of Medicine (Vascular Medicine)
Charles Sparks, MD, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Janet Sparks, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Harold Smith, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry
Mark Taubman, MD, Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)
Mark Davies, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery

Epidemiology
Susan Gross Fisher, PhD, Associate Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine
M. Jacob Adams, MD, Assistant Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine
William Barker, MD, Professor Emeritus of Community and Preventive Medicine
Robert Block, MD, MPH, FACP, Assistant Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine
Diana Fernandez, MD, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine
Laurie Kopin, RN CNP, Senior Instructor of Community and Preventive Medicine
Thomas A. Pearson, MD, MPH, PhD, Professor and Chair of Community and Preventive Medicine

Health Services and Outcomes Research
Bruce Friedman, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine
Robert Holloway, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Neurology/ Community and Preventive Medicine
Jonathan Klein, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Community and Preventive Medicine
Katia Noyes, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine
Peter Veazie, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine

Behavioral Science
Deborah Ossip-Klein, PhD, Research Associate Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine
Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics/ Community and Preventive Medicine
Scott McIntosh, PhD, Assistant Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine
Ann Dozier, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine
Matthew J. Starr, MPH, Senior Instructor of Community and Preventive Medicine
Elinor Wilson, RN, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine

Clinical Trials
Arthur Moss, MD, Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and of Community and Preventive Medicine
Wojciech Zareba, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine
Ronald Schwartz, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)
John Bisognano, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Last updated: January, 2007

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