Washington University, St. Louis
Grant #: T32 HL007456
Program Director: Denise E. Wilfley, Ph.D., email@example.com
Program Co-Director: Samuel Klein, M.D., firstname.lastname@example.org
Trainees Supported: Predoctoral and Postdoctoral
Areas of Emphasis: obesity, cardiovascular disease prevention, transdisciplinary research
The primary aim of this NHLBI-funded training program is to train the next generation of scientists to conduct high-impact, translational research necessary to address obesity and cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention and treatment across the lifespan. This long-standing training program successfully launches promising pre- and postdoctoral (M.D. and Ph.D.) trainees to become independent, highly-trained researchers in obesity and CVD. The program is led by two international authorities on obesity: Dr. Denise Wilfley (Director) and Dr. Samuel Klein (Co-Director). The program continues a well established collaboration across the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine and the Department of Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. This transdisciplinary program draws mentors from biomedical, cognitive and behavioral, and population health sciences, harnessing faculty across diverse disciplines (Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychology, Nutrition, Cardiology, Social Work, and Public Health) to facilitate the training of pre- and postdoctoral research scholars. Trainees have access to the state-of-the-art didactic, research, and career development resources at Washington University, including the Washington University Nutrition Obesity Research Center, Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences, Institute for Public Health, and Diabetic Cardiovascular Disease Center. Routine evaluation ensures that trainees successfully achieve short- and long-term outcomes of productivity (e.g., data collection, manuscript publication, and conference presentation) and attainment of academic positions and independent grant funding. Obesity and related diseases are among Washington University's priority disease areas; therefore, this training program is aptly poised to launch the next generation of scientists prepared to design, implement, and evaluate multi-level solutions to this complex bio-behavioral health problem.
Last updated: April 2016