Northwestern Molecular and Translational Cardiovascular Training Program

Northwestern Molecular and Translational Cardiovascular Training Program

2017-2018 FELLOWSHIP NOMINATION MATERIALS

Northwestern Molecular and Translational Cardiovascular Training Program (NMTCTP) is soliciting nominations from preceptors for the appointment of pre-doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows to the NMTCTP T32 training grant. The grant will support one graduate or MSTP student (in the advanced stages of their training) and 2 postdoctoral or PSTP fellows in their 3rd or 4th year of training. The NMTCTP trainees will be supported for a total of 2 years. Students and fellows who are US citizens or permanent resident are eligible for appointment (proof of US residency or citizenship will be needed for foreign born applicants).

The objectives of NMTCTP as described in the grant proposal are:
1) Development of a structured and innovative training program designed to train the future leaders of CV basic and translational research. Our program will provide: a) a comprehensive didactic course in CV physiology and pathology, along with a translational component, b) close monitoring of the progress of our trainees by the leadership committees, c) a comprehensive basic and translational research program that covers three different areas of CV research, d) training in statistics and responsible conduct of research, and e) access to human samples, clinical reagents and advising by top leaders/advisors in CV translational research.
2) Recruitment of strong trainees with high likelihood of success. We will introduce the following mechanisms: a) recruitment of predoctoral students from our highly selective graduate programs, including the Driskill Graduate Program (DGP) and Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), b) introduction of new mechanisms to recruit postdocs through Chicago-wide CV research seminars, and c) recruitment activities by our faculty at national and international meetings.
3) Providing means for our trainees to learn about the translational aspects of CV research and interact with leaders in the field. Our program is designed to: a) introduce a NU CV Research Day, developed for our trainees to present their research and interact with our faculty and invited speakers, b) build upon our already strong collaboration among our faculty and encourage our trainees to expand their research program to other areas of CV research, and c) provide mechanisms for our trainees to be exposed to clinical leaders in the CV field through clinical advisors.