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SUNY Downstate PRIDE Summer Institute

Program to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE)

The Cardiovascular Disease PRIDE Program

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The Cardiovascular Disease PRIDE Summer Institute will provide intensive didactic and mentored research training to underrepresented minority and those with disability engaged in cardiovascular health disparities. The goal of the institute is:

  • To select qualified underrepresented scientists who have great potential to contribute to the state of current knowledge in cardiovascular disease health disparity research.
  • To train a diverse group of scientists in multidisciplinary research methods to address cardiovascular health disparities.
  • To mentor underrepresented scientists in order to transition into independent Researchers.
  • To provide underrepresented scientists with intensive individualized training and guidance in grant writing and peer review in order to enhance their capacity for success in their research careers.

The Behavioral Medicine and Sleep Disorders Research PRIDE Program

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The Behavioral Medicine and Sleep Disorders Research PRIDE Summer Institute will provide intensive didactic and mentored research training to underrepresented minority and those with disability engaged either in behavioral medicine and sleep disorders research. The goal of this multidisciplinary training and mentoring program is multidisciplinary research training program is to inspire mentees to conduct research by employing techniques at the forefront of their fields. Achieving the goal of decreasing health disparities in the field of behavioral medicine and sleep disorders research, the program includes:

  • Providing fundamental training by interdisciplinary faculty in the area of health disparities, among others.
  • Establishing partnerships between mentors and mentees based on their mutual research interests in the area of cardiovascular health research or behavioral medicine and sleep disorders research.
  • Helping mentees develop skills needed in order to develop independent research interests and apply for independent research grants.
  • Providing grants workshop conducted by NIH/NHLBI staff to promote a sustainable independent research career.

Program Requirements

All applications are evaluated at SUNY Downstate Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Applications are accepted via email, fax or mail. Applicants who send complete applications will receive a postcard or message acknowledging receipt of their application. Those who send incomplete or unresponsive applications will receive a statement as to why their application will not be reviewed. However, they will be invited to submit a new application for the following year.

To be eligible to participate in a PRIDE Summer Institute Training Program, you must be:

  • a junior-level faculty member or scientist (postdocs not eligible).
  • of a race and/or ethnicity that is under-represented in the biomedical sciences and/or have a disability.
  • a United States Citizen or Permanent United States Resident.

The Summer Institute will provide funding to support travel and accommodations for up to 12 trainees.

All applications along with supported materials must be submitted by May 1, 2012

NIH Funded Training Programs

The complete list of PRIDE Training Programs:

Behavioral Medicine and Sleep Disorders Research

Location: SUNY Downstate Medical College, New York, New York
PI: Girardin Jean-Louis, Ph.D.

Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology

Location: Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
PI: D.C. Rao, Ph.D.

Cardiovascular-Related Research

Location: SUNY Downstate Medical College, New York, New York
PI: Mohamed Boutjdir, Ph.D.

Comparative Effectiveness Research

Location: Columbia University, New York, New York
PI: Melissa D. Begg, Sc.D.

Functional and Applied Genomics of Blood Disorders

Location: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia
PI: Betty Pace, M.D.

Mentoring Researchers in Latino Health Disparities

Location: San Diego State University, San Diego, California
PI: John Elder, Ph.D., M.P.H.