For the last 35 years
this program trains individuals with doctoral degrees in either biological or
medical sciences for successful academic careers in cardiopulmonary research
and teaching. A multidisciplinary approach to both mentoring and research
training is emphasizing the integration of studies at the molecular, cellular,
tissue organ, and physiological (whole animals or human subjects) levels to
permit rapid bench-to-bedside translation of the work performed.
Of the many training
grants at the University of Colorado, this is the only one specifically
dedicated to pulmonary vascular biology. Our continuing and long-term goal, is
that after 3 years of training the program’s fellows will have acquired the
professional skills to be competitive and obtain their own extramural funds.
Our records show that we have achieved this benchmark. Therefore, our specific
To provide trainee
fellows with an intensive research experience in cardiovascular-pulmonary
research with a focus on the pathophysiological aspects of chronic pulmonary
vascular disease and right heart failure, by pairing them with mentors who are
rigorously selected based on their qualifications and scientific area of
expertise and placing them in a collaborative, stimulating environment.
To enhance the
scientific knowledge and critical thinking abilities of the participating
trainees by requiring a series of workshops/lectures on hypothesis formulation,
experimental design, reporting and presentation of scientific information, grant
proposal preparation and hands on experience in innovative molecular and
cellular physiological approaches to cardiovascular-pulmonary research.
multidisciplinary, collaborative approaches to research by requiring
co-mentors, and strong interaction with an Internal Advisory Committee with
oversight by Executive and External Advisory Committees.
To ensure that
Fellows acquire and learn the necessary information to conduct and report
research in an ethical manner.
To provide the trainees
with the information they need regarding a career in academic medicine and
research by exposing them to available funding mechanisms for physician/basic
scientists such as K-series awards and other mentored clinician scientist