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Research Track Funding Opportunities


 

Coulter (Pulmonary Medicine) 

The Katherine Louise Coulter Research Fellowship will be awarded to a medical student engaged in any aspect of pulmonary medicine. Unlike most other Research Track subtracks, the applying student may identify as their mentor any University of Colorado full-time academic faculty member from the University of Colorado Anshultz Medical Campus or from any of the primary affiliates (Denver VA, Denver Health, Childrens Hospital Colorado, University, and National Jewish). The application process is the same as for all other subtracks; the top application as judged by the Research Track Advisory Committee will be identified as the Katherine Louise Coulter Research Fellow. Up to one student will be identified for the class of 2016.


Pediatric Pulmonology and Hematology

This is a time when basic science is prospering, as reflected by the rapid pace of new information and dramatic breakthroughs in molecular biology, genetics, proteomics and other areas, Clinical investigators who work directly with patients are pivotal for translating basic science into practical clinical knowledge and therapy. The Pediatric Pulmonology and Pediatric Hematology program is designed for those considering a career which includes integrating clinical care and research activities. The program will support up to 2 students from the Class of 2016. The Pediatric Pulmonology and Hematology program participates in all required activities of the Research Track, and includes support for students to attend a national scientific meeting during Phase IV. Participating faculty and approved projects can be identified by searching by funding source, listed under Available Projects to the left.

 


Rheumatology

Rheumatic diseases affect individuals of all ages and are a major cause of disability. These diseases are typically immunologically mediated, and recent advances have provided exciting opportunities for research projects in this area. The Rheumatology Scholars Program is designed to introduce students to the field of rheumatology and support their early career development as physician scientists. Funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the Rheumatology Scholars Program is based in the Division of Rheumatology and includes faculty from the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, and Immunology as well as the School of Public Health. This program will support up to 2 students from the Class of 2016.

 

The Rheumatology Scholars Program participates in all required activities of the Research Track, and includes support for students to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology during Phase IV. Participating faculty and approved projects can be identified by searching by funding source, listed ​under Available Projects to the left.

 


Schweppe Scholars (Top Scholars) 

The Schweppe Scholars Program, funded by the Schweppe foundation, is designed to support two outstanding medical students in the research track. Unlike the other Research Track subtracks, the applying student may identify as their mentor any University of Colorado full-time academic faculty member from the University of Colorado Anshultz Medical Campus or from any of the primary affiliates (Denver VA, Denver Health, Childrens Hospital Colorado, University, and National Jewish). The application process is the same as for all other subtracks; the top applications as judged by the Research Track Advisory Committee will be identified as Schweppe Scholars. Up to two students will be identified.

 


Substance Use Disorders

The Substance Use Disorder Research Scholars Program, funded through a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, supports at a maximum of two outstanding medical students per class.

 

Potential mentors focus on a broad range of potential research areas including but not limited to:

 
    • Clinical trials focused on drug addiction and commonly co-morbid conditions
    • Neuroimaging of addiction
    • Large-scale behavioral genetic studies of substance use disorders and related phenotypes
    • Prevention, harm reduction and street outreach
    • Substance abuse prevention and treatment in special populations (e.g. American Indian and Alaskan Natives)
 

Given the high prevalence of substance use disorders, the strong link between substance use and other health conditions, and the strong contribution of substance use to preventable death, programs are needed to provide trainees with the skills to conduct research that helps more effectively prevent and treat substance use disorders. Physician scientists bring a unique perspective to substance use research and we believe are a critical component to future advances in this area.

 

Students accepted into the Substance Use Disorder Research Scholars Program participate in all required activities of the Research Track. The program provides support for both research work between phase I and II and during phase IV and provides opportunities to attend and present their research work at national meetings.

 

Participating faculty and approved projects can be identified by searching by funding source, listed under Quick Links to the left. Interested students may also contact Dr. Sakai for additional information at joseph.sakai@ucdenver.edu​.

 


Vision Science

The numbers of US citizens with vision compromising diseases is expected to continue to increase over the next several decades. The Vision Scholars program has the goal of identifying and training the next generation of physician scientists focused research efforts to prevent and treat eye diseases and other vision disorders. The Vision Scholars program is a multi-departmental effort funded by the National Eye Institute and includes potential mentors and projects from the Departments of Ophthalmology, Neurology, Cell and Developmental Biology, and Pharmaceutical Sciences. This program will fund up to 2 students from the class of 2016.

 

 

The Vision Sciences Program participates in all required activities of the Research Track plus requires attendance at a Vision Research Seminar held during the Winter of Phase I.

 

Participating faculty and approved projects can be identified by searching by funding source, listed under Available Projects to the left.

 


Other Supporting Departments and Centers

Research Scholars apply and participate in all required activities of the Research Track. Support for participation comes via Departments, Centers, and Programs. The following Departments, Centers, and Programs have committed to funding at least one student from the class of 2016 for working with mentors approved by the funding source.

 


DEPARTMENTS and CENTERS:  

Participating faculty and approved projects can be identified by searching by Department/program, listed under Available Projects to the left.

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