This revised, A1, application describes the current and proposed configurations of the University of Connecticut Health Center's (UCHC) Postdoctoral Training Program in Alcohol Research. The Program is designed to provide 4 trainees per year with a common knowledge base in alcohol theory, research design, data analysis strategies (e.g., SEM and HLM), ethical issues in preclinical and clinical research, and grantsmanship skills. In addition, more intensive individual training, concordant with the specialized interests of each trainee, is provided in such areas as neurobiology, neuroimaging, early childhood risk factors, genetic and family studies, women's health, treatment, comorbid disorders, longitudinal outcome studies of at-risk populations, and daily process studies. The range of experiences available to our trainees aligns closely with the range of NIAAA P60, U10, and R01 grant support awarded to our faculty. Over the past 10 yrs, our program has matured. It has not grown in size. Its Director has also not changed. Yet, over time, we have seen a real change in the outcomes of our trainees. For example, the proportion of Training Program graduates who obtained faculty or faculty-equivalent positions increased from 4 of the 13 graduates during 1995-2000, to 11 of the 12 graduates during 2000-2005, to 6 of the 6 graduates during 2005-2011. Publication productivity has also improved. The number of full length articles authored or co-authored by trainees during and after the training period now averages 3.84 articles (median=3.6) per trainee per year. We think that the 31-year history of the Postdoctoral Training Program in Alcohol Research at UCHC should be extended. The Program offers a unique opportunity for the training of a future generation of alcohol researchers focusing on a variety of clinically relevant topics. Our record to date suggests that graduates of this program have been successful in manuscript and grant submissions, and are able to function effectively in a variety of settings relevant to alcohol research.

Public Health Relevance

The UCHC Program offers a unique opportunity for the training of a future generation of alcohol researchers focusing on a variety of topics relevant to the public health. The training experience is closely aligned with the etiology and treatment themes of our Alcohol Research Center. Our Program also offers opportunities for studying factors that mediate or moderate etiology and treatment response.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Type
Institutional National Research Service Award (T32)
Project #
2T32AA007290-31A1
Application #
8267802
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZAA1-CC (01))
Program Officer
Roach, Deidra
Project Start
1980-07-01
Project End
2017-05-31
Budget Start
2012-06-01
Budget End
2013-05-31
Support Year
31
Fiscal Year
2012
Total Cost
$122,576
Indirect Cost
$8,680
Name
University of Connecticut
Department
Psychiatry
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
022254226
City
Farmington
State
CT
Country
United States
Zip Code
06030
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