The Renal Training Grant In Clinical Investigation is the second competing continuation of an Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA initially awarded in August, 2000. This training program brings together the combined resources of the renal community, the School of Public Health and College of Nursing and other care centers at the University of Minnesota.
The specific aim of our training program is to provide multidisciplinary advanced didactic and fieldwork training in clinical investigation in nephrology. Trainees will complete the Clinical Research Masters Program or other advanced degree from the School of Public Health. Four areas of focused expertise have been identified for the mentored research component of training: Transplantation, Cardiovascular Epidemiology in Renal and Non-Renal Patients, Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic Complications. Core Resources for data acquisition and analysis include the Coordinating Center of the USRDS, the Center for Translational Science Institute (CTSI), the VA Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research, and others. The expected product of our training program is a clinical nephrologist who is skilled in the conception, design, performance, analysis and presentation of clinical research in Nephrology. Graduates of our program are expected to be highly competitive for more advanced awards such as the K series grants from the NIH. In addition, these graduates should comprise the next generation of clinical researchers in nephrology capable of sustaining independent investigative careers. These individuals should be the leaders in the design and implementation of future clinical trials and epidemiologic studies in nephrology and in the training of future renal clinical investigators.
Training investigators in renal clinical research will meet a number of the initiatives of the NIH roadmap for Medical Research in the 21st Century. We feel it is critical to train clinical investigators who are capable of translating basic research discoveries into drugs, treatment, and methods for prevention to benefit the health of all people. Trainees will learn to conduct the complex clinical studies needed to make rapid medical progress, and to further inform our basic science efforts. This training grant directly addresses the roadmap initiative of Clinical Research Workforce Training. We expect the product of our training program will be a well-trained clinical investigator who will continue to advance the goals of the NIH and contribute to the health of the population.
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