This competing renewal application seeks continuation of support for a postdoctoral Training Program that prepares talented individuals for independent research careers in the reproductive sciences. The Program emphasizes guided research under the mentorship of established investigators, focusing on cellular and molecular approaches and the translation of research findings to human biology and/or clinical application. The multidisciplinary training faculty, drawn from the Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dental Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences, represents the disciplines of Biochemistry, Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Genetics, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology and the clinical disciplines of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Pathology and Pediatrics. Trainee candidates holding the Ph.D., M.D., V.M.D. or equivalent degrees are selected based on excellence in their past research and academic pursuits, and their potential to become independent investigators. The Training Program actively seeks physician trainees and has an established curriculum that supplements their research training with didactic course work and may encompass a formal Ph.D. degree program. Under represented minority candidates are pursued with help from institutional resources. Appointments are made by consensus of the training faculty. Trainees select a mentor or mentors with approval of the Program's Executive Committee. Joint mentorship is encouraged based on the Program's strong tradition of collaboration in research training and the clear benefits to the trainee of the broader scope of expertise afforded by this arrangement. Trainees also participate in an extensive academic enrichment program including weekly research seminars, combined laboratory meetings and journal clubs. The faculty evaluates trainee progress on a semi-annual basis, considering quality of research, productivity, and growth towards independence. Resources available include the Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health and its Molecular Biology and Biostatistics Core Facilities, the Mellon Foundation Center of Excellence in Contraceptive Development, and the Office of Postdoctoral Research, which sponsors a variety of programs to prepare trainees for academic careers, as well as careers in industry. Trainees are generally supported by the grant for no more than two years;they are expected to submit applications for individual NRSA, K awards or equivalent fellowships to sponsor additional training. Trainees have an excellent record for securing these awards.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
Type
Institutional National Research Service Award (T32)
Project #
5T32HD007305-25
Application #
7846886
Study Section
Pediatrics Subcommittee (CHHD)
Program Officer
Taymans, Susan
Project Start
1986-09-30
Project End
2012-04-30
Budget Start
2010-05-01
Budget End
2012-04-30
Support Year
25
Fiscal Year
2010
Total Cost
$211,497
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Pennsylvania
Department
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
042250712
City
Philadelphia
State
PA
Country
United States
Zip Code
19104
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