Health manpower projections for the United States consistently indicate a shortage of well-trained researchers in the fields of epidemiology and prevention. This five-year proposal is for renewal of a longstanding training grant in the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease held by the Division of Epidemiology &Community Health of the University of Minnesota. The program is highly successful, having graduated four dozen fellows since 1977. Among graduates in the past 10 years, 91 percent are in research careers, mostly in cardiovascular research at academic institutions or government agencies. The training program's excellent facilities, large and diverse faculty, and broad research opportunities offer an outstanding training environment. Our training program has continued to evolve and improve, to offer a cutting-edge training experience in cardiovascular disease epidemiology and prevention. In the most recent period (2009-2014), the program was awarded five predoctoral and two postdoctoral fellowship positions. Positions have been filled throughout and we continue to have outstanding applicants. Fellows have been highly productive, generating many useful publications and presenting at national and international meetings. Our proposal for renewal (2014-2019) is to maintain seven fellowship positions per year - three postdoctoral and four predoctoral. The University of Minnesota two to three year fellowship program offers outstanding training opportunities in direct research experience combined with a strong curriculum of formal courses and seminars. The participation of disadvantaged trainees is a high priority for the fellowship. The uniqueness of the training is the commitment of its faculty and the breadth of existing research, from the laboratory to the community. The continued need for qualified cardiovascular epidemiologists and the program's documented success justify its renewal.

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This University of Minnesota program will provide training in cardiovascular disease epidemiology and prevention to 3 postdoctoral and 4 predoctoral (PhD) students. Trainees will learn how to formulate and conduct research to enhance understanding of the causes of cardiovascular disease and how to prevent them.

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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Institutional National Research Service Award (T32)
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Silsbee, Lorraine M
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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
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