Studies in pediatric blood disorders provide an important paradigm for understanding the fundamental mechanisms regulating hematopoiesis. Unlike adult hematologic disorders, many pediatric diseases result from intrinsic genetic defects that control blood cell development or function. Very little is understood about the molecular pathogenesis of most of the hematologic diseases in children. At UCLA, we have a tremendous resource of interdisciplinary investigators whose research focuses on a wide spectrum of topics related to developmental hematology. Therefore, we propose a unique training program that focuses specifically on pediatric hematologic diseases by integrating a variety of disciplines, including molecular and cellular hematopoiesis, alternative organism models, stem cell transplantation, hemostasis and thrombosis, transfusion medicine, novel technologies (RNA interference, proteomics, genomics), hematologic malignancies, therapeutics, and mathematical modeling. Given the declining number of physician-scientists in Pediatric Hematology, a training program in Developmental Hematology would be critical to advance the field. In this application, we seek funding for 4 postdoctoral fellows per year for 5 years. The fellows will be either MDs, MD/PhDs, or PhDs. Trainees will have the opportunity to develop research in one of the 22 faculty member's laboratories. Trainees will be selected from a large pool of postdoctoral fellows (approximately 80 per year) based on their academic and research achievements. Appointments will be for two years, the second year appointment being dependent on a progress report. Trainees will participate in journal clubs, lectures related to pediatric hematology, and seminars. They will also take a required course on Developmental Hematology through the Department of Pathology. All trainees will be expected to meet with a Scholarship Oversight Committee every 6 months to monitor progress and productivity. They will present their work at national meetings. Many investigators have pre-existing collaborations and publications. We hope to utilize the strengths of UCLA, including the breadth and depth of investigators across many disciplines, to train future researchers and leaders in the field of Pediatric Hematology.

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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Institutional National Research Service Award (T32)
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