This is a renewal application for short-term training for students in health professional schools. The overall objective of this application is to stimulate research interests in talented veterinary students and to expose them to opportunities inherent in a research career. The program will provide research training opportunities for veterinary students in the following biomedical research areas: digestive diseases, infectious diseases, nutrition/cardiovascular disease, reproductive biology/neuroscience, respiratory diseases, international/wild life medicine, oncology and anesthesiology. This program is specifically designed to introduce students to active biomedical research environments and to train them in following specific areas: critical evaluation of published data, development of hypothesis, preparation of research applications, experimental designs, research ethics, analysis and organization of data, and oral and written presentations of results. The proposed program will accept 15 students per year, and the students will be selected on a competitive basis. All first and second year veterinary students will be eligible to submit a research application using a standard format with input from a program faculty of his/her choice. The submitted applications will be evaluated and ranked in order of merit by a faculty committee using predefined criteria. Apart from the scientific merit of the application, preference will be given to minority students, to be actively recruited, and students who exhibit willingness to continue to conduct research beyond this training period. Training during the months of June, July and August will take place in established laboratories with ongoing projects and funding. Each trainee will be required attend a special seminar on "responsible conduct in Research" conducted by the program director, submit a written report and make an oral presentation at the annual veterinary student research day. The success and impact of the program will be evaluated by using a survey method to determine the number of trainees actively involved in biomedical research following their initial training period.

Public Health Relevance

There is a need to have more health professionals conducting biomedical research to improve diagnosis and treatment of various diseases. This grant proposes to train veterinarians to conduct biomedical research and thereby increase the number of health professionals engaged in research to improve human as well as animal health.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
Office of The Director, National Institutes of Health (OD)
Type
NRSA Short -Term Research Training (T35)
Project #
8T35OD010963-03
Application #
8246515
Study Section
National Center for Research Resources Initial Review Group (RIRG)
Program Officer
Moro, Manuel H
Project Start
2010-05-10
Project End
2015-01-31
Budget Start
2012-02-01
Budget End
2013-01-31
Support Year
3
Fiscal Year
2012
Total Cost
$106,240
Indirect Cost
$7,870
Name
Tufts University
Department
Veterinary Sciences
Type
Schools of Veterinary Medicine
DUNS #
039318308
City
Boston
State
MA
Country
United States
Zip Code
02111
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