This application is a request for years 19-23 of support for predoctoral training in Immunology at the University of Minnesota. During its long history, this training grant has served as a solid and consistent base of support for the highest quality graduate students in Immunology at the University of Minnesota. In doing so, it has played a key role in the development of the first University of Minnesota graduate program to feature Immunology, the recruitment of 16 new Immunologists, and the establishment of the multidepartmental Center for Immunology that now coordinates all University of Minnesota research and educational activities in this field. Most predoctoral students who seek training in Immunology enroll in the Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Graduate Program. They take graduate level courses in cell and molecular biology and a rigorous and intensive semester-long foundational course designated """"""""Immunity and Immunopathology"""""""" and an in-depth course called """"""""Current Topics in Immunology"""""""". Predoctoral students are chosen for this training grant from the pool of MICaB students, usually in their second or third year of training, through a competitive election based on research productivity and potential. Once elected, students are supported for 2 years to conduct research in the laboratory of one of 25 preceptors whose interests cover the entire field of Immunology. Supported students participate in research-in-progress meetings, journal clubs, and seminars featuring outside speakers. Trainees typically complete their research in 2-3 years, often publishing their work in high-impact journals, and then move on to postdoctoral training at top research institutions. The quality of the research produced by students supported by this training grant is objective evidence of the dramatic rise of Immunology at University of Minnesota over the last 15 years. This training grant has a continuing role to play in further improvements within this group because it is the only vehicle available at the University of Minnesota to enhance predoctoral training in Immunology. This training grant is relevant to the public health because it supports the career development of young scientists who will produce tomorrow's new vaccines and cures for autoimmunity.

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Prograis, Lawrence J
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