Interdisciplinary Training in Transplantation Biology
Program Instructor/Institution: Angus W. Thomson/Starzl Transplantation Institute, Dept. of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
Grant Number: T32AI074490
Number of Training Positions: 2 post-doctoral; 2 pre-doctoral
Training Description: This training program provides early career stage scientists, including surgeons and physicians in training, the necessary skills to develop research careers in transplantation, with a strong emphasis on immunology and cell and molecular biology. The goal is to train future leaders in transplantation research.
Contact: Angus W. Thomson, PhD, DSc, FAST; email@example.com
Training in Transplantation Biology
Program Instructor/Institution: Joren C. Madsen, MD, DPhil; Massachusetts General Hospital
Grant Number: T32AI007529
Number of Training Positions: 3 Post-Doc & 2 Pre-Doc positions each year
Training Description: The purpose of this training program is to produce outstanding independent investigators capable of addressing fundamental questions in transplantation biology with an emphasis on immunological mechanisms.
Transplantation is an exciting field of clinical medicine with great potential for alleviating human disease. Because clinical transplantation is intimately associated with basic and translational scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/Harvard Medical School (HMS) in immunology and related disciplines, this field provides tremendous opportunities for training of scientists. MGH and HMS have outstanding teams of MD and PhD scientists devoted to all aspects of transplantation, from the most basic molecular level to clinical transplantation, providing a unique environment to foster such training at the interface of clinical care and basic science. The purpose of our program is to train young scientists and physician-scientists in basic and translational research, in the diverse lines of investigation related to transplantation biology, in this multi-disciplinary environment, with emphases on immunological mechanisms with translational applications. Participating faculty members with diverse but complementary research interests, a successful record of collaboration, and a commitment to training young investigators, have been assembled to provide trainees with exposure to topics related to transplantation immunobiology including immunogenetics, tolerance induction, antigen processing and presentation, bone marrow transplantation, regulation of lymphocyte development, pathology of graft rejection, complement biology, autoimmune disease, dendritic cell biology, chemokines and lymphocyte trafficking, B and T cell biology, regulatory T cells, mucosal immunology, gene editing, infection, cancer biology, and xenotransplantation. The major goal of this program is to develop outstanding independent investigators capable of addressing fundamental questions in the field of transplantation and the application of this knowledge to important clinical challenges.
Pre-doctoral trainees will be selected from students currently enrolled in the Immunology Program at Harvard University’s Division of Medical Sciences with an interest in pursuing thesis research in the field of transplantation immunology. Training for pre-doctoral students takes approximately 5 years, and students commit to thesis laboratories in the second year of graduate school. Pre-doctoral trainees already in transplantation-related research laboratories and distributed between students in their 3rd, 4th or 5th year of thesis research will be selected. Post-doctoral trainees currently holding a degree of MD, PhD, or MD/PhD will be selected with outstanding potential for careers in research and teaching and a commitment to independent investigation. Training will require 2-3 years. This program builds on our unique and dynamic environment to optimize individual training and mentorship experiences, by expanding into new areas of research, by recruitment of trainees and faculty from groups underrepresented in transplant research, to advance excellence in the field of transplantation.
Contact: Joren C. Madsen; firstname.lastname@example.org
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Filling a Void of Research (FAVOR) Training for Transplant Surgeons
Program Instructor/Institution: Peter Stock, MD, PhD; Minnie Sarwal, MD, PhD
Grant Number: T32AI125222
Number of Training Positions: 2 new trainees accepted each year
Training Description: The FAVOR T32 provides two years of funding to surgery residents (post-doctoral trainees) with a strong interest in transplant surgery, to prepare them for translational research careers using state of the art tools to study allo- and heterologous immune mechanisms pertinent to solid organ transplant injury and acceptance.
The UCSF Department of Surgery’s T32 training grant titled “Filling a Void of Research Training for Transplant Surgeons” (FAVOR) will provide two years of funding for in-depth training in translational immunology for 3 surgery residents/year with an interest in transplant surgery, to prepare them for careers as academic transplant surgeons. The goal of the FAVOR T32 is to train and inspire a unique cadre of surgeon-scientists to translate astute observations at the bedside, in the operating room, and in the clinic into novel hypotheses that can be interrogated through immunology-focused translational research.
Advanced Research Training in Immunology for Surgical Trainees
Program Instructor/Institution: Ginny L. Bumgardner MD PhD; The Ohio State University
Grant Number: T32AI106704
Number of Training Positions: 4 post-doctoral
Training Description: Provide exceptional immunology and translational research training and career development guidance to enable highly accomplished surgery residents to pursue surgeon-scientist careers investigating immune mechanisms relevant to tissue injury, repair and replacement. Ultimately, surgeon-scientist trainees will accelerate the movement of discoveries in immunology for the development of immune-based diagnostics, prognostic biomarkers, and/or therapeutics.
Contact: Ginny L. Bumgardner, MD, PhD; firstname.lastname@example.org
Short-Term Research Experiences Advancing Medical Students (STREAMS)
Program Instructor/Institution: Jayme Locke, MD MPH, & Herb Chen, MD; University of Alabama
Grant Number: T35 DK116670
Number of Training Positions: 8 medical students (8-12 weeks in the summer)
Training Description: Mentored research opportunities under the guidance of surgeons and other research faculty are available through the STREAMS program in basic science, translational, clinical, outcomes and education research.
Contact: David Kloda; email@example.com
Application deadline: March 5th, 2021
The Advanced Immunobiology Training Program (AITP) at Duke University
Program Instructor/Institution: Allan Kirk, MD, PhD, & Kent Weinhold, PhD; Duke University
Grant Number: T32AI141342
Number of Training Positions: One 2-3 year position open beginning summer 2021
Training Description: This training program is aimed at bolstering the pipeline of surgeon-scientists who are capable of participating in and leading surgically relevant areas of immunobiological research (basic, translational and clinical). Trainees can select a Master of Health Sciences degree in Clinical Research or pursue a PhD in Immunology.
Contact: Jennie Phillips (grant administrator); firstname.lastname@example.org