CVD Training

University of Pittsburgh, Department of Epidemiology
Cardiovascular Training Grant

This program addresses the critical need to promote epidemiological research of cardiovascular disease (CVD), a major cause of morbidity and mortality globally. The primary goal of our T32 Program is to train individuals in CVD Epidemiology based on a pathophysiological understanding and experiential learning to develop better prevention strategies in the future. Our training program offers multiple opportunities to pursue training related to CVD in a variety of areas including vascular aging, high risk and international populations, women's health throughout the lifespan, nutrition and environment, physical activity and psychosocial factors grounded in traditional and novel epidemiological and analytical methods.

Under the leadership of Dr. Akira Sekikawa and the Program Co-Director (Dr. Emma Barinas-Mitchell) and program faculty with extensive and multidisciplinary expertise, this program is designed to provide focused training in the quality collection of subclinical vascular measures, biomarkers, and CVD outcomes data and how they can be used to understand the process of atherosclerosis and CVD. The program positions our trainees to be independent cardiovascular epidemiologists in multidisciplinary research settings competent in traditional and novel epidemiological methods in CVD. The program currently funds 4 pre-doctoral and 2 post- doctoral trainees with access to NIH funded research focused centers at the University of Pittsburgh. Also unique to this training program is the remote training project that allows the trainees to develop collaborations with investigators across the US as well as internationally.

Also unique to this training program is the requirement of a remote training project that allows the trainees to develop collaborations with investigators across the US as well as internationally.

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CVD Journal Club

Journal Club Coordinator
Megan Marron:

Primary Faculty
Emma Barinas-Mitchell:
Akira Sekikawa:

2021 Meeting Schedule: Select Mondays, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

  • February 1st
  • February 15th
  • February 22nd
  • March 15th
  • March 22nd
  • April 12th
  • April 26th
  • May 3rd
Meeting Location: Zoom (contact Megan for meeting ID & password)

The Cardiovascular Epidemiology Journal Club is a forum for scientific interaction between the cardiovascular epidemiology trainees, collaborating faculty and other students with interest in cardiovascular epidemiology. The main focus is the presentation of research being conducted by the students of the cardiovascular epidemiology training program which may take the form of practice for the overview, comprehensive, or defense milestones, preparation for conference presentations, and informal works-in-progress (WIP) presentations. In addition, we will review published articles related to cardiovascular epidemiology and methodology.