CVD Training

University of Pittsburgh, Department of Epidemiology
Cardiovascular Training Grant

Funded by the NHLBI

The Cardiovascular Training Grant at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Epidemiology is one of seventeen training grants in Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Biostatistics funded through the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Four predoctoral and two postdoctoral training slots are available.

www.nhlbi.nih.gov/funding/training/epi-bio

Our training program is unique in that the focus is on early cardiovascular disease that can be detected through non-invasive evaluation of the vasculature. The program is designed to produce independent investigators who are skilled in the design, use and analysis of these early measures of atherosclerosis in population based studies. As such, the program is built around the Department of Epidemiology Ultrasound Research Laboratory, a facility provides research-quality ultrasound evaluations for approximately 2,000 study participants annually.

In this facility, trainees learn first hand how to perform and read the various vascular measures. In addition, they are exposed to the every day challenges of quality control, technology evolution and participant interactions.

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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