CVD Training

Why should you consider becoming a Cardiovascular Trainee at Pitt?

  • There are so many research opportunities here at Pitt GSPH and Medical School. There are many studies going on in the Epidemiology Department, and in particular at the Ultrasound Research Lab, in which you can participate in data collection, analysis, or both. Investigators here also have many contacts at other institutions, with whom you may be able to collaborate. Being on the training grant allows you to obtain a structured, yet individualized and very collaborative training in subclinical CVD epidemiology. - Jennifer Njoroge


  • You should consider becoming an NHLBI Cardiovascular Trainee because you will learn about CVD from the pathophysiology to the epidemiology. It is a great atmosphere to develop your academic and professional career! You will develop your professional skills by preparing lectures, collaborating on projects and attending professional conferences. - Michelle Meyer


  • Cardiovascular Disease is a major public health problem. If you choose this training program, you'd be working on projects that may help to enhance our understanding about the leading cause of mortality in the United States. It's important to get some satisfaction from what you do, and I definitely feel that some of my research work has clinical significance. - Mehret Birru


  • The University of Pittsburgh is an excellent place for your training in Epidemiology because its notoriety and boundless opportunities. If your focus is on cardiovascular disease, aging research, or infectious disease modeling (to name a few) Pittsburgh is known as front runner in these areas by those in the field. It may not be always be the first institution cited for its research on the topic you are interested in, but it produces top tier research in so many areas it is astounding. It may be too modest as an institution when publicizing its accomplishments. That is not the focus here; top-tier research is.


  • The breadth of great research at Pitt allows for unique opportunity to interact and establish connections with great researchers in complimentary areas of research. No one has the time tot become an expert is every aspect of epidemiologic research related to cardiovascular, but after you graduate you will have someone to contact in that area. You will know them well, because you both were trainees together at Pitt. - Tim Hughes


  • You should be a NHLBI cardiovascular trainee if you want to obtain a wealth of knowledge about all cardiovascular disease, risk factors and subclinical measures. As a trainee, you would be offered many training experiences with other internal and external researchers and would be able to start networking for your future. You will also get a broad-range of background knowledge and have many different types of research available to you including numerous national study cohorts, advanced laboratory methods and experienced mentors, so that you can pursue the topics in which you are most interested. - Allison Kuipers


  • You should considering becoming an NHLBI Cardiovascular Trainee because the program provides you the time and resources to develop your specific areas of interest and thus set a foundation for your career. - Candace McClure


  • You should consider the University of Pittsburgh for training in Epidemiology because it is a wonderful place to learn, do research and grow. I have had excellent mentorship while at Pitt. My advisor has always taken my goals and perspectives in mind when making decisions about my training experience. The department is also very invested in making improvements based on student feedback. - Kelly Lloyd


  • I think the great thing about the program is the number of opportunities that exist. Taking a look at the current trainee’s, they come from such a diverse background and have research interest across the board. Since there are so many investigators working on a variety of projects, every trainee has the opportunity to pursue their areas of interest. Also, having the ability to collaborate with individuals with diverse interest will challenge your thinking and ultimately expand your skill set. I became a trainee as a postdoc and I can testify that after going through the graduate program, and having a great experience, the trainee program really does complement your training and enrich your experience. After being in the program for less than a year, I have already learned so much. - Marquis Hawkins


  • The lifeblood of any fledgling career in public health is publishable research, and Ultrasound Research Lab at Pitt supports a fertile environment in which NHLBI Cardiovascular Trainees can plant the seeds of a successful research career. Students funded by the NHLBI Cardiovascular Epidemiology program have access to a vast network of accomplished researchers, most of whom are more than willing to work with students as they build a research portfolio. This creates a symbiotic relationship between students and senior researchers from which all parties benefit. - Andrew Althouse


  • A pre-doctoral student should consider becoming an NHLBI Cardiovascular Trainee because the program's faculty, staff, and trainees are both enthusiastic and supportive. The high faculty-to-student ratio allows for a personalized program that compliments individuals' backgrounds and interests. The program also provides a comfortable environment to interact with senior students that are experiencing similar schedules and pressures. The Cardiovascular Training Grant will provide the trainee with the knowledge and experience to become a successful Epidemiologist. The program is designed to provide knowledge of the risks that lead to cardiovascular disease, technical skills to measure subclinical atherosclerosis, and the opportunity to collect and analyze data to answer the trainee's own scientific questions. This program will also provide the platform to become a confident leader in the field by providing the tools and support to grow professionally.
    - Jessica White