Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology was awarded a new training grant in cardiovascular diseases from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Named “Multidisciplinary Research Training to Reduce Inequities in Cardiovascular Health (METRIC),” the program will utilize a multidisciplinary approach and a mentor-based model to train diverse candidates in the study of broadly defined inequalities in cardiovascular health and health care, based on factors such as race/ethnicity, sex/gender, socioeconomic status, geographical residence, among others. The program is designed to prepare outstanding candidates for a successful research career that will ultimately help reduce health disparities.
Led by program director Dr. Viola Vaccarino, Wilton Looney Chair of Cardiovascular Research at Emory and co-director Dr. Arshed Quyyumi, professor of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine, the METRIC T32 training grant will draw faculty with diverse expertise and at various career stages from the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory and Morehouse School of Medicine.
The program combines training in graduate degree programs at Emory with multidisciplinary research experiences working with top investigators in cardiovascular sciences from diverse disciplines, from basic sciences to epidemiology, cardiology, interventions and health policy. Training will include multidisciplinary mentoring along with coursework, inter-departmental seminars, hands-on research, and career development,and will emphasize public health relevance and translation from basic sciences to epidemiology, clinical research, health policy and implementation, with the ultimate goal of reducing inequities in health and health care.
A maximum of four predoctoral and four postdoctoral trainees will be in the program at any time point, each supported for an average of two years.
Funding for the program will begin July 1.