The underlying rationale for establishing the Boston University Training Program in Inflammatory Disorders (BU-TPID) was based on the common research interests of a number of investigators at Boston University, the recognition of the need to establish an integrated program in inflammatory disorders, and to train students and fellows in common mechanisms of inflammation with particular emphasis on clinical and translational science. The current faculty of the program are members of the Departments of Medicine, Microbiology, Pathology, Biophysics and Physiology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), the Department of Environmental Health, at Boston University School of Public Health, the Department of Oral Biology and Periodontology at the Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering.
The major goals of the program are to 1) Recruit and enroll trainees of the highest quality, including underrepresented minorities; 2) Provide these trainees with a multidisciplinary background in inflammatory disorders coupled with intensive laboratory training in a particular research topic; 3) To teach the trainees critical thinking skills and how to ask relevant and feasible research questions; 4) To instill these trainees with a sense of ethical behavior; 5) To help develop effective written and oral communication skills among the trainees; 6) To facilitate collaborative interactions among both trainees and faculty of the training program.
The training program provides predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees with a solid academic background in immunology with emphasis on multi disciplinary approaches to study common mechanisms of inflammation. Training includes relevant course work, regularly scheduled seminars and journal clubs, and rigorous laboratory training with the goal of preparing our trainees for careers in research related to the goals of this program. Boston University School of Medicine, School of Public Health, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and the College of Engineering collectively have an outstanding group of faculty with long standing interests in inflammatory processes who are members of the BU-TPID. Faculty research interests encompass three broad research areas including 1) Pathogen induced inflammation; 2) Chronic non-communicable inflammatory disorders; and 3) Therapeutics and preventative strategies.