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Multidisciplinary Training Program in Cardiovascular Disease

The Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute

This NIH-sponsored Multidisciplinary Training Program in Cardiovascular Disease is now in it’s 45th year, and is presently directed by Naomi Hamburg, MD and Richard Wainford, PhD

This program is unique, as it offers multidisciplinary state-of-the-art resources, advanced expertise of leading experts in the field, and professional guidance to a highly qualified and motivated group of postdoctoral fellows who want to pursue successful carriers in cardiovascular science. The program has developed a highly interactive research and training environment with successful collaborative initiatives which represent major fields of cardiovascular biology. 

Over the past 45 years, this single program has 220 graduates. In the past 15 years we have had 72 trainees who have published 1,000 research papers, and have collectively received 40 grants.

    The strength of our program is in the vertical integration of basic and clinical research programs, which enrich the training experience, permitting the trainee to identify clinically relevant basic research questions, become familiar with multiple disciplines, and eventually acquire the skills to succeed in discovering and applying basic insights into pathophysiological mechanisms of cardiovascular disease. The total annual research funding of the Mentors/PIs within our program over the past several years has typically been >$20,000,000 per year. In addition to outstanding Mentors, our training program is further strengthened by it’s close affiliation with the Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, advanced Core Facilities, by The Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (http://ctsi.bu.edu/), and by the outstanding environment of the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, providing a perfect research environment for postdoctoral training