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Grant Number: 5T32AI007605

Title: IMMUNOLOGY TRAINING GRANT

This training program has been designed to provide pre- and post-doctoral candidates with the individual intellectual and technical skills required to become outstanding academic scientists in the field of immunobiology. The aim is to utilize the growth of Immunology and the expansion of its faculty at Mount Sinai as a resource to create a fertile environment for the growth of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Each trainee will be exposed not only to direct laboratory research, but will also have the opportunity (actually be required) to participate in the educational programs focused on Immunology established here at Mount Sinai. For physician scientists there will be ample opportunity to immerse themselves in translational research programs relating to cytokine biology, HIV related disorders, mucosal immunity, autoimmunity, and primary immune deficiency.

There is formal course work, seminar series, journal clubs and work in progress meetings (attended by the entire Immunology faculty and trainees). A single faculty member acts as a preceptor for a given fellow or graduate student supervising his/her laboratory work, orchestrating an appropriate training program (e.g. course work), and providing an environment that will help foster maturation towards an independent career in immunology research.

The program has successfully recruited outstanding trainees from a number of prestigious institutions who have been attracted to Mount Sinai because of the enormous growth in the basic sciences, excellence in research, a protective and nurturing mentoring environment, and a clear commitment to student and post-doctoral fellowship training.


Grant Number: 5T32AI078892

Title: CROSS-DISCIPLINARY POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING PROGRAM IN TRANSPLANT RESEARCH

Solid organ transplantation is the ideal therapy for end stage organ failure including kidney, heart, liver, lung, islet and small bowel. Despite significant improvements in the care of all solid organ transplant recipients and in the outcomes following bone marrow transplantation, long-term allograft survival remains suboptimal. The causes of graft loss and graft versus host disease are only partially understood. Reliable tolerance induction protocols remain elusive, and the ability to translate available information into useful diagnostic, preventive and treatment modalities has been limited.

In order to continue to improve transplant outcomes in humans and as a consequence, improve the long-term health of all transplant recipients, research in transplantation must remain cutting edge, and the next generation of scientists must have the appropriate skills to continue to drive the field forward. Thus, the objective of this institutional postdoctoral T32 application is to use an interactive, collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach to train talented scientists for successful independent careers in investigative transplantation research.

Postdoctoral trainees currently holding a degree of M.D., Ph.D., or M.D. / Ph.D. will be selected for support through one of 3 available training slots, based on having outstanding potential to pursue a research career and a commitment to independent investigation. An experienced and well funded group of established scientists from a host of departments within the Mount Sinai School of Medicine will provide these postdoctoral fellows with the opportunity to train in animal model-based and or human research related to transplantation immunology.

Training will require a minimum of 2 years. Trainees will participate in an interactive environment involving required courses, a core transplant science seminar series, journal clubs, and laboratory meetings. An internal advisory board will assure that the highest quality applicants will perform transplant-oriented research with qualified trainers. The advisory board and an external review group will ensure that the program remains cutting edge and that trainees receive sufficient guidance to optimize their transition to independent investigators in transplantation, a field directly relevant to human health.

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