Cardiovascular Center Awarded $1.6 Million Grant to Help Train Next Generation of Scientists

Milwaukee, July 11, 2017 - The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Cardiovascular Center, a nationally recognized leader in research, has been awarded a five-year $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, to support a new institutional T32 Postdoctoral Training Program. The grants will support post-doctoral trainees with an MD, PhD, PharmD, or DO degree, for up to three years of training designed to launch sustainable research careers.

The goal of the project, "Training in Signature Transdisciplinary Cardiovascular Sciences," is to prepare the next generation of cardiovascular scientists, including underrepresented minorities, for success by incorporating broad-based, personalized, supportive, and rigorous training opportunities. Training components of the program include individual development plans, personalized multidisciplinary mentoring teams, training in core competencies and industry/biotechnology or scientific liaison career options for trainees not pursuing careers in academia. Forty-one basic scientists and translational investigators serve as mentors in the program spanning broad areas of interest within cardiovascular sciences aligned with our Signature Programs in atherosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology; cardiac function and heart failure, precision medicine, and hypertension.

Ivor Benjamin, MD, professor of medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Center at MCW and David Gutterman, MD, Northwestern Mutual Professor of Cardiology and Senior Associate Director of the Cardiovascular Center at MCW, are co-principal investigators of the research project, Mary Sorci-Thomas, PhD, professor of medicine, is associate director of the training program. Allison DeVan, PhD is the academic program and research consultant of the grant.

Complementary support for trainees in cardiovascular sciences at MCW is provided by a grant from the A. O. Smith Foundation for the Cardiovascular Center's A. O. Smith Fellowship Scholars Program, which is designed to support talented cardiovascular researchers and physicians overcome the barriers that exist to launching and sustaining a successful research career.