PRIDE Summer Institute Program for Underrepresented Junior Faculty


Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research



Cardiovascular Disease Comorbidities,

Genetics and Epidemiology (CVD-CGE)

(July 12-28, 2021)

Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
MPI’s:  Victor Davila-Roman, MD and DC Rao, PhD
Program Administrator:  Linda Schreier (

The PRIDE Summer Institute Program in Cardiovascular Disease Comorbidities, Genetics and Epidemiology to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research is now accepting applications. Space is limited for the 2021 mentored summer training programs so apply early!

Who: Eligible applicants are junior-level faculty or scientists with a background that is under-represented in the biomedical or health sciences, and are United States Citizens or Permanent Residents. Research interests should be compatible with those of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) disorders.

What: Our All-Expense paid Summer Institute program with effective mentored training opportunities to enhance the research skills and to promote the scientific and career development of trainees with a research interest in Cardiovascular disease Comorbidities, Genetics and Epidemiology.

Trainees will learn effective strategies for preparing, submitting and obtaining external grant funding for research, including extensive tips on best practices.


Details:  The Summer Institute is designed to prepare the participants to work at the interface of cardiovascular disease comorbidities, genetics, and epidemiology.

The program includes:

  • Two 2-week summer sessions in 2021 and 2022, beginning with July 12, 2021
  • Didactic lectures related to cardiovascular disease comorbidities, genetics, and Epidemiology
  • 2-3 day mid-year meeting for all participants along with their mentors
  • 2-3 day Annual meeting with all PRIDE sites and NHLBI for training and networking
  • Workshops in grants-writing
  • Opportunity to develop research skills necessary for genetic dissection of cardiovascular disease and risk factors
  • Opportunity to develop a network of collaborators and resources to conduct research at the interface of genetics, epidemiology, and cardiovascular disease and risk factors

Core Curriculum:

  • Survey Lectures such as:  Primer in Bioinformatics; Primer in Epidemiology; Grant Writing & Grantsmanship; Biomedical Journal Publishing; Data Mining; Hypertension, Hypertensive Heart Disease and Genetics; Sleep Epidemiology & Genetics; Race/Ethnicity, and Health Disparities; Role of Genomics in Complex Disease; Overview of Dissemination and Implementation Science, Sample Size and Power; Biomarker Studies and Methods, and more


  • Small Research Projects (SRPs) provide an opportunity to compete for pilot funds to generate preliminary data for developing NHLBI grant applications.  Project duration 9-12 months beginning Fall after Summer 1.


  • Group brainstorming sessions during most lunch hours with mentors and mentees for discussing and developing ideas for SRPs and new external grant applications and multiple mentor-mentee meetings throughout

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Application Deadline:  Rolling admissions until all slots are filled.  Apply Now!