Basic & Translational Research Training
Diverse opportunities and innovative approaches distinguish our research training program. The University of Pittsburgh ranks 6th in NIH funding among institutions of higher education in the United States. More than $15M in annual research expenditures distributed across 10 subspecialty centers and institutes (including two institutional T32 training grants in pulmonary biology and medicine and pulmonary vascular biology and a third in sleep medicine) support the Division’s research enterprise and span the continuum of pulmonary disease and critical care medicine. More than 20,000 sq feet of state-of-the-art laboratory space provides the physical infrastructure to support scientific training initiatives.
T32 Training Programs
Translational Training Program in Pulmonary Biology and Medicine
The Translational Training Program in Pulmonary Biology and Medicine focuses on an ethos of translational bench-to-bedside research. Our training plan has been invigorated by establishing a four year Bench-to-Bedside Translational Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine Fellowship; pairing basic lung biology and pulmonary medicine mentors to form translational research training units; a three day off-campus fellows Research Career Retreat; month-long exposures to regulatory activities at the NIH, FDA, and Industry; a monthly grant writing workshop; and a formalized K-to-R transition program. Our training plan is structured around Individualized Development Plans that emphasize quantifiable outcomes based on submission and presentation of abstracts, publication of original peer-reviewed research, pursuit of career development awards, completion of didactic courses, and graduation from Masters/Ph.D. programs. We have a multidisciplinary training faculty throughout the Departments of Pediatrics, Pathology, Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology, Immunology, Critical Care Medicine, and Divisions of Renal-Electrolyte, Infectious Disease, Gastroenterology, and General Medicine, as well as the Departments of Epidemiology and Environmental and Occupational Health at the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.
Translational Training Program in Pulmonary Vascular Biology
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine supports a two year postdoctoral program entitled Translational Pulmonary Vascular Biology funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The Program is intended for M.D. and Ph.D. fellows from fields of pulmonary and cardiovascular science. The Program features initial development of a ‘translational research tool set, individually-prescribed development plan, paired mentorship teams of basic and clinical researchers, patient-orientated exposure, emphasis on high impact publications, and preparation of a career development award (K-series or equivalent).
Translational Research Training in Sleep Medicine
The objective of this NHILB-funded Program is to train clinical and basic researchers in a translational approach to Sleep Medicine. The Training Program’s primary focus is on post-doctoral training, with a secondary focus on mentored medical student research.
Cutting-edge basic science and an extensive repository of human tissues and clinical data promote translational research, the hallmark of our Division and our training program. In recent years, we have developed an innovative bench-to-bedside translational training program capitalizing on partnerships with the NIH, pharmaceutical companies, the FDA, and other departments within the University including an active and productive Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI).