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Adult Critical Care T32 Training Program Renewed for an Additional Five Years

Thu, 08/01/2013

The Department of Critical Care Medicine's T32 post-doctorial training program “Experimental therapeutics in critical care” was just approved as a competitive renewal for the fourth time, funding trainees for years 16-20.  CCM has successfully trained postdoctoral fellows for the past 15 years in one of the only purely critical care T32 training programs funded by the NIH.

Funds will support up to 4 fellows for all years. The overall research focus of the trainees will be the biology of acute severe illness and its response to therapy in 3 inter-related levels of investigation: 1) Immunobiology and Cellular Basis for Organ Injury; 2) Organ-systems Modeling; and 3) Clinical and Health Services Research. This approach underscores the essential basis of critical care medicine, requiring an integration of cell and molecular biology to organ-system monitoring, and therapies to define their effects on socially relevant outcomes.

These research areas coincide with extramural research grants of the training faculty. Trainees will understand how to design, execute, and complete experiments to answer specific questions derived from critically ill patients. Thus, the fellow will be also trained in the thought processes needed to apply these tools in the future as they relate to real life problems in critically ill patients.

The program director, Michael R. Pinsky, MD who has lead this program since its inception fifteen years ago has recruited Jeremy Kahn, MD to be the program co-director. “We feel that these research programs are excellent vehicles for training because they ask broad questions on which precise, well-targeted individual research training efforts can be staged” said Dr. Pinsky. “I am delighted that we can continue funding research fellowship education during these times of severe fiscal austerity.”   Prior NRSA trainees have reached considerable academic achievement and we expect this history of success to continue well into the future.

Potentially trainees are encouraged to apply on line to this program.  All applicants must be either Only US citizens or permanent aliens residents are eligible for this program.