PRIDE - Functional and Applied Genomics of Blood Disorders
The PRIDE (Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged) in Health-Related Research, program is a research career advancing training
opportunity funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Six unique
PRIDE Institutes were recently funded across the United States. These mentored research
programs address the difficulties experienced by junior investigators in establishing
independent research programs and climbing the academic ranks.
The PRIDE-Functional and Applied Genomics of Blood Disorders program at the Georgia
Regents University (GRU-PRIDE) will focus on training young scientist in research
related to human blood diseases. Mentees will learn grant writing skills and hand-on
bench research skills related to proteomics, molecular and cellular techniques.
2012 PRIDE Summer Institute - Cohort 1 Mentees Awarded Certificates of Completion
[L-R]: William Witola, Tracie Gibson, May Xiong, Sharon Singh, Tennille Presley, Rafat
Ahmed, and Levi Makala
- Junior-level faculty at accredited institutions with research programs related to
blood disorders should apply.
- The final selection of participants will be based on merit while considering the potential
of candidates from a minority group that is under-represented.
- Must be a United States Citizen or Permanent United States Resident.
- The primary mission of PRIDE is to encourage scientists and research-oriented faculty
from diverse backgrounds to further develop their research skills and gain experience
in advanced methods and experimental approaches in basic and applied sciences relevant
to heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders.
- NHLBI staff will conduct grant-writing workshops onsite to improve the mentees funding
prospects. In addition, the interdisciplinary teaching faculty will deliver didactic
lectures on genomic, molecular, cell biology, and proteomic techniques. Participants
will also learn bench skills that can be utilized to perform functional and applied
genomics approaches related to blood disorders.
- Mentors/Mentees teams will be established based on common research interests to develop
specific research projects and long-term collaborations.
- The PRIDE training program consists of: 1) Summer Institutes lasting approximately
2-week for two consecutive summers, 2) a mid-year visit to the Mentor’s institution,
and 3) Annual Workshop in Bethesda, MD attended by mentees and mentors from the six
funded PRIDE programs and NIH staff to promote networking, share research ideas and
The PRIDE program is funded by NHLBI from 2010-2014. Three cohorts of mentees will
be recruited to each institute. The third GRU-PRIDE Summer Institute will be held
from July 8-23, 2013 (See PRIDE Curriculum).
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