Advanced Respiratory Research for Equity (AIRE)

The nation suffers from staggering health disparities contributed to, in part, by the absence of a diverse biomedical and healthcare workforce. The primary objective of the AiRE program is to provide advanced training in an interprofessional environment to qualified candidates from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, who are committed to addressing lung disparities through impactful research from basic to the full translational continuum and implementation.

AiRE Mentees will receive all expenses paid training that facilitates successful team science career development, that includes two intensive summer institutes (1.5 week in year-1, and 1 week in year-2); a Mid-year visit to Arizona (1 week in the Winter); a 3-day Spring workshop in Bethesda, and monthly videoconferencing. The Yearlong program covers:

  • Didactic instruction in:
    • Grantsmanship (NIH Style writing, and reviewing grants)
    • Scientific Writing, Presentations, and Bioethics
    • Advanced Research Methodology (Tailored to trainee needs) in the following content areas:
      • Community-Based Participatory Research
      • Design & Analysis of Health Outcomes & Effectiveness Research
      • Basic and Advanced Epidemiological/Bio-statistical Methods
      • Transomics and Biomarker discovery
      • Data-science and machine learning
      • Wearables and devices
  • Interprofessional Career/Leadership Development
  • Structured Mentoring by a team of content experts
  • Research experience (includes funding for select small projects) with mentor/instructor support in:
    • Conceptualization
    • Design
    • Implementation
    • Analysis
    • Reporting
  • Writing workshops:
    • Abstract/Poster/Audiovisual content writing
    • Scientific publications
    • Research report composition
    • Dissemination strategies

Additional Summer Institute experiences include visits to US-Mexico border and Native American communities.