Cardiovascular Health-Related Research (CVD)

The goal of the PRIDE-CVD Summer Institute at State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center is to instruct scientists/clinicians in multidisciplinary approaches to research in cardiovascular health disparities.  The PRIDE-CVD has been in existence for 12 years and has trained more than 90 scholars from 83 different universities nationwide. 

PRIDE-CVD is uniquely defined by:

  1. Its partnership with minority-led community-based organizations with expertise on health disparities
  2. The living laboratory of Brooklyn, New York, an urban setting in which to conduct health disparities and CVD research
  3. A well renowned faculty roster with a high number of minority members
  4. A historical context providing eight years of experience in training and supporting minority scholars

 PRIDE-CVD will continue to contribute significantly to improving the pool of highly-capable minority professionals in cardiovascular health research. 

PRIDE-CVD will continue to build on this success and years of experience via the following specific aims:

  1. To select and train qualified underrepresented scientists and clinicians who have potential to contribute to the knowledge in cardiovascular health disparities research. 
  2. To provide long-term tailored one to one and peer mentoring with the goal to submit a research grant application.
  3. To provide intensive individualized training and guidance in grant writing and peer review in order to enhance the capacity for success in research careers. 
  4. To provide financial support for small research projects to facilitate transition to independence. 

Topics covered during the Summer Institute include but are not limited to:

  • Grant Writing Opportunities
  • Mentoring and Career Development 
  • Introduction to Health Disparities and Cultural Competency
  • Research Design, Methods, and Analysis
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Pathophysiology and Hypertension & Heart Failure
  • Responsible Conduct of Research 
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