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Orientation Handbook

  1. 1. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Orientation Manual, edited 2008 Contents Page Important Contacts 2 Goals and Objectives 3 Program Descriptions and Events 4 Requirements and Opportunities for Trainees 5 Predoctoral Trainee Stipends and Benefits 6 Postdoctoral Trainee Stipends and Benefits 7 All Trainees’ Benefits and Information: Travel Funds 9 Book Funds 9 Journal Subscriptions 9 Association memberships 9 Special Courses 9 CVRC Website 9 UVa Research Website 10 Library Access 10 ID Badges and Email 10 Mail 11 Parking and Transportation 11 Telephone Directory 11 Mentors on Training Grant 12 Trainee Related Activities Research in Progress 14 Translational Research Enhancement Program 17 Translational Research Clinician List 18 Annual Trainee Update Requirements 20 Page 1 of 23, 7/22/2010
  2. 2. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu IMPORTANT CONTACTS Brian R. Duling, Ph.D. Janice Munson, Grant Accountant Program Director Graduate Programs Office Basic Cardiovascular Research PO Box 800738 Training Grant Jordan Hall, Room 1102 PO Box 801394 jsm3c@virginia.edu MR-4, Room 6051 434-924-2217 FAX: 434-924-0140 brd@virginia.edu 434-924-9040 FAX: 434-924-2828 Andrea McNeely Beckie Chamberlin Program Administrator Grants Management Specialist Cardiovascular Research Center NHLBI PO Box 801394 Office of Grants Management MR-5, Room 1010 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room #7044 cvrc-training@virginia.edu, Bethesda, MD 20892-7926 mcneely@virginia.edu (Express 20817) 434-243-9943 FAX:434-924-2828 chamberr@nhlbi.nih.gov 301-435-0183, FAX: 301-451-5462 Morgan Angulo, PhD Scott Smith, MD Trainee Representative – Postdoc Trainee Representative – Graduate 2008-2009 Student Owens Lab 2008-2009 msa5m@virginia.edu French Lab rss8p@virginia.edu Page 2 of 23, 7/22/2010
  3. 3. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu GOALS AND OBJECTIVES Goal: to provide a environment in which young scientists are offered access to the finest research minds and superb equipment; and are given the support, encouragement and training that will assure that the become future leaders in cardiovascular research We have assembled a group of approximately 43 mentors from 7 training programs and 3 divisions in the School of Medicine. All are committed to training young investigators and teachers interested in the study of the heart and vasculature. Focus areas for faculty research include: biophysics and molecular biology of receptors and ion channels, cell signaling, growth control of vascular smooth muscle, microvascular regulation, molecular basis of leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions, and genetic engineering of the vascular system. Our laboratories are supplemented by a superb array of shared-instrumentation and core facilities. The training program supports 15 pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees. The first year of graduate training is guided by one of the 7 programs after which the trainee chooses an advisor and a department to complete training. For pre-doctoral students, the departments establish criteria for professional excellence in the particular discipline, whereas the training grant Executive Committee focuses on the competencies necessary for quality cardiovascular research. Post-doctoral fellow training is primarily under the direction of their mentor(s), aided by consultation with the Training Grant Executive Committee. The central aim of the post-doctoral program is to complete the training of independent scientist-scholars. Accordingly, the fellows are treated as colleagues, and commonly interact with more than one faculty member during the training period. Didactic education of both pre- and post-doctoral fellows is supplemented by a cardiovascular research-in-progress presentation series (the RIP’s), laboratory discussion groups, and an outstanding seminar program hosted by the Cardiovascular Research Center in conjunction with the participating centers, departments, and divisions. Preparation for translational research is fostered by the blend of faculty from clinical and basic science departments. We have also formalized a plan for PhD training for a selected group of our MD fellows. Our training program is strongly backed by the University of Virginia, School of Medicine, which has established the Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) as a focus for coordinating cardiovascular research and training throughout the Medical School. In the spring of 2002 the CVRC and many of its associated trainees moved into new space, thus fostering stronger relations between faculty and trainees, and stimulating our interdisciplinary and translational research programs. Page 3 of 23, 7/22/2010
  4. 4. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu TRAINING OF PREDOCTORAL FELLOWS Predoctoral fellows have a broad range of undergraduate backgrounds and research interests while in graduate school. Their training is a combination of laboratory experience, coursework, mentoring, special events, and professional development. Admission is via the BIMS programs (http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/bims/), and at the end of the first year students choose an advisor and department, meeting their requirements and ours in their training process. Only citizens and permanent residents of the United States are eligible for training grant support, according to regulations set forth by the National Institutes of Health, the funding agency for this program. TRAINING OF POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS Postdoctoral fellows come from a broad range of disciplines (both MD’s and PhD’s), and their training is based primarily on laboratory experience. Early in the training process (preferably within the first year), postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to apply for external funding to support their own research activities. The success rate for our trainees in these grant applications is remarkably high, due to the quality of the trainees, the efforts of the faculty to guide the trainees, and a formal instruction in grant writing. Working in conjunction with their advisors, these grants provide fellows with a learning experience in grant writing and in the development of hypothesis-driven scientific research. Postdoctoral fellows also have the opportunity for teaching experience in the graduate and medical curriculum. DURATION OF TRAINING GRANT TENURE The National Institutes of Health provides support for an individual student for a maximum duration of 5 years for a predoc and 3 years for a postdoc. The Cardiovascular Research Training Grant tries to limit support for our trainees to 2 years with the anticipation that they will obtain independent support within the first 2 years on the grant. Continued support beyond 2 years requires reapplication to the training grant and assessment by the Executive Committee of demonstrated effort to obtain external support and strong recommendation of his/her mentors(s). TRAINING GRANT EVENTS Fall Party – October/Halloween Robert M. Berne Lecture – October 28, 2009: Marlene Rabinovitch, M.D. Winter Party – January or February, At Brian Duling’s home Trainee Speakers – February 27, 2009: Mukesh Jain, M.D., May 8, 2009: Michael Gimbrone, M.D., coordinated by Trainee Representatives and includes happy hour, lunch, meetings, seminar Spring Picnic – Pavilion VIII, May or June Recruiting Fairs – please come with us on recruiting trips! See the program coordinator. Page 4 of 23, 7/22/2010
  5. 5. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL TRAINEES Participation in the following is required by each Trainee: 1) Ethics course (a short course offered twice every spring) 2) Vascular Biology course (BIMS 852, offered every other spring – next in 2009) 3) Cardiovascular Research Center Seminar Series (selected Thursdays at noon with special seminars other days and times) followed by lunch with external speakers 4) Cardiovascular Research Center trainees’ Research-in-Progress presentation (third Mondays at 5 p.m.) 5) Translational Research Enhancement Program (scheduled individually) 6) Course and Lab work as required by your department Participation in the following is recommended for each Trainee: 1) Medical School Cardiovascular Physiology Course or equivalent 2) Medical School Cardiovascular Pharmacology Course or equivalent OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRAINEES While interacting with the CVRC Training Grant, you will have opportunities to: • Present a Research in Progress Seminar in the CVRC Seminar Series • Make use of CVRC facilities such as poster printing and the library and attend CVRC functions • Be nominated for and perhaps receive a Robert M. Berne Trainee Achievement Award (two awarded each year, one postdoctoral and one predoctoral) • Teach a section of the BIMS 853/4 Modern Literature in Cardiovascular Research • Present in progress research during the monthly Research-in-Progress presentations • Go on recruiting trips up and down the eastern seaboard • Meet with the dedicated training grant speaker at happy hours, lunches, and office meetings • Serve as trainee representative for the training grant • Meet with Brian Duling as needed to talk about your scientific progress and challenges • Progress to alumni status, where as long as you’re at UVa, you can continue to participate in events! Page 5 of 23, 7/22/2010
  6. 6. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu PREDOCTORAL STIPENDS AND BENEFITS 2008-2009 1. STIPEND – NIH provides stipends for trainees at $20,772/year. We recognize that our trainees are exceptional and that they make major contributions to our research programs and therefore, the office of the Dean or mentors supplement the training grant stipends to bring them to the current level of $25,000. Additionally, special recognition of accomplishment is sometimes provided in the form of merit scholarship stipends may be awarded by departments and mentors. 2. Tuition and Fees – The Training Grant will cover tuition costs for all courses needed for and directly related to the PhD for 3 semesters a year. 3. Health Insurance/ Dental – The Training Grant will cover the Student Health plan or up to $2,297. Students receiving Chickering Insurance will have it paid directly by the grant. Dental Insurance is paid for by student, receipts are submitted to the BIMS administrator, and the BIMS administrator reimburses from the CVRC Training Grant. 4. Gym Membership -- Full-Time Students with valid UVa IDs are automatically members through payment of tuition & fees. If you are research-only for the summer, you are a member of the gym. If you are not registered for classes, there is a small charge for the summer. If other expenses arise that your advisor is unable to cover, submit your needs in writing to the CVRC office, and we will do our best to meet them. Good resources for graduate student information are http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/gpo/enrolled.cfm and http://www.virginia.edu/graduateguide/. Page 6 of 23, 7/22/2010
  7. 7. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu POSTDOCTORAL STIPENDS* AND BENEFITS 1. Stipend Levels (set by NIH for FY09) Years Stipend Amount* Experience *If advisors want to pay at a higher level than what is allotted 0 $36,996.00 by the Training Grant they may supplement with non-NIH 1 38,976.00 funds only. 2 41,796.00 3 43,428.00 Please see 4 45,048.00 5 46,992.00 6 48,852.00 7 51,036.00 http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/site/c.eoJMIWOBIrH/b.3790739/ for information about postdoctoral tax issues. 2. Health Insurance – (from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies: http://www.virginia.edu/vpr/postdoc/postdocinsurance.html) The departmental Research Administrator (or other designee) and the Postdoctoral Fellow must take the following steps to ensure proper enrollment in the Postdoctoral Fellow Health Insurance Plan and begin insurance coverage: a. Prior to the start of the fellowship, the Research Administrator (or other designee) must provide documentation of the funding source and the amount of funds that are designated for health insurance purchase to the Office of the Vice President for Research. Grant budget pages are a common example of such documentation. Please be aware that in 2006 the National Institutes of Health increased the allowance for postdoctoral training expenses to $7850 to cover health insurance. Please email documentation to Wendy Perry, Director of Postdoctoral Programs, at wperry@virginia.edu or fax to 434.924.8720. b. The Research Administrator (or other departmental designee) must fill out an online form with account and enrollee information for the office management of the Vice President for Research. Charges will be made immediately following the appointment end date, or annually, whichever comes first. Page 7 of 23, 7/22/2010
  8. 8. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu c. After receiving email confirmation of Step 1 from the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Research Administrator (or other designee) must instruct the Postdoctoral Fellow to complete the necessary insurance enrollment forms available from the Benefits Division of Human Resources (924-4392). Completed forms must be received at the Benefits Division within 31 days of the beginning of the fellowship. Questions concerning how to add dependent and family coverage, cost of additional coverage, deductibles, etc., should be directed to the Benefits Division at benefits@virginia.edu. d. The Research Administrator (or other designee) must notify postdoc@virginia.edu of any change in status (e.g. change in grant number, family status, termination, renewal). 3. Intramural Sports and Athletic Facilities A request for a letter of authorization identifying the postdoctoral fellow who would like to use these facilities should be sent to Andrea McNeely, the Program Coordinator. The annual charge for using these facilities is approximately $300. The Training Grant can reimburse you for this charge but only if requested. Details about all the facilities available and their hours of operation are available by visiting http://www.virginia.edu/ims/index.html or calling 924-3791. The authorization letter should be taken to The Director, Intra-Mural Sports and Recreation, Aquatic and Fitness Center, Whitehouse Road from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. If other expenses arise that your advisor is unable to cover, submit a description of your needs in writing to the CVRC office, and we will do our best to meet them. Postdoctoral trainees have to agree to “pay back” the first 12 months only of their postdoctoral stipend. This payback can be in the form of one month of work in the field of science (including teaching and industry) for every month up to 12 months that they received an NRSA postdoctoral fellow stipend. Note that the second year of a post-doctoral fellowship qualifies as a payback. Page 8 of 23, 7/22/2010
  9. 9. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu ALL TRAINEES BENEFITS AND INFORMATION 1. Travel Funds For the current project period, the Training Grant will pay up to $1,100.00/year in travel expenses. Reminders: • Please let the Training Grant Administrator know when you are going on a trip. This information is useful if trying to locate you but also in planning for your expenses and reimbursement. International travel must have prior approval by the Dean. Please allow at least 2 weeks before the trip for this or your costs may not be covered. • Flights and conference registration can be paid for ahead of time by the Administrator or can be reimbursed after a trip with receipts and boarding passes. • Lodging, meals, and car rental will be reimbursed after the trip (with receipts, of course). Lodging receipts must be itemized. Meals can be reimbursed either with all itemized receipts or a set per diem but not a mixture of the two. If renting a vehicle, do not purchase the extra insurance as the University has coverage. Also, gas must be purchased before turning the vehicle in instead of added to the rental charge and a receipt from the gas station must accompany request for reimbursement. • Submit receipts and all trip information to the Administrator within 5 business days of trip completion. • More information about travel can be obtained through http://www.procurement.virginia.edu/pagetravel or asking the Administrator. 2. Books The Training Grant will pay up to $200/year to defray the costs of books or journals related to research activities. Books can be purchased by the Administrator by providing a list or can be reimbursed by turning in a receipt. 3. Journals One journal subscription is allowed per year (includes subsets and online access). Journal subscription can be paid by the Administrator or reimbursed. 4. Membership – One student or trainee type membership in a professional society is allowed per year. Memberships can be paid by the Administrator or reimbursed. If reimbursed, make sure to select graduate student, post-doctoral, or trainee cost as opposed to full membership cost. Page 9 of 23, 7/22/2010
  10. 10. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu 5. Special Courses – Registration and travel for special courses (such as summer courses at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) will be considered in addition to allotted travel funds. Application should be made to the Training Grant Executive Committee through the Training Grant Administrator. A syllabus and cost structure of the proposed course should be provided with a short statement of how this course will be especially significant to the trainee’s progress. 6. CVRC Website The Cardiovascular Research Center has a site on the Web at http://www.cvrc.virginia.edu. This website provides the ability to:  Understand the history and organization of the training program  Complete an application online  Review the work of participating faculty and make an informed decision on program area and mentor  View a listing of current trainees and their biographies  Access and edit your profile  Review the orientation process and print out an orientation handbook  View information regarding the Outstanding Trainee Award  Search the CVRC web pages prior to the WWW. 7. UVa Research Website The University of Virginia has an extensive site on the Web at http://www.virginia.edu/research. It includes information about all research faculty at the University including their principal field of research, their phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Other resources on this site include visa information; information about how to disclose intellectual property; links to NIH and NSF grant directories on-line; information about courier services available to deliver grant proposals to federal agencies and more. This site is updated weekly, and we encourage you to bookmark it in your browser program. 8. Library Access Alderman Library and the other eleven libraries in the University System are state libraries, and all residents of Charlottesville and surrounding counties are eligible to use their driver’s license or a similar form of identification as a library card. The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library is not a state library and is dedicated to Health System Center faculty, staff, students and those affiliated with the Health System Center, such as health care providers in this region. An active University ID card is used to access materials and Page 10 of 23, 7/22/2010
  11. 11. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu for borrowing privileges. To use online materials through the library and its website, an active UVa email account is necessary. 9. University of Virginia Health System ID Badges and Email Your primary department (eg, CVRC if you work in a laboratory located in CVRC space including MR-4 and MR-5; Radiology if you are a CVRC trainee but working for a Radiology PI) is responsible for providing trainees with ID badges, email access, door access, HR support, etc. Speak to the Administrative Director in the Cardiovascular Research Center Offices (MR5, Suite 1010) to establish that you have access to the appropriate doors in the CVRC. The administrative director of any other department can provide similar services. 10. Messenger Mail and U.S. Mail To facilitate delivery of express mail (FedEx, UPS) on the grounds of the University, your department name should be given as your return address, along with your lab’s building name and room number. For US Mail and University personnel (referred to as “Messenger Mail”), the department’s name and box number must be used. If the user is located in MR5 building, assigned box numbers for the building should be given as your return address, along with Charlottesville, VA 22908. Check with your Department contact for your box number. The CVRC Box number is PO Box 801394, Charlottesville, VA 22908. 11. Parking and Transportation Services The Parking and Transportation Office is located on Millmont Street, behind Barracks Road Shopping Center. Their hours are 7:30am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday. Phone 924-7231 for more information. Permits can be issued immediately for lots at Scott Stadium West and U-Hall. The University provides bus service to limited areas of the grounds and Charlottesville. There are several bus lines that service different areas as well as a Hospital/Scott Stadium and Hospital/U- Hall shuttle service. Refer to http://www.virginia.edu/parking/bus/bus.html Charlottesville Transit Service buses are free with your University ID. Refer to http://www.charlottesville.org/Index.aspx?page=662 for bus lines. Page 11 of 23, 7/22/2010
  12. 12. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu 12. Telephone Directory This is revised annually. To include the names of new faculty, postdoctoral research fellows, and classified staff, complete a Directory Update Form on-line at https://whois.virginia.edu/cgi-local/whois_wrap The cut-off date for inclusion in the new phone book, which is circulated at the end of November, is September 1. Page 12 of 23, 7/22/2010
  13. 13. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu CVRC TRAINING GRANT MENTORS PROGRAM DEPARTMENTAL EXECUTIVE FACULTY AFFILIATION COMMITTEE PAULA Q. BARRETT PHARMACOLOGY MEMBER STUART S. BERR RADIOLOGY BRETT BLACKMAN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING PATHOLOGY AND THOMAS BRACIALE MICROBIOLOGY MOLECULAR PHYSIOLOGY PRINCIPLE BRIAN R. DULING AND BIOLOGICAL PHYSICS INVESTIGATOR FRED H. EPSTEIN RADIOLOGY BRENT A. FRENCH BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING JAMES C. GARRISON PHARMACOLOGY BENJAMIN M. GASTON PEDIATRICS ADRIAN GEAR BIOCHEMISTRY ARIEL GOMEZ PEDIATRICS WILLIAM H. GUILFORD BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING PATRICE G. GUYENET PHARMACOLOGY ENDOCRINOLOGY AND CATHERINE HEDRICK METABOLISM BRIAN P. HELMKE BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING JEFFREY HOLMES BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING JOHN A. HOSSACK BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING MOLECULAR PHYSIOLOGY BRANT E. ISAKSON AND BIOLOGICAL PHYSICS MEMBER CHRISTOPHER KRAMER RADIOLOGY IRVING KRON SURGERY VICTOR LAUBACH SURGERY MICHAEL LAWRENCE BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING KEVIN S. LEE NEUROLOGY NORBERT LEITINGER PHARMACOLOGY CARDIOVASCULAR JOEL LINDEN RESEARCH KEVIN LYNCH PHARMACOLOGY PAUL MATHERNE PEDIATRICS Page 13 of 23, 7/22/2010
  14. 14. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu CARDIOVASCULAR COLEEN MCNAMARA RESEARCH CRAIG MEYER BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING RANDALL MOORMAN CARDIOLOGY ENDOCRINOLOGY AND JERRY L. NADLER METABOLISM TOM OBRIG NEPHROLOGY MARK OKUSA INTERNAL MEDICINE MOLECULAR PHYSIOLOGY GARY OWENS AND BIOLOGICAL PHYSICS MANOJ PATEL ANESTHESIOLOGY SHAYN PEIRCE-COTTLER BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING MEMBER RICHARD J. PRICE BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING JEFFREY SAUCERMAN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING MARTIN A. SCHWARTZ MICROBIOLOGY MEMBER THOMAS C. SKALAK BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING MOLECULAR PHYSIOLOGY AVRIL V SOMLYO AND BIOLOGICAL PHYSICS MEMBER CARDIOVASCULAR AMY L. TUCKER RESEARCH KENNETH S. TUNG PATHOLOGY BRIAN WAMHOFF CARDIOLOGY MEMBER Page 14 of 23, 7/22/2010
  15. 15. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu TRAINING PROGRAM ACTIVITIES RESEARCH IN PROGRESS DAY: 3rd Monday of every month. TIME: 5:00 PM, food & drinks provided. PLACE: BME lecture room MR5 1041. Roundtable presentations (January and July): At a ROUNDTABLE each person gives a brief 4-6 minute synopsis of their ongoing research through oral description, no slides. We will then just go around the table. The goal is for each trainee to gain experience in explaining your research to a diverse audience, and for everyone to become familiarized with the research interests of their fellow CVTG trainees. We strongly encourage you to ask questions to help clarify your peer’s presentation and to supplement the questions that we might ask. The goal is to help you recognize how you might have done a better job at explaining what you are doing and why. Here are some suggestions for you to think about in preparing what you are going to say. 1. Identify your audience and gear your presentation to the individuals in the group who know the least about your topic area. This is a critical skill for all effective communication including grant writing. Those more familiar will appreciate the refresher. 2. Identify who you are, what lab the work was done in, and perhaps a few words about your overall long term professional interests. For example, if you are a 2nd year student, where do you want to be headed after you receive your diploma? 3. When you begin the summary of your work (this applies to any research communication), you need to always open with a sentence that convinces your audience that what you are about to say is important and worth their attention. 4. Give one or two sentences (you cannot afford much more than this) of background that orients the audience regarding your project and clearly identifies the problem, question, or hypothesis that you hope to address. 5. Tell them how you intend to address the problem/question/hypothesis and if possible the rationale for selecting the experimental approach you selected. 6. Tell them your major findings (if any so far). 7. Give a conclusion that summarizes your findings and what is next. Page 15 of 23, 7/22/2010
  16. 16. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu 8. Identify the “best thing” and “worst thing” about your research. It is a real challenge to communicate in this fashion but is a skill you must develop to be a successful independent investigator. RIP sessions (February-June, August-December) We will assign trainees to these slots. Everyone will present at least once during the year. Guidelines: 1. Make your presentation approximately 20 minutes long. 2. Two research presentations are usually scheduled for one RIP session. 3. During or following your talk, pose 3-5 questions to stimulate trainee participation. 4. Any attending faculty will be asked to not ask questions at the end of your presentation until there have been at least 2 student questions. Faculty of course can ask points of clarification during talks. However, because of the short time frame, only clarification questions can be asked. 5. Please include material in your RIP presentation that is incomplete or controversial. This could be presented toward the end of your talk and might conclude with a slide summarizing future directions. Don't feel like you should have a complete story before presenting data - take advantage of the great input your trainee colleagues can provide early in a project. 6. Consider presenting a last slide to address the questions, "How does this research project relate to my long term plans of being a successful scientist?" 6. The RIP is intended to be a trainee’s primary forum for exchange of research ideas so please let us know if you have additional suggestions. All attendees will be expected to fill out an evaluation sheet for each presentation to give feedback to the presenter. If you have questions about the CVRC Research-in-Progress presentation sessions, please contact Brian Wamhoff (wamhoff@virginia.edu). CVRC RIP Trainee Performance Evaluation Form Page 16 of 23, 7/22/2010
  17. 17. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu Name of Speaker: Content: Excellent Good Poor Suggestions for Clear statement of purpose improvement: Familiarity with introductory material Organization of presentation Discussion of methodology Discussion of experimental findings Interpretation of results Critical evaluation of results and conclusions Comments: Presentation: Excellent Good Poor Clarity of speech Clarity of slides Appropriateness of figures Ability to field questions Comments: Page 17 of 23, 7/22/2010
  18. 18. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM With the increasing recognition of the importance of translational research and of the need for integrative studies for our trainees in cardiovascular biology, we have initiated a Translational Research Enhancement Program for our Cardiovascular Research Trainees. Many of our students are highly focused on cellular and molecular research programs in their laboratory work, and they are more and more likely to be separated from the ultimate product of NIH sponsored research, that is, the illness and the patient. To address this we have developed a program for exposure of basic scientists in training to clinical activities. We have brought together a group of clinician-scientist faculty members involved in both cardiovascular medicine and basic cardiovascular research (see appended table). Each trainee is asked to select an individual from this group and to spend a day in a cardiovascular-related clinical environment. Clinical activities include cardiology and pediatric cardiology clinics, cardiac catheterization laboratory, cardiac and vascular anesthesia, cardiac and vascular surgery, cardiovascular pathology, etc. Ideally, the clinical scientist chosen will have a parallel research interest with the student, but that is not required. The student will meet with the faculty member for a preclinical orientation and didactic session which will inform the student of what to expect and what they might learn from this experience. During the clinical exposure, and in a didactic session following the clinical experience, the faculty member and student will discuss the relevance of the clinical observations to cardiovascular research issues. We hope that you will participate in this experience and that you will let us know how it can be improved. Please contact me if you have any questions or if you just want to discuss a clinical activity. Randall Moorman, rmoorman@virginia.edu Page 18 of 23, 7/22/2010
  19. 19. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu LIST OF CLINICIANS MENTORS FOR TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM Name. Department and Title of Research Interest Clinical Interest Telephone, Translational Research Email ID Experience Beller, George Cardiology Assessment of regional myocardial Nuclear cardiology, stress (MD), blood flow and viability using testing, coronary artery 4-2134; GAB4C radiotracer techniques; Reperfusion disease, acute ischemic imaging after prolonged ischemia. syndromes, cardiac rehabilitation, preventive cardiology, lipids Barrett, Eugene Endocrinology: Instruction in Diabetes, insulin action, nutrition Diabetes, lipid disorders (MD, PhD), assessing insulin action in vivo 4-1175; EJB8X including insulin's action on glucose and protein metabolism and vascular responsiveness Baum, Victor Anesthesiology: Effects of anesthetic agents on Cardiac, thoracic and (MD) hemodynamic effects of general sarcolemmal ionic currents in vascular anesthesia 2-3889; VCB2N and regional anesthesia immature myocardium, developmental cardiac electrophysiology. Carey, Robert M. Endocrinology: Hormonal Hormonal control of blood pressure Cardiovascular and renal (MD) regulation of blood pressure and hypertension endocrinology 4-5510; RMC4C and hypertension Dent, John (MD) Cardiology: Echocardiography, Valvular heart disease, technology Echocardiography, valvular 2-1414; JMD5K valvular heart disease, assessment, contrast heart disease, thromboembolism echocardiography thromboembolism Gomez, Ariel D Pediatric Nephrology Molecular developmental biology of Pediatric Nephrology (PhD) the kidney 2-0078; RG Kern, John (MD) Cardiovascular Surgery Spinal cord protection during Cardiovascular Surgery 2-4301; JKERN vascular surgery Kramer, Cardiology: Translational Cardiac MRI in ischemic heart general cardiology, Christopher (MD) Cardiovascular Imaging disease in animal models and in ischemic heart disease, 2-4270; CMK2N man. Myocardial viability in acute cardiac imaging, cardiac and chronic ischemic heart disease. MRI and CT, LV remodeling after myocardial echocardiography infarction. Imaging of atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease Lynch, Carl (MD, Anesthesiology Myocyte physiology; physiology of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia PhD) excitable cells 4-2283; CL7Y Mangrum, James Cardiology ablation strategies for atrial Atrial fibrillation, ablation (PhD) fibrillation. therapy, implantable 2-3817; JMM5V cardioverter defibrillators, cardiac electrophysiology, biventricular pacing for heart failure, pacemakers Page 19 of 23, 7/22/2010
  20. 20. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu Matherne, Paul G Pediatric Cardiology Cardiac protection and heart failure; Pediatric Cardiology and (PhD) Ischemia reperfusion; Murine Cardiac Catheterization 4-5365; GPM2Y physiology Matsumoto, Allan Radiology: Application of Vascular stenting, restenosis, Vascular, biliary, (MD) drugs and devices for in vivo aneurysmal disease, thrombolysis, genitourinary, venous 4-9279; AHM4D animal applications or fibroid embolization, device thromboembolic and Multidimensional imaging for evaluation, venous thromboembolic oncologic disease and assessing the in vivo effects of disease. interventions. drugs and devices McDaniel, Nancy Pediatric Cardiology Growth and development in children Cardiac transplantation L (MD) with congenital heart disease 4-9148; NLM9M McGahren, Surgery: Observation of Pulmonary microcirculation General pediatric surgery, Eugene D. (MD) clinical practice of Pediatric including neck, chest, 4-5643; PIC 4157 Surgery abdominal conditions EDM6K McNamara, Cardiology: Understanding the Understanding the role of helix- Adult Cardiology Coleen (MD) role of helix-loop-helix loop-helix transcription regulators in Prevention 2-3366; CAM8C transcription regulators in vascular lesion formation. Diabetes Diabetes and vascular lesion formation. and Cardiovascular Disease Cardiovascular Diseases Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Moorman, J. Cardiology Molecular biology of ion channels; Cardiology and Cardiac Randall (MD) Modulation of cardiac excitability by Catheterization; Ischemic 2-3367; RM3H signal transduction processes; Heart Disease Heart rate variability. Mounsey, J Paul Cardiology Cardiac myocyte electrophysiology Clinical Electrophysiology (PhD) 4-2465; JM6A Ragosta, Mike Cardiology: Application to Coronary physiology, interventional General (MD) Coronary Intervention cardiology, myocardial infarction, cardiology;interventional 4-2420; MR8B novel training programs, chronic cardiology including coronary occlusion, ischemic heart angioplasty, stents, disease atherectomy and coronary brachytherapy; diagnostic catheterization; periperhal interventions Rembold, Cardiology: Prevention of Signal transduction in smooth Hypertension, Christopher (MD) athrerosclerosis by treating muscle relaxation and contraction, Atherosclerosis and 4-2825; CR2G hypertension, dyslipidemia, and specifically the mechanism of NO Hyperlipidemia the metabolic syndrome induced relaxation. Risk factors for atherosclerosis and their treatment. Theodorescu, Urology Tumor biology and angiogenesis Urology Dan (MD, PhD) 4-0042; DT9D Tucker, Amy Cardiology The role of adenosine in cardiac Adult Cardiology (MD) protection and angiogenesis 2-3366; ALT8T Page 20 of 23, 7/22/2010
  21. 21. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu ANNUAL TRAINEE STATUS REPORT This form should be completed by each trainee each year in March and submitted to the Training Grant Executive Committee. Continued support of the Training Grant will depend on timely progress including identification of committees, submission of grants, completions of required courses, etc. I. ANNUAL TRAINEE STATUS REPORT Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 Biographical Data: Full Name: _______________________________________________________________________ Year of Entry to Grant: _________________ Date completing this form: ____________________ Local Address: ___________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ Local Phone Number: _____________________________________________________________ Permanent (Non-UVa) Email: _______________________________________________________ Permanent (eg, parents’) Address and phone number (to be used to try to locate you for trainee updates for grant renewals): _________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ Report Instructions: Students: complete Sections A and B Postdocs: complete Section B. Section A: Students Only 1. Courses Remaining to Complete Your PhD: 2. Lab Rotations Completed or in Progress: 3. Ph.D. Department Candidacy Exam (date of completion or date scheduled): Page 21 of 23, 7/22/2010
  22. 22. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu 4. Title or Working Title of Dissertation 5. Dissertation Committee Members (indicate Mentor): 6. Anticipated thesis defense date (or year): 7. Anticipated date of graduation Section B. All Trainees: 1. Courses taken in the last year and grades. If none, please indicate. 2. Time with Mentor: How much one-on-one time (amount and frequency) do you spend with your mentor per month? 3. Publications: Please include a citation list with the following categories: published, submitted manuscripts, manuscripts in preparation, and abstracts. Please indicate if authored or co-authored. If none, please indicate. 4. Grants Applied for and Grants Awarded: Please list. All trainees must have applied for a grant by the end of their second year on the CVRC Training Grant; Postdoctoral fellows are highly encouraged to apply for a grant before the end of their first year of support. 5. Presentations at Scientific Meetings or Seminars Given: List the meeting, where it was held, the date of your presentation, the type of your presentation, and the title of your talk or poster. 6. Research Summary: Please provide a brief description of the research conducted during the current grant year. (For those predocs who have yet to select a specific project, a statement of research worked on in different mentors’ labs will suffice.) Additionally, provide a summary of the work to be conducted during the upcoming appointment year. 7. Modern Literature in Cardiovascular Research (BIMS 853/854) Please indicate if you have participated in the last year and frequency of participation. If you taught a section, please indicate. 8. Translational Research Program: Page 22 of 23, 7/22/2010
  23. 23. Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 5T32-HL007284 The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center 434-243-9943, cvrc-training@virginia.edu If you participated in the translational research program during the current grant year, please provide the name and department of the clinician you worked with, dates, and a brief summary of the experience. 9. CV Training Grant Journal Club/RIP: How many of the monthly journal club or RIP meetings did you attend during the current grant year? Did you present any articles? 10. Awards and Honors If none, please indicate. 11. Other Significant Activity (course sections taught, leadership positions, students mentored, sessions chaired). If none, please indicate. 12. Suggestions for Grant Improvement. Where should we improve? Have you noticed something about the Training Grant experience that you would like us to know? Page 23 of 23, 7/22/2010

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