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Nephrology Training Grant (NIH Funded)

Training program for physician scientists and Ph.D. researchers

This program is aimed at preparing trainees for successful academic and scientific careers. The program offers intensive training in hypothesis-driven clinical and laboratory research. Both disease-related as well as basic scientific topics will be addressed. The Division of Nephrology & Hypertension provides a stimulating, interactive and collegial environment to conduct these research projects.

Research Areas, Disciplines and Methods

The training program offers research opportunities covering a wide scope of clinical and basic science topics related to kidney disease and renal cellular physiology. The program brings together investigators from the Divisions of Nephrology & Hypertension and Cardiology in the Department of Medicine and researchers from the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and from the Vollum Institute. The research interests of the participating faculty are grouped into three interrelated interest areas: Hypertension, Chronic Kidney Disease, Renal Cell Biology and Physiology. The program will provide training in state of the art techniques in molecular biology, life cell imaging, physiology and pharmacology, vascular biology and related clinical research methods. Participating laboratories are situated at Oregon Health & Science University and at the Portland VA Medical Center. The clinical research programs have access to the recently established Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI).



Structure of the Program

For M.D. scientists, research training will be preceded by one year of clinical nephrology training supplemented with formal educational activities to establish the scientific framework for nephrology research. During the clinical years the candidates will select appropriate mentors in preparation for the following research training. Subsequent years (2 or more) will be devoted to basic laboratory or clinical research and will be funded by this grant. For Ph.D. scientists, the research training will be preceded by successful completion of a Ph.D. program in a related basic science discipline. For all candidates, research activities will be complemented by participating in relevant journal clubs and research group meetings, and by course-work tailored to the trainee’s individual interests and goals.