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NHLBI Hunter-Weill T32 Transdisciplinary Research Training Program


The goal of the Hunter-Weill T32 Transdisciplinary Research Training Program is to increase the number of scientists from backgrounds that are underrepresented in biomedical research. The focus of the program to provide training in translational cardiopulmonary disease research. The program is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NHLBI).

Trainees will have the opportunity to network with a diverse and dedicated group of multidisciplinary faculty. This experience will position them to become independent investigators in translational cardiopulmonary research.

The two-year training program requires participation in a formal didactic curriculum consisting of courses and seminars that are designed to provide both foundations and skills in clinical epidemiology and health services research. In addition, trainees continue to participate in a series of multidisciplinary conferences and methodology meetings, as well as interact in their own weekly seminar, working with each other and devoting effort to their own respective research projects. In accordance with program objectives, each trainee has begun to integrate his/her knowledge and skills to design and conduct his/her own original research project with the close supervision of the participating faculty.

All trainees will complete didactic courses in a range of research methodology topics, acquire skills in conducting patient-oriented research, work closely with a mentor in their area of interest on a topic relevant to the goals of the NHLBI, acquire pilot data, present their work at local and national meetings, prepare peer-reviewed papers for submission, and begin to draft and prepare a career development grant application for submission.

Our strengths have been developing trainees to perform question-driven research in an area of their own interest, recruiting minority candidates, and requiring completion of a Master's Degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research. The program fosters the development of new investigators who become independent researchers, using methodologically rigorous approaches to address important health issues. Another strength of our program has been our multidisciplinary faculty with expertise in the basic sciences of clinical research, specifically in clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, economics, decision sciences, and behavioral sciences. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital also participates and collaborates with our program in areas of patient safety and quality improvement.

The curriculum is designed to provide fellows with the conceptual and theoretical background and the practical knowledge and skills necessary to conduct interdisciplinary health services research. The courses are designed to give the participants a solid grasp of the fundamentals of conceptual and theoretical principals underlying health services, behavioral and clinical research. Fellows learn how and when to apply different research designs, quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. They are educated on the use of existing measures, development of surveys and creation new measures to collect their own data. They are trained in computer programming and skills to analyze their own data, including basic and advanced biostatistics techniques. They are taught informatics skills to effectively access secondary data, decision analysis and economic analyses, including cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis. They also examine the importance of adapting methods to different cultures and the importance of responsible conduct of research.


With the active support of faculty mentors, fellows will design, perform, and present an independent research project in their area of interest in one of the following priority areas:

  1. healthcare disparities
  2. patient safety
  3. quality improvement
  4. translating research into practice and policy
  5. patient-centered care and education


As required by the NHLBI, all trainees must be US citizens or permanent residents. The ideal candidate will already be in a basic science lab with an interest in pursuing a career in academic research in the areas of heart, lung, or blood disorders. Additionally, trainees are required to participate in the intensive didactic courses taken through the Weill Cornell Medicine’s M.S. in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research.

Applicants must provide proof of citizenship or permanent residence.

Applicants should be committed to pursuing a research career.


Visit for more information and to apply. You can also send an email to: Dr. Rodrigo Valles at Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply early as fellowship slots are limited.

The Hunter-Weill T32 Transdisciplinary Research Training is supported by the National Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number T32HL135465. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluative Sciences Research

Mary E. Charlson, M.D., Chief

Robin Andrews, Program Coordinator
1300 York Avenue, Box 46
Tel: (646) 962-5050
Fax: (646) 962-0620




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