Cardiovascular Research Training Program

Clinical and Population Translational Science


To provide training for Fellows interested in cardiovascular research.


Dr. Waqas Qureshi presenting at AHA seminar


The rapid development of new and more precise techniques to examine features of human biology has produced tremendous opportunities for progress in cardiovascular research. Unfortunately, at the same time, there has been a continuing decline in the number of physicians choosing a career in biomedical research. As a result, the need for well equipped clinical investigators is greater than ever.

The 2-year cardiovascular research program was established in 2004 under the direction of Dr. David M. Herrington. This program includes a Master's Degree in Clinical and Population Translational Science (CPTS). The Master's curriculum provides formal training in epidemiology, biostatistics, molecular biology and genetics, a hands-on basic laboratory practicum and joint mentorship with both clinical and basic science faculty, and participation in external NHLBI-sponsored short courses in cardiovascular epidemiology.

Our goal is to attract and train a cohort of outstanding physician scientists who will be fluent in the latest developments in clinical research. This research program provides tuition for CPTS program with no stipend.

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Research fellows attend a national conference in Lake Tahoe, California. The overall goal of the conference is to enhance the ability of participants to pursue successful careers related to the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease and the promotion of cardiovascular health through development of competencies related to grant writing, manuscript development, teaching, and clinical and public health practice. A select faculty of epidemiologists and biostatisticians and prevention researchers will present discussions, lectures and laboratory and tutorial sessions illustrating basic principles of cardiovascular disease epidemiology and prevention and their applications.


 "The 10 day AHA seminar was a remarkable experience, I was surrounded by the best epidemiologist, statisticians, geneticists and a wonderful group of researchers and future scientists. This was a boost to my knowledge about cardiovascular epidemiology and opened my eyes to widespread range of research opportunities. The fellows were highly educated and very successful from different backgrounds in cardiovascular research. We had MDs, PhDs, physicists, nutritionists and epidemiologists. We practiced the different types of research study design and learned how to work in teams and learn from each other. Aside from science, Lake Tahoe is a peace of paradise."

            - Mohamed Faher Almahmoud, M.D. research fellow

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