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Translational Biomedical Sciences Training
For Underrepresented Minors (TBS)

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Training Newsletter: Spring 2013 


"Translational Biomedical Sciences Training for Underrepresented Minorities” (TBS) is a training partnership between schools in the US and Brazil. The program is led by Mariana Morris, PhD, from Wright State University (WSU) and Maria Claudia Irigoyen, MD, PhD, from InCor Heart Hospital - University of São Paulo (USP). Other Ohio partners are Central State University (CSU) and Cuyahoga Community College (CCC). In North Carolina, Mark Chappell leads partners at Winston Salem State University (WSSU), Wake Forest University (WFU) and North Carolina Central University (NCCU). In Brazil the university partners are Mackenzie University (MU), University São Judas Tadeus (USJT), University Federal Minas Gerais (UFMG) and Universidade Federal Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Four of the six US schools serve minority populations and will provide a pipeline of African American science students to serve as TBS Scholars (Table 1). Students with disabilities will be recruited from the WSU student pool. Three of the Brazilian schools have a concentration of students from underrepresented groups (SJIT, MU and UFRGS).  
Underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Program Goals:

The goal for TBS is to improve the education of undergraduate students from health disparate populations by offering them an innovative, hands-on exposure to biomedical research in an international setting. The ultimate goal is to encourage the students' pursuit of high level careers in biomedical science with the objective of understanding and eliminating health problems in this population. The program will provide innovative international research, academic and cultural experiences for high quality students from underrepresented minority populations. The designation of translation in the title is important because it emphasizes the connection between basic and clinical science, the importance of transition. Underrepresented is defined for this program as minorities (African American, Hispanic, Native American or Pacific Islander) or persons with disabilities. 

Program Elements: 

  1. Student research internships including a focus on health problems which differentially affect minority populations, primarily cardiovascular and metabolic disease.
  2. Online interactive course entitled, “Frontiers in Translational Research: Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease,” which will involve faculty and students from the US and Brazil.
  3. Workshops in ethics, diversity, presentation skills and writing.
  4. Language training.
  5. Pre-exchange training program which will provide students with information on
    cultural issues.
  6. Participation in a research symposium.  


Students applying to this program must

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Be an undergraduate or graduate student in good academic standing at one of the U.S. partner schools.
  • Have at least one quarter/semester of Portuguese language or equivalent proficiency. Beginning Portuguese classes are taught at WFU and WSSU.

Program Dates and Information

The program is flexible for start dates. The plan is for a group of students to go together to Brazil for a one semester program. Program participants will receive financial support for housing and travel. Students will pay tuition at their home institution and will receive credit for the courses taken in Brazil. The fellowship program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).

For more information contact:

Hypertension and Vascular Research 
Attn: Brazil_Exchange
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1032
Telephone: (336) 716-1080
FAX: (336) 716-2456


Quick Reference

Hypertension & Vascular Research
Debra I. Diz, PhD
Program Director

Marlo McSwain
Administrative Secretary

Phone: 336-716-0757
FAX: 336-716-2456

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