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UK cardiovascular science program receives $1.2 million grant

To prepare clinical scholars for leadership positions

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 18, 2014) — The National Institutes of Health has renewed a five-year, $1.2 million grant to the University of Kentucky to help prepare clinical scholars for leadership positions in cardiovascular research.

morris_lab-fred1The UK Training Program for Clinical Scholars in Cardiovascular Science prepares clinical and postdoctoral fellows in medicine, nursing and pharmacy to assume leadership positions directing multidisciplinary research in the field of cardiovascular medicine.

“The University of Kentucky has invested substantial resources to develop a highly collaborative training environment that leverages our strengths in cardiovascular science,” said Dr. Leigh Ann Callahan, program co-director at UK. “By integrating training in basic, translational and clinical cardiovascular science, we are increasing the pipeline of investigators who bridge the gap between advances in basic science and their application to clinical medicine.”

The UK program was developed to provide rigorous training in basic science research, prepare new researchers for translational and clinical science in a highly interdisciplinary environment, educate trainees in the efficient and ethical conduct of high quality laboratory management and science, and create an environment that encourages scholar/mentor relationships, said Callahan.

Dr. Susan Smyth, director of the UK Gill Heart Institute and co-director for the training program, notes that the grant has positive implications for all Kentuckians — not just scholars in training. “The state’s health status is woefully inadequate, and cardiovascular health among Kentuckians is among the worst in the nation,” said Smyth.  “The Gill Heart Institute, the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, and this training program create a whole that is better than the sum of its parts, and that translates to better heart care right here in Lexington.”