Training Program in Lung Science
Principal Investigator: Jacob I. Sznajder
The long-term goal of the Northwestern University Lung Sciences Training Program (NULSTP) is to encourage bright, enthusiastic, well-trained, academically-oriented MDs and PhDs to pursue a career in Pulmonary Biology investigation. The trainees supported by our training grant focus their research efforts on the cellular and molecular pathophysiology of lung disease and the translation of these findings to the bedside. The trainees are provided with the scientific environment, didactic training and career development mentorship required to initiate a successful career in research. The training is fostering an environment for the acquisition of scientific skills, collaborative interactions and critical thinking required to pursue careers in pulmonary and critical care investigation.
The training grant provides: 1). Stipend support for the development of physician, pre-doctoral, and post-doctoral research scientists. 2) Mentorship by senior investigators. 3) The laboratory environment, training and supervision required for the development of independent investigators. 4) The educational resources in the form of didactic courses, invited speakers and collaborative interactions that will foster the skills required for an independent research career. 5) Administrative structure that will facilitate the trainee’s acquisition of independent extramural funding, faculty appointments and/or further training required to establish an independent academic career. 6) Protected time from activities not directly related to research.
The “Training Program in Lung Sciences” is now in its 10th year of supporting and training a new generation of pre- and post-doctoral fellows who will focus their efforts on lung science. This program has been very successful, reaching the goals described in our previous application. Of the 14 pre-doctoral candidates supported by the award, 12 remain in academic medicine. Similarly, of the 26 post-doctoral fellows supported by the award, 23 remain in academic medicine--11 with the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor and 7 at the rank of Instructor. This success is attributable to the talented trainees we are fortunate to recruit to our program and the diverse, accomplished and highly collaborative group of mentors with whom they are training.