Unfortunately, West Virginia leads the nation in many categories of cardiovascular (coronary artery disease, hypertension, etc.) and pulmonary diseases (asthma, COPD, etc.), very likely due to the high prevalence of risk factors such as smoking, coal dust and wood smoke exposure and obesity.
Our goal is to train the next generation of research scholars who will have expertise and interests aligned with such disease issues.
Research conducted by current predoctoral trainees (plus fellows) already within our established research training effort in cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, plus research by new students to be supported by this Research Training Program in Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Sciences, will generate new knowledge and new strategies to prevent and/or treat cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases; disorders of both great regional (Appalachian) and national importance We are especially focused on the training of students who plan to pursue full-time careers in either a basic science or clinical department within an academic institution; a major research institute setting (such as NIH, Burnham Institute, HHMI, etc.) and/or a major pharmaceutical corporation directing research projects relevant to cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.
Our ongoing grant funded research efforts relevant to cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases are coupled with an integrated basic science first year graduate curriculum that is followed by advanced graduate courses in cardiovascular and respiratory biology, and then literature-based upper level graduate courses. This provides the foundation for this hypothesis driven research training program using modern technologies.