The Emory University T32 Hematology Training Program addresses the crucial need for programs to train physician scientists and clinical investigators in pediatric nonmalignant hematology. Research in hematology—particularly in pediatrics—has elucidated many of the genetic, cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying disease processes, as well as fundamental cellular functions such as cell differentiation and gene regulation. Embedded in the largest clinical pediatric hematology program in the country, our T32 training program provides huge patient volumes for clinical and translational research within Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
The T32 Hematology Training Program will offer rigorous training in basic and translational research to postdoctoral MD, MD/PhD and PhD fellows under the mentorship of 28 faculty mentors supported by more than $25 million in extramural funding (more than $17 million from federal sources). Integrated into the highly successful Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplant Fellowship Program, the new T32 Hematology Training Program will admit two trainees for two years of support, training five to seven MD fellows and three to five PhD postdoctoral fellows over five years.
PhD fellows within Emory laboratories are eligible for this program, as well as external MD and PhD candidates chosen on the basis of their prior training and research accomplishments, academic potential, and commitment to research in nonmalignant hematology.
Duties and responsibilities
Each trainee will have a laboratory research mentor and a clinical co-mentor to foster basic or translational research relevant to pediatric hematology. Pairing of senior mentors with junior mentors from a pool of 11 young faculty members will expand the supply of future mentors.
In addition to rigorous lab research training, trainees will participate in a course on conduct of ethical research, departmental career development seminars, grant writing and academic skills training, research conferences, journal clubs, and fellowship program research retreats. Individual training plans will be developed for each trainee, and progress will be monitored by a multidisciplinary scholarship oversight committee (SOC). Formal training in clinical research methodologies is also available for PhD trainees.
Trainees will present their work at national meetings and develop applications for career development awards (K awards).