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The Department of Pediatrics has opportunities for fellows to participate in research training fellowships funded through the T32 training mechanism from the National Institutes of Health. During the T32 training years, fellows will be paired with a mentor and receive focused training in an area critical to children's health.

Current T32 Programs

Preventing Prematurity and Poor Pregnancy Outcomes
This training grant provides a two-year structured experience for fellows in pediatric subspecialty programs who plan a career as a physician scientist with a research focus on the causes of preterm birth and disorders arising in the perinatal and newborn period. The program will prepare trainees to address important perinatal health issues that will ultimately result in the translation of fundamental knowledge into meaningful improvements in birth outcomes.

This program augments the academic resources of the Division of Neonatology with expertise of subspecialty physician scientists in the Vanderbilt Department of Pediatrics and School of Medicine to provide diverse scientific opportunities for trainees. An accomplished faculty supports training in one of three tracks: basic biomedical sciences, clinical and translational investigation, and population-based epidemiological and quality science. Each pathway provides structured training that includes a mentored research program supplemented by seminars and didactic teaching in scientific methods. Candidates in the clinical and translational investigation and population-based epidemiological and quality science pathways may apply to the Masters of Public Health or Masters of Clinical Investigation programs.

For more information, contact program director Jeffrey Reese, M.D. at

Conducting Research in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology T32 offers two years of training for fellows conducting research in pediatric hematology or oncology. Two defined training pathways, Basic and Translational Research and Clinical and Population Based Research, take advantage of the exceptional resources of the Vanderbilt School of Medicine, the Department of Pediatrics and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Faculty mentors have expertise in cancer biology, genomics, cancer cell signaling, molecular and genetic epidemiology, cancer prevention and etiology, health disparities, health services, global health, outcomes and survivorship.

Each pathway has specific programmatic goals with an over-riding emphasis on providing a deep research training experience that includes didactic teaching and mentored research. Candidates in the clinical and population based research pathway may apply for a Masters of Public Health or Masters of Clinical Investigation. Seminars and other conferences on a broad range of topics complement training for all fellows. 

For more information, contact program director Debra Friedman, M.D. at

Developmental Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease

This two-year program provides formal training in research for subspecialty fellows with a focus on developmental determinants of cardiovascular disease, including the molecular and genetic etiologies of congenital heart disease;  the impact of pre- and postnatal development in defining the manifestations of pediatric cardiovascular disease after birth; and the recapitulation of normal developmental processes in the ontogeny of cardiovascular pathology presenting later in childhood or adulthood. The program capitalizes on the strengths of the Vanderbilt Department of Pediatrics and School of Medicine in developmental biology, vascular biology, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering, cardiovascular pharmacology and pharmacogenetics, and population and outcomes.

Trainees will select one of two tracks to prepare for a career as a physician scientist in either basic science investigation or clinical or translational research. An intensive mentored research experience will be supplemented by didactic teaching in scientific methods. Trainees pursuing a career in clinical or translational medicine will be encouraged to apply for the Vanderbilt Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program and support for tuition and fees incurred when enrolled in the MSCI will be partially deferred by T32 grant support.

For more information, contact program director Scott Baldwin, MD at

Vanderbilt Childhood Infections Research Program
The Vanderbilt Childhood Infections Research Program (ChIRP) is a new postdoctoral training program in basic and clinical-translational science for MD and MD/PhD clinical fellows and PhD postdoctoral fellows interested in the broad field of pediatric infectious diseases. The goal of the Vanderbilt ChIRP is to train and foster the careers of future leaders in academic biomedical science who are committed to research relevant to infections of children. ChIRP incorporates both 1) mentored research training and 2) peer mentoring and training, a new initiative that partners clinical fellows and postdoctoral fellows to facilitate cross-disciplinary training and experience. ChIRP seeks to provide basic scientists with training in clinical infectious disease and clinical-translational investigators with a broad knowledge of basic mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis.

For more information, contact program director Mark Denison, M.D., at (615) 343-2136.

Learn more about applying for Department of Pediatrics T32 training grants


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