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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, each fellow is paired with a mentor and receives focused training in an area critical to children's health.

Current T32 Programs

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

  1. the molecular and genetic etiologies of congenital heart disease;
  2. the impact of pre- and postnatal development in defining the manifestations of pediatric cardiovascular disease after birth;
  3. 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. Didactic teaching in scientific methods will supplement an intensive mentored research experience. 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. 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 mentored research training and 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.

Conducting Child Health Care Research in Vulnerable Populations Training Program

This is an interdisciplinary program for the career development of pediatric physician-scientists who will become the future leaders in child health research in vulnerable populations. Such populations include children at risk for adverse health outcomes due to intrinsic biologic differences, elevated burdens of disease, or social characteristics such as financial limitations, place of residence and inability to communicate effectively.

This training program's specific aims are to identify qualified trainees at the end of residency or early in fellowship training, and provide them with an interdisciplinary research experience in the laboratory of a qualified mentor with adequate resources and space and ready access to unique populations of vulnerable children.

To ensure long-term success, this experience will in all cases be integrated with the Vanderbilt Master of Science in Clinical Investigation and Master of Public Health programs and an applied skills practicum in conducting research in vulnerable populations. The program directors will use an advisory committee comprising national experts within and external to Vanderbilt University to obtain ongoing advice with respect to candidate and mentor selection, scholarly progress of selected candidates and overall success.

For more information, contact program director William Cooper, M.D., MPH at

Learn more about applying for Department of Pediatrics T32 training grants

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