T32: REnal TrAIning & reteNtion (RETAIN) Program

Program Description

This T32 is unique since it combines Physiology’s strength in pre-natal programming with the Nephrology’s strength in translational research. The objective of this training grant is to provide superb training in basic, translational or clinical research in the field of kidney diseases. Training will be provided to both predoctoral (4 PhD, PharmD or MDPhD students) and postdoctoral (2 MDs, PhDs or PharmDs) trainees for 2-3 years. The faculty consists of clinician-scientists and basic scientists whose research is concentrated in areas important for understanding the basis of chronic kidney disease and its sequelae. The predoctoral trainees will be recruited and trained through the College of Medicine’s Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences (IDP) or the College of Pharmacy. Postdoctoral trainees will be recruited through T32 program faculty and national advertising. All trainees will have a primary mentor, a renal mentor (if the primary mentor is not in the Division of Nephrology), and a basic science or epidemiologic mentor.

For those who enter clinical research, an MPH in the School of Public Health can be obtained. This T32 program was developed with specific mechanisms to enhance recruitment of qualified personnel into translational research and to help ensure their future success. There remains a critical need for academic nephrologists to investigate the etiologies, pathogenesis, management, and consequences of kidney diseases. Despite the fact that the numbers of individuals with kidney disease continues to rise, the number of individuals entering the field to conduct research continues to be inadequate. The objective of this training grant is to provide superb training in basic, translational or clinical research investigating the cause, with a special emphasis on pre-natal programming, and sequelae of kidney diseases, hypertension and renal transplantation. Training will be provided to 4 predoctoral and 2 postdoctoral trainees for 2-3 years.

Support

Predoc:
NIH FY17 Stipend Level
Training Related Expenses $4,200 (covers lab supplies, benefits, books, etc.)
Tuition and Fees up to $16,000
Travel $1,000 to attend annual conferences

Postdoc:
NIH FY17 Stipend Level
Training Related Expenses $8,850 (covers lab supplies, benefits, books, etc.)
Travel $1,000 to attend annual conferences

Loan Payment Program

Trainees of this program are eligible for support from NIH in repaying educational loans.

Program Director

Mark Segal, Contact PI, MD, PhD. Professor of Medicine, Division Chief, J. Robert Cade Professor of Medicine

Michelle Gumz, MPI, PhD. Professor of Nephrology, Hypertension & Renal Transplantation

Program Faculty

(all faculty listed are potential mentors on this T32)

  • Mark Atkinson, PhD. Professor of Medicine, Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine, and Pediatrics
  • Chris Baylis, PhD. J Robert Cade Professor of Physiology, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Hypertension Center
  • Scott Berceli, MD, PhD. Professor
  • Rebecca J. Beyth, MD, MSc. Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • Azra Bihorac, MD. Associate Professor of Medicine, Surgery and Anesthesiology
  • Barry Byrne, MD. Director, UF Powell Gene Therapy Center and Professor, Pediatrics and Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
  • Brian Cain, PhD. Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Michael Clare-Salzler, MD. Professor of Medicine, Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Kirk Conrad, PhD. Professor of Physiology & Functional Genomics, Co-Director of the Reproductive and Perinatal Biology Research Program
  • Paul Duncan, PhD. Malcom and Christine Randall Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy in the College of Public Health and Health Professions
  • Julie Johnson, Pharm D. Dean of COP, Professor and Chief, Department of Pharmacogenomics
  • Maureen Keller-Wood, PhD. Professor and Chair of Pharmacodynamics
  • Christiaan Leeuwenburgh, PhD. Associate Professor of Medicine, Aging and Geriatric Research
  • Marian C. Limacher, MD. Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division
  • Laurence Morel, PhD. Director of Experimental Pathology
  • Josef Neu, MD. Professor of Pediatrics; Director of Neonatology Fellowship Training Program
  • Harry Nick, PhD. Professor of Neuroscience, McKnight Brain Institute
  • Paul Oh, PhD. Professor of Physiology and Functional Genomics
  • Carl J. Pepine, MD. Professor of Medicine, Cardiology, Vice-Chair of Research for Cardiology
  • Westley Reeves, MD.  Professor and Chief Division of Rheumatology
  • Peter P. Sayeski. PhD. Professor of Physiology and Functional Genomics
  • Desmond Schatz, MD. Professor and Associate Chairman of Pediatrics, Medical Director of the Diabetes Center and Director of the CRC at UF
  • Edward Scott, PhD. Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Program Director and T32 PI of the UF Program in Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
  • Betsy Shenkman, PhD. Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Health Policy Research, Director, Institute for Child Health Policy College of Medicine
  • Ronald Shorr, MD, MS. Professor, Department of Aging and Geriatric Research
  • Colin Sumners, PhD. Professor of Physiology and Functional Genomics
  • Naohiro Terada, MD. Professor, Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Jill Verlander-Reed, DVM, PhD. Associate Scientist and Director of College of Medicine Core Electron Microscopy
  • David Weiner, MD. Co-holder of the C. Craig and Audrae Tisher Chair in Nephrology, Professor of Medicine and Physiology and Functional Genomics, Division of Nephrology, Chief of Nephrology and Hypertension Section of the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System
  • Charles S. Wingo, MD. Co-holder of the C. Craig and Audrae Tisher Chair in Nephrology, Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology

Grant Administrator

Peg Canaday

Margaret.Canaday@medicine.ufl.edu