Objective
Benefits
Program Timeline
Curriculum



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Objective

SCD and thalassemia constitute the most common monogenic disorder in man. Estimates are that 300,000 to 400,00 babies are born with a serious hemoglobin disorder each year. Over 90% of these births occur in low or middle-income countries primarily in Africa, where the hemoglobin disease burden is compounded further by malaria. It is estimated that in 2012 there were 207 million cases of malaria and 627,000 deaths, mostly children, in Africa. Estimates of the trend in human population growth indicate the disease burden due to these two hemolytic conditions and other hematological diseases will continue to grow. Unfortunately, according to the NIH, the number of research applications to find new solutions to these blood related diseases is shrinking. Thus, the focus of our program is to catalyze the training of graduates, post-docs, and junior faculty investigators in Hemolysis-Related Vascular Biology and SCD, to ultimately increase the number of researchers in hematology.



Benefits

Trainees from out-of-town will receive monetary compensation for temporary housing in Pittsburgh, and for the cost of travel to and from their home institution. All trainees may attend one scientific meeting* during the tenure of the program at the expense of the program. *NOTE: The scientific meeting must be hematology-related (e.g. the ASH Annual Meeting), and be approved by the Program Director.



Program Timeline

It is expected that most participants will remain in the program for the duration of six months in order to fully take advantage of the training opportunity; however, a shorter time frame may be considered.

The Program is designed to facilitate an orderly progression of training from Milestones 1-4



Curriculum

Trainees will participate in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine's Online Hematology Course

 

Textbooks

Clinical Laboratory Hematology (ISBN: 9780135137321)

Mouse Hematology: a Laboratory Manual (ISBN: 9780879698867)

On Being a Scientist: Third Edition (ISBN: 9780309119702)


Additional Educational Opportunities