NIH awards $1.6 million grant to cardiovascular training program in Milwaukee

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The National Institutes of Health’s Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has awarded $1.6 million to the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Cardiovascular Center in Milwaukee.

The grant, which is slated to be dispersed over five years, will support a new institutional T32 postdoctoral training program for trainees with an MD, PhD, PharmD or DO degree, according to a statement from the college. Training will last three years and is designed to help students create sustainable research careers.

The NIH hopes the program will foster the next generation of cardiovascular scientists and help introduce more minorities to the field, who have historically been underrepresented in it. The program will include 41 basic scientists and translational investigators who will mentor trainees in specialties like atherosclerosis, thrombosis and vascular biology.

The Medical College of Wisconsin, which is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and the second largest in the state, teaches more than 1,200 students on several campuses.

In 2015, college faculty received more than $158 million in support for research, teaching and training.