ISCTR-American College of Cardiology Foundation Cardiovascular Translational Research Scholarship
sponsored by Dignity Health, St. John's Hospital
The purpose of the program is to recognize and provide financial support for research efforts by outstanding cardiovascular scholars. This scholarship is to encourage junior faculty in the early phases of their careers in the field of cardiology. The program is intended for a physician with a strong interest in developing a career in cardiovascular translational research.
One year of previous interventional cardiology training is required. The duration of the program is one year. The awardee will develop skills and expertise in translating basic biological and device concepts into clinical application.
Goal: The overall goal of the program is to provide the clinical scientist (a physician) with the necessary scientific background that does not exist in today's curriculum. The program will enable the awardee to expedite scientific discovery to clinical application, ultimately benefitting the patient and society by providing science earlier and decreasing the developmental costs related to new devices and/or novel biologic therapies.
The program will cover the topics of:
• Basic science
• Preclinical science
• Clinical science and trial design
• Regulatory pathways (FDA) for IND (investigational new drug application) and IDE (investigational new device exemption)
The emphasis will be on biologics (stem cell therapy and genomics) and cardiovascular device development.
Objectives: The fellow will:
• Develop the skills and knowledge to take a scientific concept to the bedside
• Gain substantial knowledge about the steps in cardiovascular translational research
• Understand product development related to devices or biologics
• Learn about toxicology studies required on small and large animal models that serve for IND or IDE application
• Understand the statistical design and analysis required for toxicology studies, and phase I, II, and III clinical trials
• Learn about the regulatory pathways for and how to prepare an IND (Investigational Drug Application) and an IDE (Investigational Device Exemption)
• Understand fundraising, NIH grant application process, opportunities in the venture capital arena, and developing and maintaining relationships with industry
Eligibility: Applicants eligible for the award are those who:
• Have completed one year of previous interventional cardiology.
• Are members or are eligible to become a member of the ACC and ISCTR
• Will spend the duration of the Scholarship at an institution that has the ability to perform translational research (conducts both preclinical and clinical research) and can administer the curriculum found here:
The Award: The award will offer $60,000 of salary support to begin July 1, 2014 and run through June 30, 2015.
Funding Source: The ACCF is grateful to Dignity Health St. John’s Hospital for their financial support for this award.
Nomination Procedure: Criteria for selection includes qualifications, background, interests, and commitment of the applicant.
How to Apply: The submission site for applications will open this summer. Please stay tuned for more information.
Deadline: September 23, 2013
For more information: Email Julia Berman or call 800-253-4636, ext. 6648.