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Thirty five faculty members have participated in the preparation of a grant application in response to the National Institutes of Health Request for Applications for a program in “TRAINING FOR A NEW INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH WORKFORCE”. The faculty represent seven UCR Divisions and Departments and The Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope. The title of the proposed training program is “NeuroImmunoEndocrine Interactions in Health and Disease. The Principal Investigator is Ameae Walker, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Sciences, UCR. Co-Principal Investigators are John Shively, Ph.D. Chairman, Division of Immunology, Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope and Frances Sladek, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at UCR. Thirty pre and postdoctoral trainees will be supported by this grant during its five year duration.

A better understanding of the interaction of the three body systems that comprise the scientific subject matter of the proposal will lead to improved medical care both in terms of the long-term management of chronic disease and timing and duration of interventional strategies. This program seeks to train a workforce that will be prepared to carry out research into the mechanisms governing the interaction of these systems. The training program consists of a combination of coursework, interdisciplinary team approaches to project development and mentoring.