BOX 4-2Interdisciplinary Research Training Program on Aging, University of Iowa

An NRSA from the National Institute on Aging was awarded to the University of Iowa in 1991 to establish this training program that currently supports eight predoctoral and eight postdoctoral trainees each year. The program centers on four cores: cardiovascular and pulmonary disease in aging, mechanisms and consequences of aging, degenerative neurological disease and stroke, and social and psychological aspects of aging. The program builds on related programs in research, clinical service, and education.

Trainees work closely with sponsors to develop their research and plan other activities to enhance the interdisciplinary experience. Collaboration and multiple sponsorship are common mechanisms that promote interaction and broaden perspectives. The program requires the trainees to participate in monthly seminars on aging and an additional seminar series, journal club, or colloquium. They are also encouraged to attend national conferences related to their research interests. Because the Center for Aging does not grant degrees, students receive their degrees from the participating departments and colleges.

From: 4, Interdisciplinary Training Programs

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Bridging Disciplines in the Brain, Behavioral, and Clinical Sciences.
Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Building Bridges in the Brain, Behavioral, and Clinical Sciences; Pellmar TC, Eisenberg L, editors.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2000.
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