The PRIDE (Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research) program is a research career advancing training opportunity funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Seven unique PRIDE Institutes were recently funded across the United States. These mentored research programs address the difficulties experienced by junior investigators in establishing independent research programs and climbing the academic ranks.
The PRIDE-Functional and Translational Genomics of Blood Disorders program at Augusta University (Augusta University-PRIDE) will focus on training young scientists in research related to hemoglobin and red blood cell diseases. Mentees will learn grant writing skills and hand-on bench research skills related to proteomics, molecular and cellular techniques.
The PRIDE program is funded by NHLBI from 2015-2018. Three cohorts of mentees were recruited to each institute. The next Augusta University-PRIDE Summer Institute will be held from July 11-26, 2016.