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The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Epidemiology aims to encourage and support broad, early stage (pre-dissertation) training in reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric epidemiology; and to produce a well-qualified cadre of academic and research investigators who are capable of research excellence. It is expected that such investigators will investigate the most pressing reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric outcomes, including those for which racial/ethnic disparities are observed, utilizing state-of-the-art and evolving study designs and methods (e.g., matched exposure cohort or case only designs) where optimal; identify existing and new at-risk subgroups of the population; identify emerging threats to human reproduction and development; and design public health or clinical primary and secondary interventions to enhance health.

Trainees are expected to be participants in a formal predoctoral curriculum offering broad and fundamental training in epidemiology, as well as opportunities to acquire substantive knowledge of reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric health issues. The anticipated curriculum should cover epidemiologic skills and principles, and apply epidemiologic methods to research regarding reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric health, with the goals of producing competent and productive practitioners in these disciplines and sustainable training programs of excellence.

Specific skills and research areas to be developed include, but are not limited to, fertility, measurement of peri-conceptual and pre-natal exposures (including occupational and pharmacologic), determinants of pregnancy outcomes, neonatal treatment issues regarding conduct of clinical trials in pregnant women and children, as well as concentrations on specific health care questions such as pediatric asthma, pediatric obesity, injury prevention, and management of pediatric psychiatric conditions.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 pm Friday, August 3, 2007. Letters of intent should include a 3-page summary of the proposed program, including 1) the anticipated program director, 2) plans for recruiting and retaining trainees and the groups to be recruited, 3) plans for the training curriculum, and 4) plans for evaluating the program and tracking the trainees.


The T32 award mechanism is used and award amounts will vary

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, August 3, 2007

Sponsor Deadline:

May 10, 2008

URL for more information:

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in life and health science disciplines. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at

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