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Renal Disease Epidemiology

Director: Lawrence Appel, MD, MPH

Renal Disease Epidemiology Training Program

This comprehensive program recruits dedicated, promising investigators and provides them formal and informal training in multidisciplinary research to develop into independent investigators with expertise in renal disease research. The Renal Disease Epidemiology Training Program is funded by a National Research Training Award (T32) from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

The Program is directed by Lawrence Appel, MD, MPH. Michelle M. Estrella, MD, MHS and Alicia Neu, MD, serve as Assistant Directors of the Program. While the Program is headquartered at the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, the Program involves faculty members and fellows from the Department of Medicine (Divisions of Nephrology and General Internal Medicine) at the School of Medicine and from the Department of Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Specific Objectives:

  • To obtain in-depth knowledge and skills in one or more of the following, related to renal diseases: epidemiological research, biostatistic methodologies, health information systems, health services research, health disparities research, disease prevention and health promotion
  • To understand key principles in the responsible conduct of research and to conduct research with the highest standards of ethics
  • To apply knowledge in research methodologies in the critical appraisal of published and proposed scientific literature
  • To be able to generate relevant research questions independently and to design and perform a study to address those research questions
  • To establish a focus for future research and scholarship in renal diseases
  •  To develop skills in:
    • writing grants for funding from NIH and other funding agencies
    • submitting research results for presentation at scientific meetings 
    • preparing manuscripts for publication
    • reviewing papers for peer-reviewed journals

To achieve these objectives, fellows supported by the Renal Disease Epidemiology Training Grant will be expected to complete formal coursework and actively participate in several informal training activities. Detailed information regarding these requirements is found on the following pages: