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Your Environment. Your Health.

BIOSTATISTICS, EPIDEMIOLOGIC, AND BIOINFORMATIC TRAINING IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (BEBTEH)

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Principal Investigator: Sheppard, Elizabeth A Lianne
Institute Receiving Award University Of Washington
Location Seattle, WA
Grant Number T32ES015459
Funding Organization National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Award Funding Period 01 Jul 2009 to 30 Jun 2024
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): 7. Project Summary/Abstract The University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, with the collaboration of faculty from the Departments of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, proposes to train biostatisticians and life scientists to develop and apply quantitative methods to the environmental health sciences in this continuation of BEBTEH: the "Biostatistics, Epidemiologic and Bioinformatic Training in Environmental Health" training grant. Our long-term goal is to develop pre- and postdoctoral trainees into successful independent scientists who will advance environmental health science and improve health for future generations. BEBTEH has two pathways: one population-based and one laboratory-based. The population-based pathway emphasizes statistical methods in environmental epidemiology to elucidate the etiologies of environmentally-related diseases. The laboratory-based pathway focuses on the interpretation of modern genomic, microbiome, and other biologic data and how they may be exploited to unravel the biological bases of diseases. Both pathways foster a multidisciplinary, collaborative, and interdisciplinary training environment that (1) includes quantitative and applied training objectives, (2) assigns a quantitative and a scientific mentor to each trainee, (3) involves each trainee in a project that leads to expertise in multiple disciplines necessary to advance environmental health science research, (4) recruits trainees with differing backgrounds to enhance cross-training, and (5) targets training activities to enhance training goals. We propose to continue and improve upon BEBTEH’s training of 8 pre-doctoral and 4 post-doctoral trainees, funded since 2009, by fine-tuning its alignment with the 2018 NIEHS Strategic Plan. BEBTEH is directed by Dr. Elizabeth A. (Lianne) Sheppard and is overseen by an Advisory Committee of four additional program mentors representing all aspects of the program. BEBTEH has close ties with multiple NIEHS- and sister agency-funded research centers and projects, thus providing trainees with access to a first class research environment. As is apparent in its first nine years of funding, BEBTEH’s training track record is strong with many trainees in faculty positions and continuing to conduct environmental health sciences research. The program contributes to NIEHS’s vision through its focus on quantitative training for the next generation of environmental health science leaders.
Science Code(s)/Area of Science(s) Primary: 87 - Institutional Training/Institutional Career Development Grants
Secondary: 01 - Basic Cellular or Molecular processes
Publications See publications associated with this Grant.
Program Officer Carol Shreffler
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