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May 14, 2014 - COM Training Program Begins Third Cycle of Funding from National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute
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The University of South Alabama College of Medicine’s T32 Training Program in “Cell Signaling and Lung Pathobiology” recently began its third 5-year cycle of funding (2014-2019) from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The program supports predoctoral trainees enrolled in the interdisciplinary Basic Medical Sciences Ph.D. program and medical students engaged in research training at the USA College of Medicine.

“This is a great turning point for our training program, as a successful review after 10 years is critically dependent upon training outcomes,” said Dr. Mary Townsley, professor of physiology at the USA College of Medicine. “We have an excellent training infrastructure and excellent outcomes.”

The current program, according to Dr. Townsley, has two components. One component provides support (stipends, travel and other training related expenses such as health insurance) for six predoctoral students per year in the lung biology track of the Basic Medical Sciences Ph.D. program. The second component provides 8-10-week stipends and training-related expenses for four medical students per year who are engaged in summer research or research honors.

T32 faculty, affiliated with the USA Center for Lung Biology, provide expertise and research training on pulmonary hypertension/smooth muscle, lung endothelial cell inflammation/infection and acute lung injury, mitochondria/oxidant stress, and lung ion channels/transport.

Dr. Troy Stevens, professor of pharmacology at the USA College of Medicine, serves as the co-director of the program’s third cycle.

For more information on the program, contact Dr. Townsley at mtownsley@southalabama.edu.

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