Rheumatic Diseases Research Investigator Training Program

Principal Investigator: 
Robert Terkeltaub MD
Professor of Medicine

2017 Annual UCSD Rheumatic Diseases Research T32 Symposium

Rheumatic Diseases Research T32 Mentors

The mission of the UCSD Rheumatic Diseases Research Investigator Training Program is to produce trainees who will perform cutting edge clinical, basic, and translational research in this disease area, with emphases on clinical and genetic epidemiology, bioinformatics, computational biology, inflammation, immunology, biomarker, or epigenetics or translational genetics studies highly pertinent to pathogenesis of one or more of the rheumatic diseases. The long-term goal of this training is to produce new independent investigators in rheumatic diseases research. 

Trainees can be PhD, MD, or MD/PhDs, and participate in a training experience as a postdoctoral fellow, or during rheumatology fellowship with extensive research training. There are 4 positions available. This is a UCSD paid position with UCSD benefits. Research mentors are permanent UCSD-based faculty, and in some cases faculty based outside UCSD but with UCSD faculty appointment, and close affiliation with the UCSD Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology. 

Post-doctoral trainees:
Two available tracks:
1. PhD Postdoctoral Research
2. Physician Clinical-Translational or Basic-Translational Research (for those with MD, or MD/PhD credentials, and aligned in the UCSD medical training program in the specialty of Rheumatology).  

Requirements for Trainees 

PhD Post-doctoral fellows will be funded for one year with an opportunity for renewal for one to two additional years. Emphasis will be on selecting fellows from well-funded and interactive labs or clinical research groups with established interest in rheumatic diseases research. All fellows must meet NIH criteria for “T32 training grant eligibility”. 

UCSD Physician Scientist Training Program physician trainees, and Rheumatology Fellows (as early as in Year 2 of accredited training), are eligible for T32 training and will be funded for a period of 2-3 years. Only Rheumatology physician trainees who are committed to spending a minimum of two years involved in clinical-translational or basic-translational laboratory research will be considered for support on the training grant. Following graduation from the ACGME-accredited 2 year Rheumatology program the trainee would be eligible to be supported for up to 2-3 years of T32-sponsored research training. This support will enable transition into other training opportunities including ACR-REF, Arthritis Foundation, and NIH K-series grants. 

The clinical-translational research trainees will be entered into mandatory advanced degree program training, either the UCSD Masters of Public Health program (in the Department of Epidemiology) or the UCSD Masters of Advanced Studies program (36 credit course run through the UCSD program).

Application Process: 

Applications should consist of CV, a 1-2 page written research proposal, mentor CV and mentor letter of support. Applications should be sent by email as a single PDF file to Marcia da Silva (raidivision@ucsd.edu)