Grant # T32 NR013454 Title: TRAINING IN INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH TO PREVENT INFECTIONS (TIRI) Director: Elaine Larson, RN, PhD, Professor of Therapeutic and Pharmaceutical Research, Columbia University School of Nursing Co-Director: Lisa Saiman, MD, MPH Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Funder: National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health Dates: 7/01/12 - 6/30/17 Funding: $1,093,300
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The TIRI program is designed to train biomedical researchers from a variety of fields to conduct interdisciplinary research with a focus on infection prevention in clinical, institutional and community settings. Pre-doctoral trainees are students enrolled in research doctoral degree programs at Columbia University who have completed at least one year of coursework and wish to pursue a dissertation related to infection prevention. These trainees work with their faculty mentors to carry out their dissertation research in their primary discipline, and also work with a faculty preceptor in another field on an interdisciplinary field experience. Post-doctoral trainees are recent doctoral graduates (e.g., MD, PhD, DrPH, PharmD, etc.) with an interest in infection prevention research. These trainees work with a faculty mentor on one or more research projects in their primary area of expertise, as well as participate in an interdisciplinary field practicum. All trainees participate in a didactic interdisciplinary course, "Building Interdisciplinary Research Models," and choose from a variety of infectious disease courses according to their interests and prior training. TIRI supports two pre- and two post-doctoral trainees each year. Traineeships are awarded in one-year increments, although most trainees renew for a second year. Trainees are awarded an annual stipend, tuition assistance, health insurance, and funds for research-related travel and expenses.