WSSU and WFU receive $2.3 Million for New Postdoctoral Training Program

September 17, 2013

The Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM) have announced that a partnership with Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has been awarded a $2.3 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to develop highly skilled biomedical scientists to teach the next generation of clinical researchers and allied health professionals.

"The Postdoctoral Research, Instruction and Mentoring Experience (PRIME) program also strives to promote research competencies of under-represented minority undergraduate and graduate scholars in the health professions," said Dr. Azeez Aileru, the director of WSSU's Biomedical Research Infrastructure Center and an advisory board member for the program.  "WSSU has a longstanding commitment to biomedical and allied health training programs and we will co-train the PRIME scholars with WFSM by integrating traditional mentored postdoctoral research and regular in-depth professional development programming at WFSM with a broad variety of teaching assignments in pre-professional, allied health and biomedical and behavioral science courses at WSSU."

PRIME will aid in recruitment, retention and development of more underrepresented minority clinical scientists by immersing PRIME scholars, their WFU mentors and undergraduates in the MARC U*STAR and MBRS RISE programs at WSSU to create a collaborative learning environment. Additionally, PRIME will strengthen existing collaborations in research and teaching between WFSM and WSSU.

"I believe this project to train postdoctoral scholars in both teaching and research represents an excellent collaboration between our two academic institutions." said Dr. Allyn Howlett, the Principal Investigator for the program and a professor at WFSM.

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