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There has been a long history of cardiovascular research at UMMC. Much of this research has been conducted in the Department of Physiology where efforts are directed toward developing a quantitative and integrated analysis of the cardiovascular and renal systems. In addition, both basic and clinical research on hypertension and cardiorenal diseases have expanded in various UMMC departments and programs, such as pharmacology, biochemistry, neurosciences, medicine, endocrinology, and obstetrics and gynecology.

UMMC has a diversity of basic, clinical, and population research programs in cardiovascular diseases. It  serves as the examination center for the Jackson Heart Study that has a major focus on cardiovascular disease in African-Americans. The institution has also been a participant is several major clinical trials, such as ALLHAT. 

The main objective of our multidisciplinary hypertension and cardiorenal diseases research (HCDR) training program is to recruit, train and mentor pre-doctoral and postdoctoral students in hypertension and cardiovascular and renal research to become the next generation of researchers in this field. To achieve this goal, the Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center provides a stimulating and productive mentoring environment for pre-doctoral and postdoctoral students. The HCDR training program not only capitalizes on the expertise of a strong group of basic science and clinical investigators in the field of cardiovascular and renal research at UMMC, but also the resources provided by these established laboratories and the CRRC core facilities.

Specific aims of the training program include:

  • To train pre-doctoral students (3) in a multidisciplinary approach in course work and research opportunities in hypertension and cardiovascular-renal disease research.
  • To provide postdoctoral students (6) multidisciplinary training and mentoring in hypertension and cardiovascular-renal disease research 
  • To recruit and train minority pre-doctoral and postdoctoral students in hypertension and cardiovascular renal diseases research.
We seek applicants each spring to fill our trainee positions. For information, send curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, and the names of three references to Dr. David Stec, PhD, at