(June 15, 2012) – Martina R. Gallagher, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor in the Department of Nursing Systems, will participate in the PRIDE NIH Behavioral Medicine and Sleep Disorders Research Summer Institute, July 29-Aug. 11. The mission of PRIDE (“Program to Increase Diversity in Behavioral Medicine and Sleep Disorders Research”) is to encourage scientists and research-oriented faculty members from diverse backgrounds to further develop their research skills and gain experience in advanced methods and experimental approaches relevant to heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders.

This all-expenses-paid, two-week program at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, brings together participants from throughout the country for an intensive session during two consecutive summers. A short, mid-year visit follows between the two summers. The program provides mentor-mentee partnerships, with matching based on common research interests. The faculty and mentors are experienced in research and grant-writing and offer long-term collaborations to trainees.

“Training includes didactic curricula with various levels of hands-on training,” Gallagher said. “Special emphasis was placed on grantsmanship skills and one-on-one mentoring to develop research projects and improve long-term fundability.”