This award is a competitive renewal of a grant that was originally issued in 2006 to Dr. Pace while she was at the University of Texas at Dallas. The NHLBI-funded program was known at that time as SIPID (Summer Institute Program to Increase Diversity in Health Related Research). In 2010, Dr. Pace was recruited as a faculty member to Georgia Regents University, and with her came the program, which was renamed PRIDE, for Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research. Under Dr. Pace’s direction of both programs, 48 junior faculty (mainly assistant professors) from institutions across the United States have been trained. “The PRIDE program leadership is dedicated to the academic success and diversity of early-stage investigators conducting basic/translational blood disorders research,” said Dr. Pace.
Betty Pace, MD, received a 4-year, $1.3 million R25 grant from NIH/NHLBI for “PRIDE: Functional and Translational Genomics of Blood Disorders
The Georgia Regents University (GRU) PRIDE program will strategically complement the efforts of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to promote diversity in the US biomedical workforce. One of the most important challenges faced in healthcare today is a lack of diversity in biomedical research. Mentoring and training are essential for the retention and recruitment of underrepresented faculty in academic medical institutions. The PRIDE Summer Institute at GRU will address these challenges by offering a mentored research development experience in functional and translational genomics for junior scientists interested in human blood diseases. They will learn grant writing skills and hands-on bench research skills related to proteomics, molecular and cellular techniques, as well as how to design competitive research projects to help them achieve their fullest career potential, including successful attainment of extramural grant funding.