Call for IRTI Applicants

Deadline: February 3, 2017

Click here to apply

The institute is supported by grant R25DA026401 from the NIH National Institute of Drug Abuse.  We gratefully acknowledge the support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Hispanic Science Network, and the University of Southern California.

Welcome to the IRTI

The Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute (IRTI) promotes the career development of pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and early career scientists interested in conducting research on drug abuse among Hispanics. While drug abuse in the United States continues to have a disproportionate impact on ethnic minorities, particularly Hispanics, the number of researchers studying the problem remains relatively small. Moreover, few training and research centers exist that focus on current drug abuse issues among Hispanic populations.

We aim to ensure an infrastructure of constant support for fellows to conduct, present, publish and acquire funding for National Institutes of Health (NIH) research. The institute provides three core activities to research fellows: training, mentoring and networking. Visit the program overview page to learn more.

As the institutional home for the IRTI, USC welcomes you as the next generation of drug researchers and the field looks towards your future leadership and innovation.


Congratulations to Dr. Michaeline Jensen ‘13 on your NICHD funded postdoctoral fellowship in the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Center for Developmental Science! To learn more about Dr. Jensen, click here.

Congratulations to Dr. Argentina Servin ‘13 for her K23 award! To learn more about Dr. Servin, click here.

Dr. Christine “Chrissy” Spadola ‘13 will begin her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School in 2017! Congratulations! To learn more about Dr. Spadola, click here.

Congratulations to Dr. Kathryn M. Nowotny ‘12 on her recent acceptance of her first author publication “The relationship between education and health among incarcerated men and women in the United States“, in BMC Public Health.