Our goals are to enhance the fellow’s knowledge and skills related to conducting interdisciplinary research on drug abuse, establish independent programs of drug abuse research, increase the amount and quality of research on minority health and health disparities, and improve the health of minorities in part by decreasing minority health disparities.
We aim to expand the scope of the IRTI program to include international, clinically focused fellows from Mexico that will serve to strengthen their capacity to conduct independent drug research and provide opportunities for U.S. and Mexico fellows to share knowledge that may develop into research activities aimed at enhancing bi-national public health efforts to address drug abuse and addiction. Over the course of a two-year fellowship, we aim to provide a formal mentoring structure for educational training, mentoring by senior faculty members, and networking opportunities with leading experts in the field of Hispanic drug research that will increase the capacity of participants to conduct research leading to extramural funding.
Fellows along with their mentors are expected to achieve agreed upon benchmarks, including academic career progress, peer reviewed publications, and scientific presentations at national meetings. At the end of the two-year fellowship period, fellows are expected to have conceptualized and submitted an NIH application.