Training Program Overview

The UW Cardiovascular Research Center Training Program in Translational Cardiovascular Science (TPTCS) mission is to attract individuals to careers that include cardiovascular research and to train them in research that is motivated and informed by clinical practice. In order to achieve this, the program offers predoctoral and postdoctoral (both MD and PhD) trainees an opportunity to focus research training on translational cardiovascular science, and share in a variety of activities with colleagues which foster an awareness of cardiovascular research training opportunities and challenges.

The TPTCS is an advanced, two-year training program that draws from a vast cross-campus pool of potential trainees in 13 graduate programs and 13 departments. Training faculty bring diverse and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of cardiovascular disease.

With a focus on translational research and medicine, we emphasize the development and application of research from the level of the cell and molecule, through intact tissue models and animal models, to the patient. We adhere to the principle that understanding mechanisms of disease at the molecular and cellular levels leads to improved therapy for patients. Bringing cutting-edge disciplinary and technical advances implemented in the laboratories across the UW-Madison campus, we seek to train the next generation to fight cardiovascular disease – the major cause of death in the United States.

The TPTCS program offers basic research training for clinically oriented individuals while at the same time providing PhD trainees with the background and experiences to undertake clinically motivated research.