OHD PRIDE - University of Houston
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The University of Houston Obesity Health Disparities (OHD) Program is designed to train, mentor, and sustain early career investigators including those from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to become highly talented, independent investigators in obesity and obesity health disparities research.

Principal Investigators

Bettina M. Beech, Dr.PH., M.P.H., FAHA
Marino A. Bruce, PhD, MSRC, MDiv
Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., PhD

 Mentors and Program Faculty

Elizabeth Heitman
Elizabeth Heitman
Professor, Program in Ethics in Science and Medicine University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Harlan P. Jones
Harlan P. Jones
Associate Professor School of Biomedical Sciences Director, Institute for Health Disparities UNT Health Science Center Fort Worth, Texas
Isabel C. Scarinci
Isabel C. Scarinci
Vice-Chair for Global and Rural Women's Health University of Alabama at Birmingham
Rosenda Murillo
Rosenda Murillo
Associate Professor College of Education | Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences University of Houston
Keith C. Norris
Keith C. Norris
Executive Vice Chair for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine University of California at Los Angeles

Fellows Opportunities

Program Components

  • Summer Institute I: Participate in a 10-day Summer Institute in Year 1 delivered in a phased, hybrid format, and a 5-day Summer Institute in Year 2.
  • Mid-year Meeting: A two-day, in-person meeting in which fellows receive critical feedback on analysis, manuscript drafts, and conference abstracts to be presented at the PRIDE Annual Meeting.
  • PRIDE Annual Meeting: A three-day, scientific conference in Bethesda Maryland where fellows will present results from their small research projects, meet NHLBI program officers, and network with fellows from other PRIDE sites.
  • Summer Institute II: A five-day, interactive program in Houston, Texas where fellows will participate in intensive writing accountability groups, receive critical reviews of manuscripts, and finalize plans for future federal grant applications.
  • OHD PRIDE Alumni Network: Professional development seminars focusing on topics including participating in mock study sections, developments in obesity research, grants management, and promotion and tenure.

Participant Details

Each year OHD PRIDE seeks to accept eight (8) research-oriented individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Education/Degree
  • Full-Time Faculty Appointment
  • An early stage investigator
  • Demonstrated primary commitment/interest
  • Citizen of the United States OR a permanent resident

Application Process

The application process for the OHD PRIDE program will be managed through the Coordination Core of the NHLBI-sponsored PRIDE programs.



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