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.
Mentors and Program Faculty
Training in interdisciplinary research skills to foster successful careers in obesity health disparities research.
Mentoring by faculty with extensive experience in obesity and obesity health disparities research.
Support for research project development, including critical reviews, mock study sections, and pilot data acquisition.
Networking to build relationships with a diverse group of researchers and NIH program officials, highlighted by an annual conference.
Ongoing support through the OHD PRIDE Alumni Network, offering additional research support, online training, and career monitoring.
- 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.
Each year OHD PRIDE seeks to accept eight (8) research-oriented individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.
- Full-Time Faculty Appointment
- An early stage investigator
- Demonstrated primary commitment/interest
- Citizen of the United States OR a permanent resident
The application process for the OHD PRIDE program will be managed through the Coordination Core of the NHLBI-sponsored PRIDE programs.