The Advisory Committee will convene twice a year (May and November) in years 2 through 5 and review evaluations of the curriculum, the scholar’s career development plans, research projects, performance of current scholars, recruitment of women and underrepresented minorities, and mentorship provided by the faculty. Quantitative metrics for each of these programmatic characteristics will be developed by the Executive Committee and reviewed and approved by the Advisory Committee in the first year of this Award.
The internal members of this Committee along with the PD/PIs will insure access to and coordination of the faculty, resources, and facilities of the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Genetics, the CRTC, the omics and pulmonary centers, and the Division of Statistical Genomics for the scholars of this program. The Advisory Committee will also insure representation of interests in human genetics, pulmonary biology, and omics methods relevant to the Program’s career development and research focus. The internal members of the Advisory Committee are Alan Schwartz, MD, PhD, the Harriet B. Spoehrer Professor of Pediatrics, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, and Physician-in-Chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital will chair the Advisory Committee, Bradley Evanoff, MD, PhD, the Richard A. and Elizabeth Henby Sutter Chair in Occupational, Industrial, and Environmental Medicine, Victoria Fraser, MD, MPH, the Adolphus Busch Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, Elaine Mardis, PhD, Professor of Genetics and Molecular Microbiology and Co-Director of The Genome Institute, Jeffrey Milbrant, MD, PhD, the James S. McDonnell Professor of Genetics and Chairman of the Department of Genetics, Michael Province, PhD, Professor of Genetics and the Director of the Division of Statistical Genomics, Alan Schwartz, MD, PhD, John Turk, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Director and Co-Principal Investigator of the NIH National Centers for Research Resources Mass Spectrometry Resource, and Drs. Cole, Cohen and Holtzman.
Three external members of the Advisory Committee will bring expertise in (1) discovering and modeling the associations between genetic variants in candidate genes and gene pathways that underlie complex disease phenotypes in humans, (2) evaluating complex pulmonary pathways with systems biology strategies, and (3) using proteomic strategies (stable isotope and mass spectrometry based approaches) to understand disease mechanisms on the molecular, cellular, and whole organism level.
One of the external Advisory Committee members will site visit this program annually at the time of the May Advisory Committee meeting to provide external evaluation of scholar progress, effectiveness of training curriculum, administrative coordination of the program, and performance of mentors and Scholarship Oversight Committees.