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REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS)

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Mentor: Dr. Emily Levitan, Department of Epidemiology

The REGARDS-MI study is recruiting postdoctoral fellows to conduct population research on incidence of and recovery from cardiovascular disease events, with a focus on cardiovascular health equity. Positions are available at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY, and University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. Postdoctoral fellows will be integrated into an interdisciplinary research team with expertise in cardiovascular disease, aging, medical sociology, and epidemiology. Postdoctoral fellows will have access to a large pool of experienced mentors and have support for data analysis and publications and for career development activities.

REGARDS-MI is an NIH-funded, heart disease-focused ancillary study to the REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study. REGARDS recruited 30,239 Black and White participants in 2003-2007 and follow-up is ongoing. The rich data available among these study participants includes demographics, individual and area-level social determinants of health, environmental exposures, medical history, genetics, adjudicated cardiovascular events, longitudinal cognitive testing, Medicare claims, and more.

The successful candidates will have a clinical or research doctoral degree and an interest in obtaining additional experience in cardiovascular health equity research. Weill Cornell Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham are affirmative action/equal opportunity employers. Persons of color, women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral fellows will receive salary and benefits per institutional policies.

For more information, contact REGARDS-MI principle investigators Monika M. Safford, MD, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Emily B. Levitan, ScD (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

About our Postdoc Office

UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The Office of Postdoctoral Education strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.

About the University

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB was ranked #1 in the United States, and in the top 10 worldwide, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018 Young University Rankings.

Spanning more than 100 city blocks, UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest single employer with over 26,000 employees and has an annual state-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks 14 UAB graduate programs among the nation’s top 25 and 10 UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the magazine’s 2018-2019 Best Hospitals report. UAB research grants and awards are at a record high, exceeding $527 million in FY18, including $320 million in NIH funding for FY18. UAB ranks 31st among all universities in federal research funding and 15th among public universities. UAB's NIH funding continues to grow among peer institutions in the Southeast and beyond, with the university ranking 20th among all universities in NIH funding and eighth among public universities. The UAB Heersink School of Medicine is ranked 21st among medical schools in NIH funding and eighth among public medical schools.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity, and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

For more information on Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at UAB, visit the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion opens a new website, call (205) 934-8762, or contact the office at 701 20th Street South, AB 336, Birmingham, AL 35294-0103.

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