The Infectious Diseases (ID) Training Program is currently in its 4th decade of consecutive NIH funding. This program brings together an internationally recognized clinical program in infectious diseases and international health and superb basic molecular and cellular biologists. The core philosophy of the program is that interactions between basic scientists and clinicians in training and research will spark innovative approaches to diagnose, treat and prevent infections
A basic philosophy of the program is that through interactions of basic scientists and clinicians in research and training, will come the breakthrough science that leads to new interventions to diagnose, treat and prevent infections.
The University of Virginia Global Biothreats Training (GBT) Program is based on the belief that a multidisciplinary approach is required to train investigators to understand, and ultimately to treat and prevent infections with global threat agents. This training program provides specialized and focused coursework and opportunities to converse and collaborate with experts in policy, social science, engineering, law, and national security through UVA’s Global Infectious Disease Institute. Special activities of this Program include graduate courses in Global Biothreats policy and emergency response, microbial pathogenesis, and interdisciplinary activities with the Global Infectious Diseases Institute. State-of-the-art BSL3 and ABSL3 facilities are available to carry out biosafety level three work.
Both programs feature side-by-side education of predoctoral students, M.D.s, and Ph.D. postdoctoral fellows. Training is enriched by research-in-progress sessions, seminar series, and journal clubs that integrate both clinical and basic research aspects of infectious diseases.