The HCOA has established a successful training program to pursue rational approaches for preventing or slowing aging and age-related diseases to acquire a deeper understanding of the basic mechanisms of aging and the etiology and pathophysiology of age-related diseases. The quality of applicants is outstanding and the program has consistently attracted bright pre- and post-doctoral trainees to the field of aging. The program exposes trainees to the unique biomedical problems facing the elderly, providing experiences that will inform and guide their research in aging throughout their careers. The success of the Biology and Pathophysiology of Aging training program has also increased the visibility and importance of aging research at Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Medical Center. 

We are fortunate to have high quality trainee applicants thanks to Baylor College of Medicine’s strong reputation in the Biology and Pathophysiology of Aging research and their highly selective admissions standards. Applications for predoctoral trainees include the student’s (a) curriculum vitae, (b) BCM course transcript, (c) a one page description of the applicant’s proposed research project, and (d) the faculty mentor’s NIH biosketch and other support pages. A recommendation letter from the faculty mentor explaining how the Training Grant will benefit the student’s interest in aging is also recommended. Predoctoral trainees on the Training Grant can be roughly subdivided into two groups: (1) students with an early interest in aging who have applied directly to or declare as Aging Track students of the Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences graduate program, and (2) students in other departments or programs who have chosen to conduct thesis work in the biology of aging or aging-related research. Applications for postdoctoral trainees include the same materials as for predoctoral, absent the transcript: (a) curriculum vitae, (b) a one-page description of their proposed research project, and (c) the faculty mentor’s NIH biosketch and other support, and (d, optional) a letter of recommendation from the faculty mentor. 

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