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Center for AIDS Research

Houston, Texas

BCM has 25 departments and more than 90 research and patient-care centers.
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
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Mentoring Program - Training

The training component of the mentoring program provides access to grant-related training opportunities. Training in grant writing may take several forms, depending on the needs and experience of the investigator. These approaches are targeted to young investigators, but could also be useful for experienced investigators who are new to the AIDS field.
  • · BCM Grants and Contracts Course- This course is given by the Molecular and Cellular Biology Department at Baylor. This is an 8-week course held in January/February of each year. One lecture deals with grant writing and others deal with mechanics of grant submission. Contact: Martin Weick, Departmental Administrator.
  • · Scientific Writing Course. Offered through the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor—This 4-week course is taught in the late spring or early summer, or upon request for specific groups. The course provides a comprehensive overview of scientific writing principles including selecting a journal, organization and content of scientific manuscripts, tips on clarity, brevity, grammar, responding to reviews, and a brief discussion of how these principles apply to grant writing. Contact: Susan Marriott, Ph.D.
  • · Lectures on Study Design and Statistics—A strong interest in these lectures was revealed in the 2004 CFAR member survey. These lectures will be offered by the CFAR Design & Analysis Core Director, Dr. Kozinetz. Contact is Claudia Kozinetz, Ph.D., The lectures will be advertised by email to CFAR members, and the lecture schedule will be posted on the CFAR website.
  • · Fundamentals of Clinical Investigation—The Fundamentals of Clinical Investigation course is held every July for 16 evenings, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The objective of the course is to train physicians and other health care workers to interpret the clinical experimental literature. You do not have to be a student in the Clinical Scientist Training Program to take this course. It is accredited by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences for 3 credit hours. There will be an exam at the end of the course, and it will be graded. There is no charge for this course. Contact for more information.
  • · Baylor Grant Writing Course—This 8-week course is taught at Baylor in the Department of Immunology, in March/April of each year. The course offers a comprehensive overview of grant writing and includes writing criticism. Typical sessions offered include: (1) The Title and Project, (2) More on Ideas: Specific Aims, (3) Methods and Logic of Procedure, (4) Scope and Feasibility Assessment, (5) Significance and the Ethics of Doing Science, (6) Summary, (7) Background and Preliminary Data, (8) Bibliography, Effective Tables and Graphics, Finishing Touches. The contact for this course is John Rodgers, Ph.D. (

The above list will be updated on the CFAR web site in July and December each year, preceding the start of the Fall and Winter semesters. Contact Betty L. Slagle, Ph.D., assistant director of the CFAR, if you wish to add information to this page.


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