“Study after study underscore the key role mentoring plays in career development. Mentors serve as sources of advice, information, encouragement, and support to junior colleagues. Mentors can be the first link to building a network with other scientists; they can provide constructive criticism and be an advocate for the junior colleague in professional activities. The mentor's role is often described as that of a trusted counselor. Science works in large part because it is a communal activity: No one does research in a vacuum.” - NIH Fellows Mentoring Handbook
The goal of the Cardiovascular Center is to improve the understanding and management of cardiovascular diseases through an integrated multidisciplinary approach. To this end, cooperative agreements exist between several departments in order to facilitate and encourage the exchange of ideas and resources and to stimulate new areas of research that will benefit our understanding of heart disease and lead to better methods prevention and treatment.