Investigator Skills Development Core

Investigator Skills Development Workshop

The educational arm of each center is its Investigator Development Core (IDC). These programs provide training and mentoring for early-stage investigators to develop innovative research aimed at reducing disparities in multiple chronic diseases and conditions. The training will provide investigators with the opportunity to conduct pilot projects that increase health equity and prevention, treatment and management of chronic diseases.

This mentored training and support will allow the IDC scholars to compete more effectively for external funding, enhance their effective participation in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams, contribute to the reduction in chronic disease health disparities through clinical and community-based research, and disseminate findings to the scientific community as well as to the communities we serve.

The Research Coordinating Center's Investigator Skills Development Unit coordinates a national working group, webinars, mentorship support, and communications channels to offer participants access to a broad range of senior researchers, educators, and mentors.

"The racial and ethnicity funding gap for R01-equivalent awards remains representing both a challenge and an opportunity for driving targeted solutions."

Mandana Khalili, MD
Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Chief of Clinical Hepatology, San Francisco General Hospital
Director, Clinical and Translational Research in Hepatology, San Francisco General Hospital
Co-Director, UCSF Mentor Training Program
Co-Director, UCSF T32 Hepatology Training Program
Editorial board member, Hepatology Journal


These webinars offer diverse skill development opportunities on key topics for early stage disparity researchers. View ISDU webinar page.

PowerPoint slide of an ISDU Meeting

The monthly ISD-WG meetings include member representatives from each of the 11 Regional Center Investigator Development Cores. These peer-to-peer working group meetings support Center investigator development cores in their regional efforts, and foster cross-Center collaboration. 

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In order to provide better access to mentors, the Investigator Skills Development Unit will facilitate linkage to NIH’s National Research Mentoring Network and mentors across the Health Equity Action Network Centers.


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