AZiCATS will expand the clinical and translational research pipeline via the BLAISER program: Border Latino and American Indian Summer Exposure to Research. A border region consortium (AZ-NM-TX) of undergraduate institutions (UA, NAU, ASU, NMSU, UTEP) and medical, nursing and pharmacy school partners (UA COM-T, UA COM-P, TTSOM-EP, UTHSCSA, UTRGV-SOM, UTEP’s CON & COP) will work together to recruit American Indian and Latino students.

BLAISER will provide a highly mentored summer research experience in Tucson with emphasis on exposure to border health disparities research with longitudinal student follow-up and long distance mentorship facilitated through distance technology and robust commercial grade video conferencing and social networking services of the Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP). This allows students to be close to home (an important cultural element in American Indian and Latino communities) while interacting with mentors and fellow students. We will maintain a customized Twitter stream and sponsor AZiCATS LinkedIn and Google+ web accounts.

BLAISER students will present at the annual Arizona Rural Health Conference (in August) where border health is uniformly on the agenda. We anticipate funding 25-30 undergraduate and health professional students per year with expansion to 50 students/year. We offer an opportunity to extend the summer CTR experience to a mentored year of border health disparity-related research. Five Latino or American Indian “AZICATS Scholars” will be selected yearly to develop close-knit mentoring relationships with successful role models who will inspire them to pursue doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences. BLAISER efforts dovetail well with our MD/PhD program and ongoing programs at AZiCATS For more information:

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Please visit the BLAISER website.