Thursday, August 15, 2013 (Bronx, NY) - Hostos Community College is pleased to announce that Assistant Psychology Professor Azizi Seixas was recently selected for the 2013-2015 Program to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) Award, sponsored by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHBLI) of the NIH.

The award includes clinical and didactic training that will help Professor Seixas further develop his epidemiological research on the pathogenesis and maintenance of chronic disease, including cardiovascular disease, mental illness, substance abuse, and delinquency.

Professor Seixas, who teaches in the Hostos Behavioral and Social Science Department, is working to unify these lines of research under the over-arching theme of health disparities. He is specifically investigating how the trajectories of these health outcomes might shed light on the high rates of disease among disadvantaged and disenfranchised groups, and individuals with low social economic status.

Professor Seixas began his training at New York University’s Langone School of Medicine on July 28.

Since 2011, the Summer Institute Program to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) has selected cohorts of 8 to12 individuals for each site. Sites across the country are located at Columbia University, Washington University in St. Louis, Georgia Regents University, San Diego State University, and SUNY Downstate Medical Center. PRIDE is a two-year, all-expense-paid research career advancement opportunity sponsored by the NIH. It is a highly competitive process among junior faculty from underrepresented backgrounds who are involved in health disparities research.

About Hostos Community College:
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s leading urban public university, serving more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges. Hostos is an educational agent for change, transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. Hostos serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, and a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "student success coach" program, which provides students with individualized guidance, is emblematic of its emphasis on student support and services.

Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and 5 certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. The Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture (HCAC) is one of the pre-eminent Latino arts centers of the northeast. HCAC is known for showcasing traditional art forms, as well as emerging and internationally renowned artists.

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