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Career Profile: Epidemiologist - Victoria A. Cargill

Career Profile: Epidemiologist - Victoria A. Cargill

Victoria A. Cargill, M.D., M.S.C.E., Epidemiologist, Director of Minority Research and Clinical Studies, Office of AIDS Research, National Institutes of Health

National Institutes of Health: Office of Science Education

What I like least about my work is the frustrations of dealing with a fatal disease that is 100% preventable. Seeing young people who are struggling with HIV infection is a great tragedy, especially when a simple prevention strategy could save their lives.

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My career goals are …

My career goals are to develop additional programs to assist minority investigators as they continue their education and training. To become a funded successful investigator is a tall order, and an even taller one if the individual is a racial and/or ethnic minority. Currently, we are collaborating with offices and institutes that work with minority-predominant and minority-serving institutions. In this way, we identify those individuals who are interested in a research career in HIV/AIDS. Those individuals are invited to a 2-day workshop in which they meet other minority researchers and learn how NIH grants are awarded for research.

To increase the number of minority investigators will require intervention at many levels. Recently, I have begun speaking at local and regional high school science events to highlight the importance of having a steady pipeline of both majority and minority HIV/AIDS researchers.

Another career goal I have is to expand my clinical work to include some international populations, as well as, domestic ones.

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