BRET: Biomedical Research Education and Training at Vanderbilt

The Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) was established in 1999 to support and coordinate graduate education, postdoctoral training, minority affairs, and educational technology initiatives for the Vanderbilt biomedical research community.  The BRET Office handles all aspects of the recruitment, application, and admissions processes for graduate programs in the biomedical sciences. Graduate programs include the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP), the Quantitative & Chemical Biology Program (QCB), the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), and the Master in Laboratory Investigation Program.

Included under the BRET auspices are the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Postdoctoral Association, the Office of Career Development, Office of Outcomes Analysis, Psychological Services for Biomedical Trainees, and Poster Printing Services.

Other training programs administered include the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy for undergraduate students, the Vanderbilt Program in Molecular Medicine (VPMM), and Initiatives for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD).

Further, the BRET Office has extensive responsibility for Training Grant applications as well as their subsequent administration and coordination.

The Vanderbilt ASPIRE program – an NIH-funded BEST grant award – is also administered through the BRET Office, enhancing the career development initiatives already in place through the Career Development Office.

The BRET Office also organizes the Responsible Conduct of Research training that is held each spring.

The BRET Office also maintains a detailed database of research faculty involved in pre- and postdoctoral training as well as a database of current, previous graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Please explore our web site to obtain further information about our programs and services.