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Education of the next generation of basic and translational scientists is one of the core missions of the Wells Center. All Wells Center Principal Investigators have their primary appointments in the Department of Pediatrics but essentially all of these faculty members hold secondary appointments in the various basic science departments of the School of Medicine. Having the secondary appointments permits the Wells Center faculty to recruit PhD and MD PhD students to their laboratories to pursue their thesis work (generally 3-5 years of research investigation). Wells Center investigators also serve on graduate student thesis committees for students pursuing research in laboratories outside of the Wells Center. In this manner, Wells Center investigators play a vital role in guiding and mentoring graduate students in the process and path to solving significant health care needs through basic and translational research. Most Wells Center investigators also recruit post-doctoral fellows into their laboratories to focus on the primary research interests that are funded through extramural grants. The post-doc fellows have opportunities to present their work at individual and group lab meetings on a weekly basis. Invited visiting speakers that are experts in their field present on a monthly basis at a Wells Research Seminar to the benefit of all the students, post-doc fellows, and faculty members. Post-doc fellows and students are mentored in grant writing, research planning, and writing of manuscripts of the results obtained. Most students and post-doc fellows submit abstracts of their work to national and international meeting where they can present their work and receive feedback from colleagues. In this manner, Wells Center investigators are preparing and mentoring the next generation of scientist that will address the ongoing medical problems that continue to plague the children presenting to the Riley Hospital for Children and to medical facilities around the world.