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Training in Clinical and Basic Neuroscience

This training program in basic and clinical neuroscience has been funded for the past 28 years, and involves the Departments of Neurology, Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, Internal Medicine and Anesthesia at the University of Michigan (U-M) and the Ann Arbor VA Medical Centers.  35,000 square feet of laboratory space are available for basic research, and 32 faculty members, most of whom are both clinical neurologists and basic or clinician scientists, serve as preceptors.  We train medical and graduate students, physicians, and basic scientists to conduct basic and clinical neuroscience research.  We offer basic science training in cell and molecular neuroscience, neurochemistry, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, and neurogenetics, and clinical science training in the dementias, neuromuscular diseases, movement disorders, sleep disorders and neurogenetics.  Clinical training involves evaluation of clinical disorders, clinical-pathological correlations, neuropharmacological interventions, anatomical and functional imaging, including positron emission tomography studies, epidemiological studies, and experimental therapeutics. 

Training is in the individual laboratory or clinical program but is supplemented by interdisciplinary and collaborative project meetings, seminars, and appropriate course work.  All trainees in clinical science programs are required to enroll in the School of Public Health’s Masters Program in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis.  Postdoctoral trainees are neurologists or physicians in related fields who have completed clinical training and select a basic or clinical research career, and biomedical scientists who seek training in basic neuroscience research. Trainees are selected competitively by the program’s Executive Committee.  While the Executive Committee monitors progress of trainees, individual preceptors are responsible for guiding their trainees in generating research proposals, supervising the trainees’ work, and evaluating the trainees’ performance.  Efforts are made to recruit qualified women and minority students for training at all levels.

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.  Appointments typically are for one year of training although a second year appointment is sometimes available.  Salaries are commensurate with prior postdoctoral experience and NRSA regulations.

Interested applicants should send their CV, research statement, and three letters of recommendation to:
Eva L. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D.
Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology
Director, A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute
University of Michigan
Department of Neurology
109 Zina Pitcher Place
5017 BSRB
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-2200
Tel: 734-763-7274 / Fax: 734-763-7275

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