Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program

The University of Michigan Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program is a NIH sponsored program aimed at accelerating the career development of clinician-scientists. There is an increasing gap between our ability to treat neurologic diseases and our growing understanding of normal and diseased nervous system functions. The pursuit of better potential patient treatments requires an improved integration of basic neuroscience research with clinical practice across the translational spectrum, from basic discovery through preclinical and clinical research to implementation.

To improve integration and bridge this translational gap, the U-M Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Pediatrics (Pediatric Neurology), and Pathology sponsor the U-M Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program (UMCNTP) residency track.,

Supported by a R25 grant from the National Institutes of Neurologic Disease and Stroke, the program facilitates the development of neurologist, neurosurgeon, or neuropathologist physician-scientists pursuing either laboratory-based or clinical research. Designed for individuals with significant prior research experience, the program offers up to two and a half years of mentored research experience starting during residency and incorporating post-residency years in an outstanding research environment.

Mentored Training

The program integrates clinical work with mentored research training, preparing clinician-neuroscientists for independent research careers across the full spectrum of disease-oriented neuroscience study. Under the guidance of experienced senior investigators, resident-fellows focus on independent projects to prepare them for successful career development applications such as K08, K23, VA CDA, or equivalents.

Residents typically apply formally for the program support during their initial residency years. Discussions about joining the program and qualifications for UMCNTP should begin during the residency application process and potential candidates should contact the Program Director, Dr. Roger Albin, for information during the application process. Mentored research begins in residency with a minimum of 6 months of research time during residency and up to 2 years after residency. Trainees are expected to devote a minimum of 80% time to mentored research activities. Stipend levels are those of the house officers at that level of training. Applicant qualifications include substantial research experience including Ph.D. training, M.S. training, or other extensive research experience as documented by a significant publication record.

Interested candidates should contact Roger Albin, M.D. at ralbin@umich.edu or 734-764-1347.

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