Through a National Institutes of Health K12 Training Grant, the University of Michigan Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has developed the Michigan Vision Clinician-Scientist Development Program, a distinctive mentored training program designed to recruit, train, and mentor ophthalmologists who plan to develop research programs in tandem with their clinical practice.
The program is designed to ensure success of clinician-scientists in ophthalmology, visual sciences, and health services research by providing protected research time, core instruction, and a range of skills to enable clinician-scientists to manage a major research enterprise. We are one of six ophthalmology departments in the nation to have received this award.
About the Program
Those selected to participate in the program will work with outstanding scientists in vision research. Trainees will also benefit from Michigan’s multidisciplinary research environment and diverse range of projects available, from investigating stem cells to exploring retinal stem cells and regeneration, diabetic retinopathy, epidemiology and biostatistics, and thyroid eye disease.
The Training Faculty consists of members of five basic science departments and two clinical departments.
What Does the Program Provide?
Trainees will follow one of two paths for laboratory or clinic-based studies from broad areas of biomedical research.
Path 1 will provide scholars in the laboratory sciences with the knowledge and technologies needed to study fundamental mechanisms and pathogenesis of vision-threatening diseases.
Path 2 will provide scholars in the clinical sciences with leading-edge knowledge and technologies to conduct patient-based investigations.
How to Apply
Please contact Thomas W. Gardner, M.D., M.S. via phone or email:
University of Michigan
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
1000 Wall Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Email: [email protected]