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.
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.