Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program (R25)

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, 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, UMCNTP 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 UMCNTP offers two years of mentored research experience during residency and/or incorporating an immediate post-residency year in an outstanding research environment.

Mentored Training

The UMCNTP 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 didactic and hands-on training that prepares them for successful career development applications such as K08, K23, VA CDA, or equivalents.

Preceptors:

Roger L. Albin, MD, Anne Young Collegiate Professor of Neurology; Associate Chair for Research; Chief, Neuroscience Research; VAAAHS GRECC
Research Area:  Neurodegeneration
 
Anthony Antonellis, PhD, Associate Professor of Human Genetics and Neurology
Research Area:  Neurodegenetics
 
William Barsan, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine
Research Area:  Stroke
 
Nicolaas I. Bohnen, MD, PhD, Professor of Radiology and Neurology
Research Area:  Neurodegeneration
 
Devin Brown, MD, MS, Professor of Neurology
Research Area:  Stroke
 
Maria Castro, MSc, PhD, R. C. Schneider Collegiate Professor, Professor of Neurosurgery & Cell and Developmental Biology
Research Area:  Brain Tumors, Neuro-Immunology
 
Ronald D. Chervin, MD, MS, Michael S. Aldrich Collegiate Professor of Sleep Medicine, Professor of Neurology, Co-Director, UM Center for Sleep Science
Research Area:  Sleep Medicine
 
Vivian Cheung, MD, Research Professor, Life Sciences Institute, Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and Human Genetics
Research Area:  Gene variation and regulation
 
 
Joseph Corey, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Research Area:  Bioengineering, Neurorestoration
 
William Dauer, MD, Elenor Levine Professor of Dementia Research, Professor of Neurology and Cell and Developmental Biology
Research Area:  Neurogenetics
 
Hiroko Dodge, PhD, Milton and Carolyn Kevreson Research Professor of Neurology and Research Associate Professor of Neurology
Research Area:  Dementias and Biostatistics
 
Xing Fan, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Cell and Developmental Biology
Research Area:  Brain Tumors
 
Eva Feldman, MD, PhD, Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology, Professor of Neurology and Director of A. Alfred Taubman Institute
Research Area:  Neuromuscular Disease, Diabetes, Cell Therapies, Neurodegeneration
 
David J. Fink, MD, Robert Brear Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology
Research Area:  Gene Therapy
 
John Fink, MD, Professor of Neurology
Research Area:  Neurogenetics
 
Roman Giger, PhD, George Linius Streeter Collegiate Professor, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Neurology
Research Area:  Neural Development
 
Ya Hua, MD, Research Professor of Neurosurgery
Research Area:  Stroke
 
Richard Keep, PhD, Crosby-Kahn Collegiate Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroanatomy and Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Research Area:  Stroke
 
Kevin Kerber, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Neurology
Research Area:  Health Services Research
 
Daniel Lawrence, PhD, Frederick GL Huetwell Collegiate Professor of Basic Research in Cardiovascular Medicine and Professor of Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Research Area:  Stroke
 
Andrew P. Lieberman, MD, PhD, Gerald D. Abrams Collegiate Professor and Professor of Pathology
Research Area:  Stroke
 
Lynda Lisabeth, MPH, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, and Research Professor of Neurology
Research Area:  Stroke, Biostatistics
 
Pedro Lowenstein, MD, PhD, Richard Schneider Collegiate Professor, Professor of Neurosurgery and Cell and Developmental Biology
Research Area:  Brain Tumors, Neuro-Inflammation
 
George Mashour, MD, PhD, Bert N La Professor of Anesthesiology Research, Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurosurgery
Research Area:  Sleep Medicine, Biostatistics
 
Marina Mata, MD, Professor of Neurology
Research Area:  Gene Therapy
 
Lewis Morgenstern, MD, Professor of Neurology
Research Area:  Stroke, Health Services Research
 
Jack Parent, MD, Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Emergency Medicine, Medical School, Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Adjunct Professor of Curriculum Support College of LSA
Research Area:  Epilepsy, Stem Cell Biology
 
Henry L. Paulson, MD, PhD, Lucile Groff Chair of Neurology for Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders, Professor of Neurology
Research Area:  Neurodegeneration
  
Phillip Scott, MDAssociate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Research Area:  Stroke
 
Benjamin Segal, MD, Holtom-Garrett Family Professor of Neurology and Professor of Neurology
Research Area:  Neuro-Immunology
 
Vikram Shakkottai, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Research Area:  Neurodegeneration
 
Peter Todd, MD, PhD, Bucky and Patti harris Career Development Professor of Neurology and Associate Professor of Neurology
Research Area:  Neurodegeneration
 
Michael Wang, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology and Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Research Area:  Stroke, Sleep Medicine
 
Guohua Xi, MD, Richard C Schneider Research Professor of Neurosurgery and Professor of Neurosurgery
Research Area:  Stroke

Award & Qualifications

Residents typically apply formally for UMCNTP support during their initial residency years.  Discussions about joining the UNCNTP and qualifications for UMCNTP should begin during the residency application process and potential UNCNTP candidates should contact the Program Director, Dr. Albin (see below), for information during the application process.   Mentored research typically begins in mid-residency and incorporates up to 2 years of research time, possibly including a post-residency research year.  UMCNTP 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.  UMCNTP applicant qualifications include substantial research experience including PhD training, MS training, or other extensive research experience as documented by a significant publication record. 

Application

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

Program Director

Roger Albin MD

Roger Albin, MD

Anne B. Young Collegiate Professor of Neurology
Professor, Neurology
Associate Chair, Research