The institute will provide fiscal and administrative support for research and education opportunities for motivated candidates from all over the world conducting studies in either basic or clinical research related to neurosciences. The primary objectives include: 1) gaining familiarity with research design, hypothesis generation, methodology, and conduct; 2) providing the skills (e.g., grant application process, evaluation of scientific literature) and knowledge necessary to design and conduct independent research projects; 3) allowing career development through close mentoring relationships with experienced faculty; and 4) ethical conduct of research including compliance with IRB, IACUC, and HIPAA policies through dedicated courses.
A host of mentors that are nationally recognized for epidemiological, clinical, and basic research will be available to participate in the program. An expanded summary of each mentor’s research interests and qualifications are available by request. Various dissemination methods, including written information, electronic media, and person-to-person contact are used to inform potential applicants about the availability of this program including mass e-mail communication, display on electronic notice board in the departments, and formal announcements at the national and international meetings. The candidate must have demonstrable potential to be an excellent physician scientist, whose research interests are likely to improve long-term outcomes and quality of life for patients with cerebrovascular diseases. The candidate must make a 12-24 month commitment to the training plan. Priority of selection will be given to applicants who have chosen or intend to pursue a Masters or Ph.D. degree in a related discipline area. The applicant is expected to write the research plan, but should have discussed the idea with the proposed mentor. The applicant should demonstrate a good understanding of the research problem and be prepared to discuss the ideas informally with the Committee during the interview.