The Clinical Research Program at NINDS offers a variety of research fellowships in basic and clinical neuroscience to train the next generation of leaders in academic neurology. The program emphasizes career development, provides close mentoring and imparts leadership skills through a wide variety of courses and seminar series. A number of granting mechanisms are available on a competitive basis for fellows to transition to an independent career in academia.
To be eligible: Physicians must have completed an accredited residency training program and hold an unrestricted U.S. license (or be in the process of applying for a license that will be issued within one year of the starting date). Residents in accredited neurosurgery residency programs may be eligible for fellowships on a case-by-case basis prior to completing residency training.
To apply: Interested candidates should forward a copy of their curriculum vitae along with a cover letter to the Clinical Director or directly to the various contacts listed below for each type of fellowship.
NINDS offers unique training opportunities to clinical fellows where they may train across disciplines. These fellowships are tailored to each candidate. The guiding philosophy behind these fellowships is to train a new generation of clinician scientists that will acquire skills to investigate neurological diseases in novel ways by taking advantage of developments in other fields or medicine or fundamental sciences. These fellowships are offered on a competitive basis and funded through the Office of the Clinical Director. Applicants are advised to identify a primary discipline for their training and apply with a cover letter and their curriculum vitae to the Clinical Director. Applicants are evaluated by a Fellowship Committee. A select number of applicants are invited for an interview. Upon acceptance, the candidate will develop research plan in conjunction with their mentor(s). Their progress is monitored by the fellowship committee.
Contact: Office of the Clinical Director
Neuroimmunology and Neurovirology Fellowship
Fellows are trained in basic and clinical research, including neuroimaging, with a focus on multiple sclerosis, other autoimmune diseases, and CNS infections (HTLV-I, neuro-AIDS, PML, HHV-6, LCMV, JVC/PML).
Fellows are trained in the bench to bedside approach to hereditary neurological diseases in children and adults, with the goal of developing effective treatments. Focus is on polyglutamine diseases and hereditary motor neuron, nerve and muscle disorders.
Movement Disorders Fellowship
Fellows are trained in clinical movement disorders and are mentored in developing a research program in academic movement disorders with a principal focus on the physiology and pathophysiology of movement.
Autonomic and Catecholamine-Related Disorders Fellowship
The fellowship is a two to three year program, the first of which enables the fellow to sit for the UCNS certifying examination in autonomic disorders. The program combines training in diagnosis, clinical laboratory assessments, and management of autonomic disorders with inter-disciplinary basic, disease-oriented, and patient-oriented translational research. The fellow will have access to cutting edge technology and internationally renowned faculty with unique expertise and experience in autonomic function testing, catecholamine neurochemistry, imaging of catecholamine systems in the brain and periphery, and related cellular and animal research.
Contact: Dr. David Goldstein
Surgical Neurology Fellowship
Fellows are trained in conditions requiring surgical intervention such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, tumors, von-Hippel-Lindau disease, syringomyelia and Neurofibromatosis.
This two year fellowship provides training in management of epilepsy and research in neuroimaging. One year will be an ACGME fellowship in clinical neurophysiology focused on EEG.
Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship
An ACGME approved fellowship year in clinical neurophysiology with a focus on either EMG or EEG including evoked potentials, intraoperative and invasive monitoring, polysomnography, magnetoencephalography.
An ACGME accredited program provides training in vascular neurology. Other research opportunities include acute stroke management, pathophysiology of brain injury and novel treatments including immune modulation.
This program studies brain plasticity and treatment using transcranial magnetic stimulation, fMRI and brain-computer interface in stroke and traumatic brain injury. There is also a Spinal Physiology Research Unit that focuses on the physiology and imaging of motor neuron disorders and spasticity; and a cognitive neuroscience program that trains fellows in the systems underlying executive function and control of action and learning in humans, with a focus on the role of reward. The clinical focus is on traumatic brain injury.
Motor Neuron Diseases
This fellowship provides an opportunity to engage in research on the physiology, quantitative imaging, and genetics of motor neuron disorders.
The fellowship program in muscle disorders has the goal of training neurologists for an academic career with a focus in training in inflammatory and genetic muscle disease. One year of this fellowship can be at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
Fellows train in clinical and/or translational applications of neuroimaging techniques to study brain function and metabolism using routine and cutting edge technology such as 7T human MRI scanner, 4.7T-14T animal MRI scanners, combined MRI/PET imaging, fMRI and optical imaging/microscopy.
Clinical Trial Methodology Fellowship
The two-year NINDS/FDA fellowship will include hands-on participation both in neurology clinical research conducted at the NIH and in clinical research regulatory review at the FDA. Expanding the opportunities to large, multi-center trials, the fellows will participate in activities related to the planning, implementation, data and safety monitoring, and regulation of multi-center trials funded by the NINDS extramural program and regulated by the FDA. During the first year, the emphasis will be on acquiring the basic skills necessary for the conduct of clinical research with most activities taking place at NIH along with early exposure to the FDA environment. During the second year, increasing independence in clinical research will be accompanied by more intensive participation in the full spectrum of activities in DNP, ranging from pre-investigational discussions with clinical investigators about first-in-human drug trials to analysis of complicated multi-center trials leading to possible approval of new medical products. Additional or exclusive training is available, in collaboration with the FDA, in concept evaluation, protocol development, statistical design, trial implementation, safety monitoring, ethical considerations, and regulatory affairs.
Basic-Translational Research Fellowship
In this program fellows may work in basic science laboratories to acquire skills towards understanding disease pathogenesis or on collaborative research programs between NINDS and any institute at NIH. Program descriptions are online at: http://neuroscience.nih.gov. Fellows will devote most of their time to laboratory research and will spend no more than 10% effort in clinical neurology on related clinical research. A generous compensation package is provided for 2-3 years, with the possibility to transition to an independent research program using mechanisms at the NIH. Candidates should be no more than three years post-residency training. at the NIH. Candidates will be no more than three years post-residency training.
Contact: Clinical Director
See the Clinical Fellowship Program page to learn more about clinical research training opportunities with NINDS.