Announcement – Recruiting new T32 trainees for the 2017-2018 academic year

Interdisciplinary Training Program in Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration  (NINDS – T32)

We are recruiting new T32 trainees for the 2017-2018 academic year

Application due date is June 19, 2017

Program Overview.  The goal of this  T32 is to develop independent investigators with programs of research in movement disorders that focus on the ABC’S of translational research: aetiology, biomarkers/ endophenotypes, and causative and symptom based therapies.  The program encompasses three training themes:  a) human movement and cognitive/emotion neuroscience; b) molecular biology and animal models; and c) translational neuroscience and physiology.  Key features of this program involve research training of clinical and basic scientists, with emphasis on cross-disciplinary interactions among the trainees. Doing so fosters development of cross-boundary research questions and exposure to diverse research approaches.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • US citizens or non-citizen nationals (permanent residents). Students on temporary or student visas are not eligible
  • Doctoral students in good standing from Health & Human Performance, Biomed Engineering, CHP/Cognitive-Affective  Neuroscience, Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences (e.g.,, neuroscience, genetics, molecular biology, etc.), Rehabilitation Science
  • Completion of 2 years of PhD training is preferred
  • Primary mentor is part of T32 training program

What are criteria for acceptance?

  • Strong academic credentials
  • Strong research interest in some aspect of movement disorders, basic or clinically oriented
  • Strong commitment to a research career

What are the major training requirements?   

  • Monthly meetings with other trainees and Training Directors
  • Joint research project with other trainees using available research databases
  • 3 Specialized courses
  • Movement Disorders Course (taught by D. Vaillancourt)
  • Practicum in clinical/translation research
  • Responsible conduct of biomedical research
  • Research productivity, including presentation at T32 annual meeting
  • Dissertation committee must include T32 Mentors from 2 of the 3 training themes
    • Example, if primary research focus involves movement/cognitive neuroscience, then doctoral committee must also include a mentor from either a) translational neuroscience/physiology or b) molecular biology/animal models


Nitty gritty of support

  • NIH-based stipend (around 23K), tuition, and health insurance
  • Research expense (up to $1000/yr) and travel ($500)


How does one apply?

Submit the following to Dr. Dawn Bowers ( and Dr. David Vaillancourt (;  Except for letter of rec, all materials should be submitted as one PDF file.


DUE DATE:  June 19, 2017