T32 Nuts & Bolts


How Many Trainee Slots?

  • 4 traineeships
  • Typically for 2 years
  • Additional adjunct trainees may participate in training program


Who is eligible to apply?

  • US Citizen or non-citizen nationals (permanent residents).
  • At least 2nd year of graduate school
  • Must be doctoral student in one of the following doctoral programs: Rehabilitation Science, Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences program (IDP) in COM, Applied Physiology & Kinesiology, Clinical Psychology/Cognitive-Emotion Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering


Who are good applicants?

  • Strong academic credentials
  • Research interest in movement disorders, broadly defined
  • Commitment to a research career
  • Strong letter of support from your mentor


Specific Training requirement for T32 –  What Trainees must do

Develop individualized educational plan  that is approved by Mentor and T32 Steering Committee

Dissertation committee must include at least one other mentor from another of the 3 training themes

  • Example, if research focus is on movement/cognitive neuroscience, then doctoral committee must include another mentor from either a) translational neuroscience/physiology or  b) molecular biology/animal models

3 Required classes/coursework

  • PET 5936: Movement Disorders (taught by D. Vaillancourt).  This course covers basic clinical aspects and systems neuroscience related to movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease, tremor, ataxia, dystonia, Tourette’s, and Huntington’s disease.  As part of this course, one assignment involves use of the INFORM or another database to formulate a potential project pertaining to movement disorders.  This project is to be jointly conceptualized by  the trainees or trainee subgroups.  
  • Responsible conduct of biomedical research. Either GMS7003 or another comparable course
  • CLP 7934: Clinical & Research Practicum Course Practicum in clinical/translation research. This practicum enable trainees, under guidance of their mentors to view research across  different laboratory  and clinics.  Basic science students may opt to divide their time between a human motor or cognitive laboratory, and the clinics of the CMDNR.  Conversely, a more clinically oriented student might rotate through a basic science laboratory and a clinic

Required Trainee meetings

  • Monthly meetings with other trainees and Drs. Vaillancourt & Bowers (Bagel rounds)
  • Attend T32 sponsored talks and “meet the speaker” lunch (reserved for you).
  • Participate in at least 1 Center sponsored Think Tank
  • Attend CMDNR weekly meetings to the extent possible. This  will be done as part of PET 5936.


Research productivity including presentation at yearly T32 conference with Advisory board

Develop scientific portfolio


Stipends and more

  • Current NIH pre-doctoral stipend
  • Tuition
  • Health benefits
  • $500 towards travel
  • $1000/year towards research expense