Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Neuroscience

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Neuroscience

Brown University and the hospitals affiliated with Brown’s Alpert Medical School are well known for their excellence in research and clinical care related to the nervous system.  In recent years, the Brown Institute for Brain Science (BIBS) and the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute (NPNI) have been developing joint programs to better unite these efforts.  This has led to the creation of a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Neuroscience that is being co-sponsored by BIBS, NPNI and the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. This interdepartmental fellowship provides research training in both basic and clinical neuroscience.

The research supported by this fellowship will focus on basic and clinical investigation in psychiatric disorders, with the goal of preparing the fellow for a successful research career in translational neuroscience. This goal will be accomplished via a multidisciplinary approach and integrated training in basic and clinical research, which may include treatment research.

The fellow will be mentored by two or three faculty members who have research programs that are relevant to the same disease or disorder.  At least one will be a clinically focused researcher in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and another will be a scientist based on the Brown Campus whose work focuses on basic or translational research.  A clinical training experience will be provided that meaningfully augments the fellow’s research training.  We anticipate funding one position this year.  The salary will follow NIH guidelines and a second-year of support will be contingent upon satisfactory progress.

Four specific research areas and teams of mentors have been identified.  However applicants who are interested in focusing their work on other projects that combine basic and clinical approaches to psychiatric disorders are also welcome to apply.  If you wish to inquire about other possible projects, please contact Dr. Justin Fallon (Justin_Fallon@Brown.edu) or Dr. Katharine Phillips (Katharine_Phillips@Brown.edu). 

 

The programs that have been identified include:

  1. Genes and Sleep: From C. elegans to Humans - This project will combine training in C. elegans behavioral genetics and human behavioral genetics to identify conserved genes that regulate sleep.  Mentors – Dr. Anne Hart (Department of Neuroscience), Dr. Mary Carskadon (Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior) and Dr. Valerie Knopik (Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior).

 

  1. Neuroimaging and Alzheimer's diseaseThis project will focus on the development of novel neuroimaging markers, including functional and structural fMRI, for the early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.  Mentors – Dr. David Badre (Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences), Dr. William Heindel (Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences) and Dr. Stephen Salloway (Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry and Human Behavior)

 

  1. Acquisition and Extinction of Contextually Cued Avoidant/Repetitive Behaviors - This project will provide experience with neuropsychiatric patients and training in electrophysiology and optogenetic research methods in behaving animals to address questions about the role of context in the acquisition and extinction of associations between threatening cues and avoidant/repetitive behaviors.  Mentors – Dr. Rebecca Burwell (Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences) and Dr. Steven Rasmussen (Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior)

 

  1. Visual Processing in Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Anorexia Nervosa - This project will examine visual processing in two severe psychiatric disorders that involve distorted body image by using state-of-the-art visual psychophysics paradigms.  Mentors – Dr. David Sheinberg (Department of Neuroscience) and Dr. Katharine Phillips (Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior)

 

For more information about these four projects go to Projects and Mentor Teams.

 

Qualifications:

Applicants must have an M.D. with completed residency training in psychiatry or a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, or a basic science area relevant to the fellowship goals. Individuals with an M.D.-Ph.D. seeking additional training are also welcome to apply.

 

To Apply:

For specific information about this program, contact Dr. Justin Fallon (Justin_Fallon@Brown.edu) or Dr. Katharine Phillips (Katharine_Phillips@Brown.edu).  For general questions about the application process, contact Ms. Kelly Griffin (Postdoc_training@brown.edu)

 

To apply, please access the application form, and a list of required materials, through the Postdoctoral Fellowship link at: www.brown.edu/go/clinical-psychology-training (see “Postdoctoral Fellowship” on the left of the home page).  When completing the application please check the box for “Translational Neuroscience”.  Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.  However, the review will begin in mid-January, so it is recommended that interested trainees apply by January 10, 2014.

 

For further information about the Brown Institute for Brain Science and the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute go to their websites at www.brainscience.brown.edu/ and www.npniri.org/.

Brown University and its affiliated hospitals are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers and encourage applications from women and members of minority groups.