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Stroke Research Training Program

Now Accepting Applications

Graduate Research Training Program:  Stroke and its Co-morbidities
A National Institutes of Health T32 Training Program

The Office of Research and Graduate Education is pleased to announce the receipt of a new T32 pre-doctoral training grant for training in stroke and its related co-morbidities.  The principal investigator for this grant is Dr. Jim Simpkins.  Please consider applying to be a trainee of this program.  More information is available in the abstract at the end of this announcement.

Application due date:      
March 31, 2017
Email application materials to Mallory Weaver
with Stroke T32 as the subject line

Eligibility:      

-Graduate PhD students from year 1 – year 4 in their program
-Must have selected a dissertation laboratory/advisor
-US citizen or landed immigrant (green card holder)
-Must be conducting research related to stroke, which can include basic, clinical or -population science approaches

Start date for fellowship:
May 1, 2017; appointment for 1 year renewable for up to 3 years

Training activities:
NERDS group meetings and Neuroscience Emerging Research Discoveries in Stroke interest group- This monthly meeting will provide opportunities to share research results and to examine new literature related to stroke.
Clinical immersion – trainees will observe care of patients with stroke and to understand the clinical decision making that is needed for proper care.
Neurobiology of Aging course – to be offered in the summers
Stroke:Bench to bedside to community course – offered in the spring semesters

Application procedure:

Graduate student –
1. submit a cover letter indicating why your research is related to stroke and why this training opportunities is  important to you
2. an NIH biosketch
3. a list of courses taken in graduate school and your grade

Student’s advisor –
1. Letter of support for the students participating in this training program and indicating you willingness to also participate in seminars and research presentations sponsored by this grant.

Abstract:

Stroke - like many brain diseases - is clearly associated with aging and a plethora of age-related co-morbid conditions, including cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease (AD), multi-infarct dementia, cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, immune suppression, metabolic syndrome and obesity, sleep deprivation, and depression. However, age-related co-morbid conditions, as a variable in stroke occurrence, severity and long- term recovery is seldom studied experimentally, but is one of the identified factors in the lack of progress in the discovery of new therapies for acute stroke brain damage. To optimize the impact of our research on the discovery of new preventatives, acute treatments and rehabilitation methods for stroke, we need to train the next generation of stroke researchers to assess stroke in the context of the affected patent population: those who are elderly and have multiple co-morbid conditions. The Stroke and Its Co-morbidities Predoctoral Training Program will formalize and standardize our already strong training programs in the biomedical sciences and focus on stroke research. A number of innovative aspects of this training program are semester-long didactic courses in “Stroke” and the “Neurobiology of Aging”, a clinical immersion in our WVU Stroke Center, a Neuroscience Emerging Research Discoveries in Stroke (NERDS) journal club, an Associate Scholars Program, and experience in community engagement. The proposed training program will select the best PhD students from the participating Biomedical Sciences Training programs at the West Virginia University (WVU) Health Science Center (WVU HSC) and will prepare them with the skills, knowledge and acumen needed for a successful career in stroke research. The specific training for each of 6 mentees will be tailored based on their annually updated Individualized Development Plan (IDP), and an “Exploring Career Paths” Program will help prepare them for their chosen career. Program training is expected to last 2-to-3 years. This pre-doctoral training program will create a new generation of young scholars who can address the need for innovative stroke research for the citizens of West Virginia and the nation.