Physician-scientists occupy a critical niche in the translation of basic science findings into new clinical treatments. Within the field of neurology physician-scientists, as basic or clinical scientists, have been at the forefront, among many examples, in developing new models of human disease, developing new clinical treatments for Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and stroke and identifying novel genetic signatures of brain tumors, glial progenitors and neural stem cells that may facilitate new therapies. UCLA Neurology has recognized our responsibility as a leading academic department to contribute to the scientific future by participation in the NIH-funded neurology residency research track (R25 program).
The goal of the neurology research track is to train neurology residents in either basic or clinical science research through direct investigative study, oral and written scientific presentation and intensive mentored career development. The structure of the training program incorporates mentoring, focused time on oral and written presentations, with a culmination in the production of a career development (K series) grant in the final year of the residency for each trainee. The program provides 6 months of consecutive research time in PGY4, and then an additional 18 months of funded research time that can be applied to a post-residency fellowship. Internal applications for this program are accepted in mid August each year. Up to two applicants will then be selected to apply to the NIH/NINDS. The NIH/NINDS will fund applicants based upon the merits of each submission.
Project title: Bioinformatics Analysis of Tau Networks in Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.
Mentor: Daniel Geschwind
Project title: What are the Molecular Mechanisms of Axonal Degeneration in Stroke?
Primary Mentors: Jason Hinman and Thomas Carmichael
Project Name: functional Remapping of the Mouse Somatosensory Cortex after Ischemic Stroke.
Mentor: Carlos Portera-Cailliau