Genetics Fellowships and Awards

Columbia University Genetics of Complex Disorders (GCD) Training Program

The goal of the GCD program is to train postdoctoral (M.D. and Ph.D.) and predoctoral fellows in genetic epidemiology and statistical analysis of psychiatric and other complex diseases. Our mission is to train people who will be aware of all aspects of human genetic studies: study design, clinical aspects, phenotype definition, laboratory issues, and statistical analysis. The field of genetics is changing rapidly, and successful investigators must be competent in a broad array of techniques, must be able to speak the languages of fields outside their own, and must be able to collaborate effectively with scientists in other fields. Training has both a didactic and a research component. The didactic component includes both an academic program and a series of practical laboratory rotations. The academic program comprises a series of academic courses in human genetics, epidemiology, statistical genetics, computer simulations, research communication skills, and responsible conduct of research. The laboratory rotations take place in a number of laboratories at Columbia University, where a rich and broad variety of genetic studies are being carried out. In the research component each Fellow works closely with a Preceptor on an independent research project of the Fellow's choosing; the Fellow prepares a clearly written research proposal, carry out the proposal, prepare an oral description of the study and its results, and prepare a publishable manuscript based on the completed study. Learn More

UCLA Cousins Center Post-Graduate Fellowships in Psychiatry and the Neurosciences

Clinical and research fellowships are offered. Subject areas include: Child mental health intervention research; dementia and behavioral neuroscience research; degenerative diseases; drug abuse research; substance abuse fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry; fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry; HIV-AIDS fellowship; neuroendocrinology of reproduction; neuroengineering training program; postdoctoral training program in neurobehavioral genetics; postdoctoral fellowships in psychosis; training program in cellular neurobiology; training program in neural repair; and training program in neuroimaging. Learn More

University of Texas Health Sciences Center Psychiatric Genetic Fellowship

The South Texas Psychiatric Genetics Research Program was created in 2004. Its mission is to train the next generation of psychiatric researchers. This program addresses the chronic shortage of qualified psychiatric researchers, especially Latinos, and increase researchers’ understanding of cultural issues affecting South Texas and Latinos. We focus our research on understanding the genetics, biology and cultural aspects of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The program receives local and federal support, and since its inception it has garnered both national and international recognition for excellence. The Program has trained 45 researchers to date. We offer training opportunities in genetics, psychobiology and cultural aspects of mental illness. The trainees have ranged from both physician and Ph.D. post-doctoral fellows, to college students, graduate students, and medical students. On a case-by-case basis, local high school students can have limited participation. In addition to U.S. citizens, we have trained individuals from Argentina, Peru, Guatemala and Costa Rica. We also have an offsite computer link with the Rio Grande Valley branch of UTHSCSA in order to provide training to both students and faculty. The program usually lasts 1 to 2 years, and in that time the trainee will be exposed to both clinical and bench top research. Trainees enrolled in the 2-year program are expected to work with a mentor on their independent project. The mentors come primarily from UTHSCSA departments, but we have also worked with other institutions when a specific need arose. Learn More


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