Multiple Sclerosis Clinical/Research Fellowship
The Multiple Sclerosis Research Group (MSRG) focuses on fundamental and applied research approaches in neuroimmunology and advanced magnetic resonance imaging to better understand the pathogenesis and treatment of MS. Organized in 1983 under the leadership of Bartels Family and Opal C. Rankin Professor of Neurology Jerry S. Wolinsky, M.D., the team has participated in more than 25 clinical trials of potential new symptomatic and disease modifying therapies. The MSRG was the lead center for a number of these international studies and many of these trials were pivotal in supporting current FDA treatments for MS.
The Multiple Sclerosis Research Group (MSRG) offers both 1 and 2 year fellowship opportunities for those individuals who have completed an ACGME-accredited neurology or pediatric neurology residency program. Our fellowship seeks to develop neurologists to become clinician-scientists in Multiple Sclerosis and related disorders. We stress first rate training in clinical care and conduct rigorously designed research. The first year consists of a comprehensive clinical experience where the fellow will be exposed to a variety of CNS autoimmune disorders with emphasis in MS. Not only will the fellow gain important clinical experience with these patients, but by the completion of the Fellowship, the fellow will have the skillset and competence to manage complicated patients medically. Should the fellow choose to do a 2nd year, he or she will be provided opportunities to perform clinical work, translational research and present at national conferences. Translational research is encouraged during the first year.
This fellowship is one that values every opportunity for the fellow to have hands-on learning opportunities and full immersion in patient care. As such, they are a full member of the multidisciplinary team. In addition, they will have one-on-one mentorship with the program director and primary faculty.
The fellow will be provided several opportunities to participate in outpatient clinic in both the county and University Hospital setting as well as time for involvement in translational research projects. Built into the fellow schedule includes administration time to participate in educational opportunities as well as research opportunities. All weekends and holidays are off and there is no night call.
Research Internships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
The MS Research Group and the MRI Analysis Center offer supervised research training opportunities in Image Processing and Analysis. Students in biomedical engineering, computer science, or other science major, with a serious interest in research are welcome to apply. Students are considered full-time team members, are given exciting projects to work on and real problems to solve in close collaboration with their mentor. For more information, please contact Léorah Freeman, MD, PhD.
Observer/Trainee/Visiting Scientist/Non-Clinical Post-Doctoral Fellow are available upon request based on availability.