Education/Training : Fellowships : Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Cousins Center Post-Graduate Training Program in Psychoneuroimmunology

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Nature of Training
The University of California, Los Angeles, Post-Graduate Training Program in Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) serves as a major campus facilitator for bridging training in the fields of behavioral science, neuroscience, and immunology and is the sole comprehensive campus training program integrating concerns of basic and clinical immunologists with those of a wide range of neuroscientists and behavioral investigators. PNI is a scientific field that investigates bi-directional interactions among the neural, endocrine, and immune systems, and biobehavioral mechanisms that underlie the onset and progression of immune-related human disease. Given its broad faculty resources, the program familiarizes trainees with the diversity of information that is necessary for creative problem solving in basic and clinical PNI research, and provides a supportive yet critical research training environment with one-on-one supervision of research fellows. These training opportunities coupled with scientific review of fellows' research progress optimize the ability of trainees to achieve discrete training goals, project new experiments, and develop into competent and highly imaginative scientists with independent academic careers. Indeed, this training grant has taken optimal advantage of an active PNI faculty over the last 15 years and produced multiple outstanding PNI researchers such as Michael Irwin, Margaret Kemeny, Gayle Page, Steve Cole, and Julie Bower. Our goal in this training grant is to continue the multi-disciplinary education and training of 3 post-doctoral students from various backgrounds, chosen by virtue of their past records in creative and innovative research. Fellows are to work on their own projects under the mentorship of selected faculty who have a proven record of PNI research excellence. Our approach is to integrate clinical understanding along with state-of-the-art behavioral, neurobiological, neuroimmunological and neuroendocrinological techniques. By combining a high level of methodological sophistication about clinically relevant issues and mechanisms with a firm grounding in neuroscience and immunology, we believe that the scientific knowledge base of PNI will be markedly advanced, and that this effort will illuminate the role of psychosocial factors in immune-related diseases and the mechanisms by which such factors transduce experience to biology.

Up to six postdoctoral fellowships are available through the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology and the National Institute of Mental Health for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and for non-U.S. citizens. Applicants are eligible upon completion of Ph.D., D.O., D.N.Sc., M.D. (and accredited residency program), or comparable degrees.

The fellowship program is one or two years in length. The possibility of extension beyond one year of training requires an evaluation of the first year’s performance by mentors and members of the PNI Education and Training Committee. Formal evaluations by trainees and preceptors are built into the training program. Re-applicants must submit to the review committee, a reapplication form that includes a progress report.

Stipend Levels
The fellowships are funded at National Institutes of Health stipend levels, based on number of years of postgraduate experience. Included with the fellowship stipend is some support for research, travel, and health insurance.

Deadline: Open

All correspondence related to the postdoctoral fellowships should be sent to the Cousins Center for PNI:

Michael Irwin, M.D.
Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology
UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
300 Medical Plaza, Suite 3109
Box 957076
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7076
(Campus mailcode = 707624, for intracampus mail)

Telephone: (310) 825-8281
FAX: (310) 794-9247
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