Training Program in Gerontological and Geriatric Research (T32 AG033534)
The overall goal of this NIH-supported training program is to provide an integrated career development pathway centered on training both MD and PhD fellows in the skills and competencies necessary to conduct clinical research with a focus on the prevention of disability. We recruit one new trainee per year into the program for a duration of 2 years of training.
The Training program is governed by an experienced Program Director (Dr. Steve Kritchevsky) and Co-director (Dr. Barbara Nicklas) and is supported by over 20 program faculty who serve as mentors or co-mentors to selected trainees. The program faculty represent scientists from diverse disciplines, but all with a focus on applying knowledge of their discipline in the conduct of clinical geriatric research. All serve as PIs or co-investigators in human intervention trials or observational studies with cognitive and/or physical disability outcomes. This approach complements our other training programs and integrates perfectly with the scientific themes of our existing Pepper Center, which is focused on physical disability, and our endowed Kulynych Center, which is focused on cognitive disability.
Trainees in the Program are provided with supervised didactic and experiential research training under the direction of one-on-one and team mentoring from accomplished, cohesive, and multi-disciplinary faculty. Fellows gain knowledge, skills and competencies in: assessing specific geriatric health outcomes, the design and conduct of observational and/or interventional studies, technological research methodology (e.g., imaging, molecular and functional in vitro assays), and are taught and encouraged to submit research proposals for grant funding.
Applicants must have received a Ph.D., an M.D., or a comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution, must be U.S. citizens/permanent residents, and must be interested in pursuing an academic research career. Salary is commensurate with experience according to NIH stipend levels. Interested candidates should send cover letter and curriculum vitae to: Dr. Barbara Nicklas, J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157; firstname.lastname@example.org