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T32 Postdoctoral Program to Enrich Translation and Multimodal Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

(PET/MR in ADRD)

 

The main goal of this T32 program is to provide a 2-year postdoctoral training experience, rich in multimodal neuroimaging, that focuses on three key research areas in Alzheimer’s disease and AD-related dementias (AD/ADRD):

  1. The biology of aging and neurodegeneration
  2. data sciences, computational biology, statistics, mathematics, engineering, biophysics

  3. drug discovery and drug development disciplines.

(see PAR-18-524, https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/par-18-524.html).

The primary mission of this program is to promote the development of a diverse, translational research workforce that is capable of participating and/or leading cross-disciplinary team science relevant for the treatment and prevention of AD/ADRD. Most T32 faculty are within the MGH Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and/or Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

The scope of training extends across targeted coursework, didactic lectures, and a dedicated T32 lecture series. The trainee will pursue a targeted research project under the mentorship of world-class scientists, physicians, and physician-scientists in the Harvard research community. General training includes research conduct, diversity and inclusion, mentoring, and career development, in addition to manuscript and grant development activities. T32 trainees within this program will acquire skills that enable the pursuit of innovative imaging technologies and simultaneous multimodal imaging paradigms, in the context of the 3 key AD/ADRD areas. At the end of this T32 training, the trainee will be well positioned to pursue independent funding in translational AD-related research.

Basic Trainee Eligibility

 

  • PhD, MD, MD/PhD, or comparable doctoral degree (see NIH PAR-18-524) upon entering the program.
  • The T32 mechanism can support national trainees who are either a U.S. citizens or permanent resident
  • Rolling Admission, 2-year individually-specialized training experience, 4 available slots
  • Our goal is to recruit a truly diverse T32 trainee pool that is richly representative of URM and women trainees

Prior experience in imaging and AD/ADRD would be ideal, but not required. It is important that the trainee have a clear interest and commitment to pursuing research that is aligned with at least one of the three key areas listed above. Our goal is to recruit a diverse trainee pool richly representative of women and underrepresented minorities in Medicine and in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to help address the need for a diverse workforce and URM participation in AD-related research, but all are encouraged to apply. Trainees will be paid a competitive salary according to their degree and experience (PGY level).

Application

Submission Materials:

  • Please use this cover sheet
  • 2-page (maximum) personal statement that describes the applicant’s: [1] background; [2] interest in T32 program; [3] fellowship training goals; [4] choice of primary T32 mentor*; [5] career goals.
  • CV
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 1-2 selected research publications for which candidate is an author (if available), URL is sufficient
  • Additional information may be requested after initial application materials are received (e.g., transcripts)

*see T32 faculty list below, please indicate if you have contacted the mentor and discussed a training project

Please submit these materials or any questions to Krystal Whitfield (T32 Administrative Contact) at: T32ADRD@mgh.harvard.edu

T32 Faculty

 

Program Director: Julie Price, PhD, Professor of Radiology, MGH-HMS; Director PET Pharmacokinetic Modeling, Martinos Center, PI: T32 AG066592

Consultant:  Mark Albers, MD, PhD, Frank Wilkens Jr. and Family Endowed Scholar in Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Assistant Professor of Neurology, MGH-HMS, Faculty Member, Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science

Nathaniel Alpert, PhD, Associate Professor of Radiology, MGH-HMS; Director PET Imaging Laboratory – Gordon Center for Medical Imaging (GCMI)

Steven Arnold, MD, Professor of Neurology, MGH-HMS; Director: Interdisciplinary Brain Center, MGH Neurology

Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD, Professor of Psychiatry, MGH-HMS; Deputy Chair of Epidemiology (Chan School of Public Health); Lead MADRC Research Education Component (REC)

Ciprian Catana, MD, PhD; Associate Professor of Radiology, MGH-HMS; Lead Integrated PET/MR Imaging – Martinos Center

Peter Caravan, PhD, Professor of Radiology, MGH-HMS; Chemistry, Imaging probe development, Co-Director Institute for Innovation in Imaging (i3)

Bradford Dickerson, MD, Professor of Neurology, MGH-HMS; Director, Frontotemporal Dementia Unit

Georges El Fakhri, PhD, Alpert Professor of Radiology, MGH-HMS; Founding Director Gordon Center for Medical Imaging (GCMI) Bruce Fischl, PhD, Professor of Radiology, MGH-HMS; Director Computational Core, Director Laboratory for Computational Neuroimaging – Martinos Center

Bruce Fischl, PhD, Professor of Radiology, MGH-HMS; Director Computational Core, Director Laboratory for Computational Neuroimaging – Martinos Center  

Randy Gollub, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, MGH-HMS; Associate Director, Translational Research–Psychiatric Neuroimaging Program

Stephen Gomperts, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, MGH-HMS; Director Lewy Body Dementia Unit

Jacob Hooker, PhD, Professor of Radiology, MGH-HMS; Director of Radiochemistry – Martinos Center MGH

Susie Huang, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology, MGH-HMS; Neuroradiology – Development and translation of novel MRI neuroimaging

Bradley Hyman, MD, PhD, John B. Penney Jr. Professor of Neurology, MGH-HMS; Director MA Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (MADRC)

David Izquierdo-Garcia, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology, MGH-HMS; Integrated PET/MR imaging applications – Martinos Center

Keith Johnson, MD, Professor of Radiology, MGH-HMS; Director Molecular NeuroImaging, MPI of Harvard Aging Brain Study (PI HABS)

Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer, PhD, Associate Professor of Radiology, MGH-HMS; Co-Director Quantitative Translational Imaging in Medicine Lab

Marco Loggia, PhD, Associate Professor of Radiology, MGH-HMS, Associate Director, Center for Integrative Pain Neuroimaging – Martinos Center

Yakeel Quiroz-Gaviria, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, MGH-HMS, Director of Familial Dementia Neuroimaging Lab; Director of Multicultural Alzheimer’s Prevention Program (MAPP)

H. Diana Rosas, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology, MGH-HMS, Director Center for Neuroimaging of Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease; Director Huntington’s Disease Society of American Center of Excellence (MGH)

Bruce Rosen, MD, PhD, Laurence Lamson Robbins Professor of Radiology, MGH-HMS; Vice Chair Radiology Research; Director Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging

David Salat, PhD, Associate Professor of Radiology, MGH-HMS; Director Brain Aging and Dementia Laboratory – Martinos Center

Christin Sander, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology, MGH-HMS; Dynamic PET/MR imaging of neuroreceptor neuromodulation – Martinos Center

Aaron P. Schultz, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, MGH-HMS; Functional MRI and image analyses in studies of aging and neurodegeneration (HABS)

Reisa Sperling, MD, Professor of Neurology, BWH- MGH-HMS, Director Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment – BWH (PI HABS)

Lawrence Wald, PhD, Professor of Radiology, MGH-HMS, Director NMR Core facility, Director Magnetic Resonance Physics & Instrumentation Group – Martinos Center

Changning Wang, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology, MGH-HMS, Radiochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, imaging, and neuroscience.

Hsiao-Ying, Wey, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology, MGH-HMS; Imaging physics, neuroscience, animal models, clinical research – Martinos Center

Questions?

Please contact Krystal Whitfield (T32 Administrative Contact) at T32ADRD@mgh.harvard.edu