Neurosciences and Schizophrenia Fellowship

Trainees will work in labs studying the neurobiological mechanisms of the symptoms of schizophrenia and its neuro-developmental and neuro-degenerative course. The symptom-oriented approach avoids issues associated with the heterogeneity of schizophrenia as a diagnosis; the neuroscience approach allows us to get closer to the substrates and mechanisms responsible for the symptom; the illness-course approach allows us to address possible prevention, intervention, and treatment.  These approaches reflect the research interests and expertise of the T32 faculty.

Research: T32 Trainees will have extended experience in a laboratory, leading to the submission of research papers and grant proposals.   Trainees will conduct a first-year project (mentor-initiated) and a second-year project (trainee-initiated and -funded).  These projects should culminate in at least one first-authored manuscript submitted for publication and formal presentations at scientific meetings.

Education: Trainees will participate in a year-long integrative T32 Seminar Series and a year-long Neuroscience in Psychiatry course; take formal UCSF courses identified by the trainee and mentor; and take yearly courses on the Responsible Conduct of Research. Trainees will meet with their Research Mentors weekly and Career Mentors, monthly.

Training: Trainees will be dual-mentored with Research and Career Mentors to guide them both formally and informally, through learning neurobiological methods, producing a body of data, presenting data at national meetings, writing and publishing papers, preparing grant proposals, and attending local and national workshops on launching and maintaining successful careers in biological psychiatry.  

The T32 Faculty includes basic neuroscientists and psychiatrists, working in genetics, brain imaging, electrophysiology, and neuroplasticity.  Each member of the T32 Faculty will serve as Research and Career Mentors to different trainees. The T32 will be directed by Dr. Judith Ford and administered by the Executive Committee, comprised of Drs. Ford, Mathalon, Vinogradov, Reus and Barondes.  Other faculty are: Steve Batki, William Byerley, Benjamin Cheyette, Allison Doupe, Steven Hamilton, John Rubenstein, Susan Voglmaier, Mark von Zastrow.


Applicants must have a PhD, MD, or MD/PhD, and be eligible for NIMH post-doctoral training.

How to Apply

Contact Judith Ford, PhD for application form.


Judith Ford, PhD


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