Specialized Training Program

The Brain Research Institute administers training grants in several neuroscience fields. These training grants provide research opportunities and support for trainees pursuing predoctoral and postdoctoral study in Neuroscience at UCLA.


Cellular Neurobiology

This program for postdoctoral trainees, directed by Dr. Tom O'Dell, seeks to expose students to the fundamental problems in neurobiology and then to give them an intensive interdisciplinary train­ing in modern research tech­niques. Research interests of the training supervisors include membrane biophysics, cellular electrophysiology, molecular neurobiology, developmental neurobiology, intercellular interactions, sensory physiology, and central nervous processing. The program is designed to be flexible, exposing trainees to many different aspects of neurobiology while providing maximal opportunity to pursue a particular research interest. A thorough curriculum of basic science and introductory and specialized neurobiology courses is available, as are specialized lecture and technique courses in a wide variety of related disciplines.

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Interdepartmental Clinical Pharmacology (K12/T32)

The UCLA Interdepartmental Clinical Pharmacology Training Program ("ICPTP", formerly "MCPRSP", or simply "K12") is a highly structured mentored clinical scholar program in patient-oriented research that is broad, interdisciplinary and focused on the area of clinical pharmacology and experimental therapeutics. This field bridges molecular medicine and health care and covers all areas of clinical medicine.

This program is supported by a recently awarded K12 grant from the National Center for Research Resources, NIH. The K12 initiative was created by the NIH to foster the development of patient-oriented investigators. The award can provide each participant with over $700,000 over five years for salary support and career development.

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Molecular & Cellular Neurobiology

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Neural Repair

This program for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees, directed by Dr. Marie-Françoise Chesselet, draws on the unique strength of a group of training faculty at UCLA to train young investigators in the basic aspects of neural repair. Recent years have seen tremendous progress in the understanding of the mechanisms of neuronal death and neural plasticity, leading to new perspectives for neural repair in the central nervous system. This program trains investigators to meet the challenges of the field in the next century. The program enrolls postdoctoral fellows and outstanding graduate students from the Interdepartmental Graduate Program for Neuroscience and other graduate programs at UCLA. The curriculum for predoctoral trainees in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program for Neuroscience includes training in broad areas of cellular, molecular and system neuroscience, specialized courses in neural repair, and exposure to relevant clinical situations. Students with a primary interest in neural repair are selected for support at the end of the second quarter of their first year in the program. Students are exposed to interactions with a variety of faculty and students investigating the nervous system from many perspectives, both basic and clinical. These interactions occur in courses, seminars, activities organized by postdoctoral fellows or students, and the annual neuroscience student retreat.

Pre and Post-doctoral positions for training in the field of Neural Repair are available for a start date each year between July 1st and June 30th. Appointments will be made for one year only, with possibility of competitive renewal for a second year. Please note that as per NIH regulations, applicants MUST be U.S citizen or permanent residents of the U.S. Applications from trainees in the process of applying for citizenship or residency will NOT be considered. Post-doctoral trainees cannot have more than two years of prior post-doctoral training. Trainees will be required to take a course in scientific ethics and to attend the weekly seminar on Neural Repair, Fridays 12-1, as well as other activities of the program.

Applications must be sent by the prospective mentor and include: a letter of nomination by the mentor; an NIH biosketch and other support page for the mentor; an NIH biosketch for the trainee; a 2 pages description of the research project indicating how it relates to the field of Neural Repair, and 2 letters of recommendation from referees others than the mentor in sealed envelopes or FAXed to the Program Director at 310-267-1786. Completed applications should be sent to M-F Chesselet, MD, PhD, Program Director, B114 RNRC, 710 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 9005. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Chesselet at mchessel@ucla.edu.

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Neuroendocrinology, Sex Differences and Reproduction

The training program in Neuroendocrinology, Sex Differences and Reproduction is for both predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees, and has been funded continuously since 1980. The current Program Director is Dr. Arthur P. Arnold. This program represents the educational activities of a group of twelve faculty laboratories comprising the Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology (LNE) of the Brain Research Institute. The activities of the LNE include graduate and undergraduate courses in neuroendocrinology, the weekly brown-bag seminar on current topics in neuroendocrinology, exchange of research ideas and methods among member laboratories, research opportunities for students at all levels, and the annual Charles Sawyer lectureship in neuroendocrinology. Research of the faculty spans all analytical levels in the field of neuroscience, from the molecular to the behavioral. Research interests include sex determination and sexual differentiation, hormonal regulation of neural function, gender differences in disease, cellular and molecular analysis of neural development, neural regulation of gonadal and adrenal function, glial neurobiology, stress, aging, neuroendocrine immunology, growth factors and cytokines, and genetic approaches. Although the main focus is on basic research in neuroendocrinology, some faculty are also involved in direct analysis of human disease and clinical trials to develop new neuroendocrine therapies.

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Neuroengineering (NET)

The UCLA Brain Research Institute (BRI), the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have joined forces in a major new educational program, the NeuroEngineering Training (NET) Program. This program is supported by the National Science Foundation IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Training) Program. IGERT is an NSF-wide program intended to facilitate the establishment of innovative, research-based graduate programs that will train a diverse group of scientists and engineers to be well-prepared to take advantage of a broad spectrum of career options. The IGERT program provides doctoral institutions with an opportunity to develop new, well-focused multidisciplinary graduate programs that transcend organizational boundaries and unite faculty from several departments or institutions to establish a highly interactive, collaborative environment for both training and research. The NET Program is a joint endeavor of the Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program for Neuroscience and the Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Program in SEAS, with the active involvement of scientists from JPL. This cooperative effort is perhaps unique in that it encourages students to work at the relatively underdeveloped but fertile interface between engineering and neuroscience. The objectives of the NET Program are (1) to enable students with a background in biological science to develop and execute projects that make use of state-of-the-art technology, including microelectro-mechanical systems (MEMS), signal processing, and photonics; (2) to enable students with a background in engineering to develop and execute projects that address problems that have a neuroscientific base, including locomotion and pattern generation, central control of movement, and the processing of sensory information; and (3) to enable all trainees to develop the capacity for the multidisciplinary teamwork, in intellectually and socially diverse settings, that will be necessary for new scientific insights and dramatic technological progress in the 21st century.

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Translational Investigation (K30)

The UCLA Graduate Training Program in Translational Investigation (also known as the K30 Program) was developed to provide clinicians with the necessary training to become successful patient-oriented investigators who can bridge molecular medicine and clinical research.

This program has a curriculum that assists participants in preparing highly competitive:

  • Patient-oriented studies
  • K23 applications
  • NIH R01 grants in clinical research
  • Research papers for publication in prestigious general medical /scientific journal

UCLA Bioscience Neuroscience Training Grants

Click here for a list of bioscience neuroscience training grants at UCLA.


UCLA Bioscience Training Grants

Click here for a list of bioscience training grants at UCLA.