Training Partnerships

We currently have students on Georgetown's medical center, main campus, the NIH, Children's Hospital, and abroad.

Neural Injury and Plasticity Training Grant

The Training Program in Neural Injury and Plasticity (NIP) grew from the Center for Neural Injury and Recovery (CNIR; co-directed by Drs. Wrathall and Maguire-Zeiss) and represents a unique and highly collaborative endeavor at Georgetown University. NIP received its initial funding in 2001 and has supported 13 predoctoral thesis trainees. Its purpose is to prepare scientists to investigate fundamental mechanisms of neural injury by trauma, stroke, or neurodegenerative processes and to understand basic mechanisms of neural plasticity that may be functionally beneficial to the repair processes after neural injury. Our goal is to train researchers who will be capable of and committed to the basic science component of developing novel and effective treatment strategies to reduce the functional impairments that result from neural injury.

Predoctoral trainees in Neural Injury and Plasticity are selected in the Spring semester of their second year in the program based on their potential for outstanding research in Neural Injury and Plasticity. Students applying to the NIP fellowship are required to have participated in a program of study that leads to a Ph.D. in Neuroscience which includes but is not limited to Core Courses in Neuroscience and Medical Neuroscience (NSCI501, NSCI503, NSCI545) and two electives focused on Neural Injury and Plasticity taken in the second year of study (e.g., Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration/NSCI556; Tutorial: Special Topics in Neuroscience with training faculty/NSCI905).

In addition, students wishing to apply to the NIP fellowship are required to:

1) participate in the NIP journal club sponsored by the CNIR;
2) exhibit excellent performance in their graduate course work and laboratory rotations;
3) write and submit a proposal for thesis research in an area relevant to neural injury/plasticity with a mentor or co-mentors from among the NIP training faculty.
4) participate in relevant clinical experiences provided by Neural Injury and Plasticity training faculty.

Interested students are encouraged to visit the CNIR website for a list of current training faculty and contact Drs. Jean Wrathall or Kathy Maguire-Zeiss (T32 Co-PIs) for more information.

PIRE Program

Collaborative Thesis Research Involving Laboratories Abroad - Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) seeks to catalyze a cultural change in U.S. institutions by establishing innovative models for international collaborative research and education. This Program allows students to conduct their thesis research collaboratively with a laboratory at Georgetown University and a laboratory in Europe.

Summer Abroad Research Opportunities - Under a grant from the German Research Foundation, an International Research Training Group (IRTG) exists between several neuroscience labs in Munich, Germany and at Georgetown University. The focus of this international training program, titled "Brain Signaling: from Neurons to Behavior", is on functional neuroimaging in animals and humans. Participating institutions in Munich are the Institute for Neuroscience and the Center for Functional Imaging at the Technical University Munich (TUM) as well as the Center for Neurosciences at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich. Both LMU and TUM are ranked among the top 10 universities in Germany, the latter sometimes termed Munich Institute of Technology (or German "MIT").

The IRTG supports research projects of IPN students during summer rotations or, in exceptional cases, for longer durations as part of their thesis projects.

For more information see or contact Joseph Rauschecker.