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Neuro-Oncology Fellowship

Research Training in Neuro-Oncology

March 8, 2013
To:All Potential Applicants for the Johns Hopkins T32 Training Grant titled “Research Training in Neuro-Oncology”
From: Stuart Grossman, MD, Jaishri Blakeley, MD, and Henry Brem, MD
Principal Investigators of the Hopkins T32 Training Grant
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Unfortunately, we have just received preliminary notification from the National Institutes of Health that our recently submitted competitive renewal of this T32 grant has not been awarded NIH funding.  We will be resubmitting our application and hope to have funding restored very soon.  However, this notification means that we do not currently have guaranteed funding for fellows beginning their training on this T32 grant in July 2014. 
Our UCNS Clinical Neuro-Oncology Fellowship is funded by other mechanisms and is therefore not affected. Applicants should continue to submit the online form on this Web site.

We are relaying this information to you as quickly as possible so that you can make appropriate plans for your fellowship training.  We remain very committed to training individuals planning a career in academic neuro-oncology. 

Please feel free to contact us if we can be of any assistance in your plans for future fellowship training or with any other related questions.

The Johns Hopkins University has been funded through a T32 training grant from the National Cancer Institute since 1987 to support training of individuals who plan an academic career in neuro-oncology.  This program is directed by Drs. Stuart Grossman and Henry Brem.  The selection committee is comprised of representatives from neurosurgery, neurology, medical, pediatric, and radiation oncology.  The participating research laboratories and clinical training sites are within the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and the formal courses that are a required part of this training are offered at The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

The overall goal of this training program, entitled "Research Training in Neuro- Oncology," is to prepare neurosurgeons, radiation therapists, medical and pediatric oncologists, and neurologists for academic careers in neuro-oncology.  Applicants with M.D. degrees who have completed at least two years of postdoctoral training toward board certification in their chosen subspecialty and are committed to a full-time career in neuro-oncology are eligible for this research fellowship.  A total of 2 new trainees will be selected each year.

The trainees will be involved in well-supervised research activities over a two-year period in one of many participating research laboratories directly or indirectly involved in neuro-oncologic research.  The participating laboratories at Johns Hopkins are located in the Oncology Center (Biostatistics, Cancer Pain, Cell and Gene Therapy, EB Virus/CNS Lymphoma, Epidemiology, Molecular Genetics, Neuro-Oncology, Pharmacology-Experimental Therapeutics)  ) and in the Departments of Radiation Oncology, Radiology (Diagnostic Radiology Research, Neuroradiology, and Nuclear Medicine), Neurology and Neurosurgery (Brain Injury, Brain Interstitial Chemotherapy, Neural Microvascular Function, Pain Research, Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Neurosurgery, and Neurovirology), and Pathology (Cytogenetics and Neuro-Pathology).

The trainees will also have formal rotations through the relevant clinical subspecialties.  These will include medical, pediatric, and radiation oncology, neurosurgery, neurology, neuropathology, and cancer pain.  Trainees will take formal courses at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene in biostatistics, epidemiology, neuroanatomy, and methods in clinical and laboratory research, biomedical writing, and the responsible conduct of research.  They will also attend clinical and research conferences, seminars, and courses that are relevant to neuro-oncology, their research activities, and their needs as future academicians.  In addition, trainees will have opportunities to participate in national scientific meetings focusing on investigations in neuro-oncology and/or their area of specific research and interest. 

The Johns Hopkins University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employers and actively encourage interest from minorities and women.   For more information; contact Stuart Grossman, M.D. ( and Susan Passwaters ( via e-mail or by phone (410-955-8837).


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