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Clinical Fellowships in Neurology and Neuroimmunology:

Our goal is to establish a fellowship that focuses on clinical research in these disorders. The fellowship will include training in statistics, immunology, clinical trial design, scale development, data analysis and clinical evaluation. Through this fellowship, we hope to train physicians who will be leaders in clinical research of neuroimmunologic rare diseases.

Training program components:

  1. To define the competencies required for clinical research rare neuroimmunologic disorders.
  2. To train clinician scientists with these competencies who will carry out safe, well-controlled clinical research in rare neuroimmunologic disorders.
  3. To examine outcomes of the process of selection and training for clinical research in terms of career choice and subsequent research activities. The outcomes data will allow continuous improvements in both selection and education.
  4. To provide a paradigm for model training programs for other specialties and institutions.

We expect to accomplish these specific goals by teaching methods of clinical research, appropriate use of statistics, principles of epidemiology, writing and presentation of biomedical data, research ethics, understanding conflict of interest, and quantitative methods for use in neurological research. All of this will culminate in an improved ability to define and conduct safe clinically applicable patient-oriented research.

Design and methods

Our purpose is to provide three years of research training for physicians planning on a career in clinical research. We will offer a master’s program with or without a thesis requirement in accordance with existing requirements for graduate programs at Johns Hopkins. Our proposed program will take full advantage of the current graduate training program in clinical investigation jointly sponsored by the School of Medicine and School of Hygiene and Public Health at Johns Hopkins. The program has been in existence since 1992.

There will be a year of full-time academic classroom work followed by a year of mentored training in clinical or translational research in neuroimmunology. The current program can be audited without a degree, can lead to a master of science in clinical investigation, or can be expanded by one-to-two years to include a PhD degree in clinical investigation. We expect that the primary pool of applicants will be neurology residents who are committed to an academic career in clinical research. Applicants from related disciplines, including immunology, anesthesia, intensive care, and neuroradiology, will be considered.

Educational symposia:

Our goal is to educate physicians, patients and their families about MS, TM and other such rare neuroimmunologic disorders through interactions with scientists, clinicians and patient advocacy groups via international symposia to be held once every 2 years.

Electronic newsletters and maintenance of websites:

Our goal is to inform patients, scientists and clinicians of our progress. To this effect e-newsletters will be sent every six months in addition to routine website updates.

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