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Neuroinfectious Disease/HIV Fellowship Curriculum

Core Courses

All trainees will be expected to take the following core courses:

Neuroinfectious Disease Course (4 credits): Two-hour session covering a new topic each week. Course is comprised of a one-hour lecture by an expert in the field, a 30-minute presentation on the background of the topic by one of the students and a 30-minute journal club format on a research manuscript on the subject. This course is offered in the third semester every other year.

Neuroimmunology Course: The course covers the immunopathogenesis of neurological disease including CNS infections. This course is offered in the second semester every other year.

Neuropathology of Infections and Immune Disorders: One month rotation focused on developing clinical and research skills in studying the neuropathology of CNS infections. Provides hands on training in techniques of immunohistochemistry, working with infectious material and performing autopsies on patients with transmissible diseases will be emphasized.

Translational Research in NeuroAIDS and Mental Health: Course covers a wide variety of topics ranging from challenges in NeuroAIDS and mental health research. It also covers animal models, pathophysiology, biomarker development and drug development for neurological complications of HIV infections. The course is offered in the fall semester each year.

Biostatistics: All trainees are required to take a course in biostatistics. JHU offers a variety of biostatistics courses that range from techniques of analysis used in laboratory research, to epidemiological or clinical trial design and analysis. The trainees will consult with their mentor to select the appropriate course(s) and complete it in the first year of training.

Training and Electives

Our program offers clinical care opportunities to maintain and enhance specific skills in Neuroinfectious diseases, and to maximize the learning experience from our diverse and highly skilled faculty. Trainees have the option to select from the following clinical experiences with a one to three month commitment to each:

  • HIV Neurology Clinic
  • Sexually-transmitted Clinics
  • Neuro-infectious Consultation Service
  • Tuberculosis Clinic
  • Transverse Myelitis Clinic
  • Mixed CNS Opportunistic Processes/Sarcoidosis
  • International Experiences (India, Uganda, Thailand, and Colombia)

Elective/Specialized Courses

Additional specialized courses are available to trainees depending on the research track that they decide to pursue:

  • Laboratory Research Track – Courses are offered in advanced neuroscience research techniques, molecular biology, electrophysiology, neuropharmacology, and stem cell research.
  • International Research Track – Courses are offered in public policy, epidemiology, and international research

Contact us

To learn more about the Johns Hopkins University Department of Neurology Neuroinfectious Disease Fellowship, please contact the Program Administrator:

Heather Thomas, M.B.A
Phone: 443-287-0571

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Maryland Patients

Adult Neurology: 410-955-9441
Pediatric Neurology: 410-955-4259

Adult Neurosurgery: 410-955-6406
Pediatric Neurosurgery: 410-955-7337


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