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Graduate Training in Neuroscience

helke at usuhs.usuhs.mil helke at usuhs.usuhs.mil
Wed Nov 23 12:47:37 EST 1994

                    AT THE 
                   SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
                   BETHESDA, MD, USA

     The Graduate Program in Neuroscience USUHS offers a
broadly based, interdisciplinary program leading to the Ph.D.
degree in Neuroscience.  Courses and research training are
provided by 36 USUHS Neuroscience Faculty who hold primary
appointments in the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology,
Biochemistry, Medical and Clinical Psychology, Microbiology,
Neurology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Physiology,
and Psychiatry.  The program permits considerable flexibility
in the choice of courses and research areas; training
programs are tailored to meet the individual requirements of
each student.  Research seminars and journal clubs are also
an important part of the learning experience.  The proximity
of USUHS to the National Institutes of Health allows students
to take advantage of NIH graduate courses and seminars.  

     Neuroscience students conduct their research in the
faculty members' laboratories located in the medical school. 
The primary research areas of neuroscience faculty and
students include:  molecular neurobiology, neural development
and plasticity, cortical structure and function, neuronal
adaptation to environmental stressors, neural regulation of
physiologic functions, and clinical neuroscience.  Excellent
research facilities are available to conduct a wide range of
studies at the molecular, cellular and systems levels.

     The Neuroscience Program is designed for students with
a strong undergraduate training in the physical sciences,
biology, or psychology who wish to pursue a professional
career in neuroscience research.  During the first year of
study, students take courses and three 12-week laboratory
training rotations in the laboratories of program faculty
members.  By the end of the first year, students select a
research area and faculty advisor.  During the second year,
students complete requirements for advancement to candidacy,
including required course work and passage of the qualifying
examination.  After advancement to candidacy, each student
develops an original research project and prepares and
defends a written dissertation under the guidance of his or
her faculty advisor and advisory committee.

     University stipends are available on a competitive
basis for matriculants who are United States citizens or
resident aliens.  Currently, university stipends in the
Neuroscience Program are  are $13,500/annum for students who
have begun work in their thesis advisor's laboratory. 
Stipends are also available for first year students.   There
are no tuition charges for graduate students at Uniformed
Services University, nor is there any requirement for payback
in the form of government or military service.  Text books
for courses taken together with medical students are provided
to students without charge.  

For further information about the program, and for
application forms, 
please contact:

Dr. Cinda Helke, Director
Professor of Pharamcology and Neuroscience
Director, Graduate Program in Neuroscience 
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland  20814-4799
 (301) 295-3238 or 295-3679

     Applications can be submitted at any time before March
1, 1995 to ensure consideration for admission to the program
in August 1995.  Applications received after March 1 will be
evaluated on a space available basis.  There is no
application fee.

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