The primary goal of this fellowship is to provide a mentored clinical and research experience. This fellowship is intended for individuals with an MD or MD, PhD who seek a mentored clinical and research experience in neurogenetics, with an emphasis on neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders presenting in childhood. The intent of this training experience is to develop additional expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of rare disorders and provide the opportunity to gain additional experience with next generation sequencing technologies including whole exome and whole genome sequencing. Fellows will attend at least one to two half days clinic per week, and choose a mentored research project. Translational research opportunities include involving in state of the art clinical trials and clinical studies targeting neurologic disorders including spinal muscular atrophy, alternating hemiplegia of childhood, inborn errors of neurotransmitter biosynthesis and metabolism, neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis and other rare neurologic disorders.
Research can be carried out within the Center for Human Genetics Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital and in collaboration with other Harvard-affiliated institutions in Boston, including M.I.T. Although fellows make these research affiliations independently, that process will be integral to making the decision to come here. We are happy to provide guidance to applicants who need more information about research opportunities at Harvard. Clinical experience can be tailored to the fellow’s interest, but typically includes exposure to the neurogenetics clinic, the neuromuscular clinic, the ataxia unit or the dystonia clinic. Typically, fellows’ funding comes either from foundation sources or by mentored training grants they have acquired themselves. The program lasts one- two years depending on resources and the specific research project chosen.
For more information contact: Kathryn Swoboda, MD, FACMG, at firstname.lastname@example.org.