Division of Biomedical Research Workforce

Jointly Sponsored Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (JSPTPN)

The Jointly Sponsored Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences supports broad and fundamental, early-stage graduate research training in the neurosciences. This initiative began in 1997 to provide support during the early years of graduate training, the first and second years, typically before full-time thesis research begins. Trainees are expected to be participants in a formal predoctoral curriculum offering broad and fundamental training in the neurosciences. We encourage a curriculum that spans the breadth of neurosciences in terms of the level of analysis (genes to molecules to cells to integrated, functional systems and behavior), approaches (including translational research), and the neuroscience of disease and disorders.  We also encourage programs to incorporate formal education in experimental design and statistics.  The portion of the institutional training program supported by a Jointly Sponsored Predoctoral training grant would typically include core courses, laboratory rotations, and programmatic activities.  It is expected that these institutional training programs will contribute to basic and disease-related neuroscience research that is relevant to the participating NIH Institutes.

The Jointly Sponsored Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences is managed by a trans-NIH steering committee with one member from each of the participating Institutes. As announced February 9, 2016 (NOT-NS-16-008), PAR-15-178 has been cancelled, and applications will not be accepted for the May 25, 2016, T32 application due date. A new institutional research training FOA to support early-stage, predoctoral training in the neurosciences will be issued in time for preparation of applications for a May 2017 due date.  For calendar year 2016, Stephen Korn is the committee chairperson. Please contact him by email (korns@ninds.nih.gov) or phone (301.496-4188) if you have questions.

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Participating Institutes and Program Contacts

National Institute on Aging (NIA

Scientific/Research: Chyren Hunter, Ph.D. (301) 496-9322
Financial/Grants Management: Jessi Perez (301) 402-7739

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA

Scientific/Research: Lindsey Grandison, Ph.D. (301) 443-0606 

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD

Scientific/Research: Deborah Henken, Ph.D. (301) 496-5541 
Financial/Grants Management: Bryan Clark (301) 435-6975

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA

Scientific/Research: Beth Babecki, M.A. (301) 435-0899 
Financial/Grants Management: Pam Fleming (301) 253-8729

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS

Scientific/Research: Alison Cole, Ph.D. (301) 594-3827 
Financial/Grants Management: Lisa Moeller (301) 594-3914

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH

Scientific/Research: Nancy L Desmond, Ph.D. (301) 443-3107 
Financial/Grants Management: Theresa Jarosik (301) 443-3858

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS

Scientific/Research: Stephen Korn, Ph.D. (301) 496-4188
Financial/Grants Management: Tijuanna Decoster (301) 496-9231
 

Currently Supported Training Programs

 

California

University of California-Davis
Davis, CA 95616
Program Director: Cameron Carter, M.D.
Phone: (530) 757-8845
http://neurograd.ucsd.edu/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer 

University of California-San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093
Program Director: Timothy Gentner, Ph.D.
Phone: (858) 534-3377
http://neurograd.ucsd.edu Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA 94305
Program Director: John Huguenard, Ph.D.
Phone: (650) 725-6666
http://neuroscience.stanford.edu/education/phd_program/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer 

Colorado

University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, CO 80045
Program Director: Diego Restrepo, Ph.D.
Phone: (303) 724-3405
http://www.ucdenver.edu/neuroscience Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer 

Connecticut

Yale University
New Haven, CT 06520
Program Director: Haig S. Keshishian, Ph.D.
Phone: (203) 432-3478
http://info.med.yale.edu/neurosci/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer 

District of Columbia (Washington, DC)

Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
Program Director: Ludise Malkova, Ph.D.
Phone: (202) 687-0224
http://neuroscience.georgetown.edu Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer 

Iowa

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
Program Director: Daniel T. Tranel, Ph.D.
Phone: (319) 384-6050
http://neuroscience.grad.uiowa.edu Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Maryland

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD 21205
Program Director: Dwight Bergles, Ph.D.
Phone: (410) 955-6939
http://www.neuroscience.jhu.edu/index.php

University of Maryland
Baltimore, MD 21201
Program Director: Margaret M. McCarthy, Ph.D.
Phone: (410) 706-2655
http://neuroscience.umaryland.edu Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer 

Massachusetts

Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02454
Program Director: John E. Lisman, Ph.D.
Phone: (781) 736-3145
http://www.bio.brandeis.edu/neuro01/neuro_phd.html Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer 

Harvard University School of Medicine
Boston, MA 02115
Program Director: Rosalind A. Segal, M.D., Ph.D.
Phone: (617) 632-4737
http://www.hms.harvard.edu/dms/neuroscience/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Michigan

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Program Director: Cheryl Sisk, Ph.D.
Phone: (517)-355-5253
http://neuroscience.msu.edu/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Program Director: Edward L. Stuenkel, Ph.D.
Phone: (734) 763-4477
http://www.umich.edu/~neurosci/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer 

New York

Columbia University
New York, NY 10032
Program Director: Darcy Kelley, Ph.D.
Phone: (212) 854-5108
http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/dept/gsas/ac_programs/neoro_bio_frame.html Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York, NY 10029
Program Director: Stephen R. Salton, M.D., Ph.D.
Phone: (212) 549-5901
http://www.mssm.edu/gradschool/neu/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

New York University
New York, NY 10029
Program Director: Bernardo Rudy, M.D., Ph.D.
Phone: (212) 263-0431
http://neuroscience.med.nyu.edu Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer 

Rockefeller University
New York, NY 10065
Program Director: Charles D. Gilbert, M.D., Ph.D.

North Carolina

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Program Director: William D. Snider, M.D.
Phone: (919) 843-8536
http://wrp.med.unc.edu/neurobiology Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Winston-Salem, NC 27157
Program Director: Carol Milligan, Ph.D.
Phone: (336) 716-0499
http://www.wfubmc.edu/Neuroscience/Graduate+Program/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer 

Ohio

Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH 44106
Program Director: Joseph C. LaManna, Ph.D.
Phone: (216) 368-1112

University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45237
Program Director: James P. Herman, Ph.D.
Phone: (514) 558-4813
http://neuroscience.uc.edu/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer 

Oregon

Oregon Health and Sciences University
Portland, OR 97239
Program Director: Peter G. Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D.
Phone: (503) 494-2936
www.ohsu.edu/ngp/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer 
http://www.ohsu.edu/behneuro/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Program Director: Alan F. Sved, Ph.D.
Phone: (412) 624-6996
http://cnup.neurobio.pitt.edu/  Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer 

Rhode Island

Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Program Director: Diane Lipscombe, Ph.D.
Phone: (401) 863-1092
http://neuroscience.brown.edu/graduate/index.php  Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer 

Tennessee

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37232
Program Director: Mark T. Wallace, Ph.D.
Phone: (615) 936-3736
http://braininstitute.vanderbilt.edu  Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Texas

University of Texas-Austin
Austin, TX 78712
Program Director: Robert Adron Harris, Ph.D.
Phone: (512) 232-2514
http://www.biosci.utexas.edu/neuro Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

University of Texas, Health Sciences Center - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX 78229
Program Director: David A. Morilak, Ph.D.
Phone: (210) 567-4174
http://gsbs.uthscsa.edu/main/academics/graduprograms/phd/imgp/overview.asp Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Utah

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Program Director: Kristen Keefe, Ph.D.
Phone: (801) 585-7989
http://neuroscience.med.utah.edu/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer