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 includes education in multiple levels of analysis, and an understanding of the tools, technologies, and methods used in contemporary neuroscience research. We also expect that training will be grounded in principles of rigorous experimental design, an understanding of the critical need for, and proper use of, statistics, and quantitative literacy.  Students should gain an understanding of the neurobiological basis of diseases and disorders of the nervous system as part of their core knowledge. The portion of the institutional training program supported by a Jointly Sponsored Predoctoral training grant typically includes core courses, laboratory rotations, and programmatic activities including development of professional skills.  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. The current FOA is PAR-17-096.  The next application deadline is May 25, 2019.  For calendar year 2018, Ashlee Van’t Veer is the committee chairperson. Please contact her by email (Ashlee.Van’tVeer@nih.gov) or phone (301.443.3107) if you have questions.

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Participating Institutes and Program Contacts

National Institute on Aging (NIA

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

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: Ashlee Van’t Veer, Ph.D. (301) 443-3107 
Financial/Grants Management: Theresa Jarosik (301) 443-3858

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS

Scientific/Research: Letitia Weigand, Ph.D. (301) 451-7968
Financial/Grants Management: Tijuanna Decoster (301) 496-9231
 

Currently Supported Training Programs
 

California:

University of California-Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
Program Director: Daniel Feldman, PhD
Phone number: (510) 642-8915
http://neuroscience.berkeley.edu/ph-d-program/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

University of California-Davis
Davis, CA 95618
Program Director: W. Martin Usrey, PhD
Phone number: (530) 754-5468
https://neuroscience.ucdavis.edu/training-program-basic-neuroscience Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Program Director: Anthony Ricci, PhD
Phone Number: (650) 736-1290
http://med.stanford.edu/neurogradprogram.html Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Program Director: Pat Levitt, PhD
Phone Number: (323) 361-7868
https://ngp.usc.edu/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Colorado:

University of Colorado-Denver
Aurora, CO 80045
Program Director: Sukumar Vijayaraghavan, PhD
Phone Number: (303) 724-4531
http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/programs/Neuroscience/Pages/Neuroscience.aspx Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Connecticut:

Yale University
New Haven, CT 06520
Program Director: Charles Greer, PhD
Phone Number: (203) 785-4034
https://medicine.yale.edu/neuroscience/graduate_program/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

District of Columbia (Washington D.C):

Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
Program Director: Ludise Malkova, PhD
Phone Number: (202) 687-2791
https://neuroscience.georgetown.edu/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Georgia:

Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia 30322
Program Director: Yoland Smith, PhD
Phone Number: (404) 727-7519
http://www.biomed.emory.edu/PROGRAM_SITES/NS/index.html Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Iowa:

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
Program Director: Daniel Tranel, PhD
Phone Number: (319) 335-6050
https://neuroscience.grad.uiowa.edu/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Maryland:

University of Maryland-Baltimore
Baltimore, MD 21201
Program Director: Jessica Mong, PhD
Phone Number: (410) 706-4295
http://lifesciences.umaryland.edu/neuroscience/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD 21205
Program Director: Dwight Bergles, PhD
Phone Number: (410) 955-6939
http://neuroscience.jhu.edu/graduate Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Massachusetts:

Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02453
Program Director: Leslie Griffith, MD/PhD
Phone number: (781) 736-3125
http://www.bio.brandeis.edu/grad/neuro/index.html Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA 02115
Program Director: Rosalind Segal, MD/PhD
Phone Number: (617) 632-4737
http://www.hms.harvard.edu/dms/neuroscience/index.html Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Michigan:

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Program Director: Edward Stuenkel, PhD
Phone Number: (734) 763-9638
http://neuroscience.med.umich.edu/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Minnesota:

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Program Director: A. David Redish, PhD
Phone Number: (612) 626-6474
http://www.neuroscience.umn.edu/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

New York:

Columbia University Health Sciences
New York, NY 10032
Program Director: Wesley Grueber, PhD
Phone Number: (212) 853-1735 or (212) 853-1733
https://www.gsas.cuimc.columbia.edu/neurobiology-and-behavior Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY 10029
Program Director: Stephen Salton, MD/PhD
Phone Number: (212) 824-9308
https://icahn.mssm.edu/about/departments/neuroscience Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

New York University School of Medicine
New York, 10010
Program Director: Bernardo Rudy, MD/PhD
Phone Number: (212) 263-0431
https://med.nyu.edu/departments-institutes/neuroscience/education/graduate-training Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

North Carolina:

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Program Director: Mark Zylka, PhD
Phone Number: (919) 966-2540
https://www.med.unc.edu/neuroscience/curriculum/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Ohio:

University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45267
Program Director: James Herman, PhD
Phone number: (513) 558-5636
https://med.uc.edu/neurosciences Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Oregon:

Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR 97239
Program Director: Gary Westbrook, MD
Phone number: (503) 494-5429
https://wwwapi.ohsu.edu/xd/education/schools/school-of-medicine/academic-programs/neuroscience-graduate-program/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Pennsylvania:

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Program Director: Joshua Gold, PhD
Phone Number: (215) 746-0028
http://www.med.upenn.edu/ngg/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Program Director: Alan Sved, PhD
Phone Number: (412) 624-6996
http://www.neuroscience.pitt.edu/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Rhode Island:

Brown University
Providence, RH 02912
Program Director: Diane Lipscombe, PhD
Phone Number: (401) 863-3029
http://neuroscience.brown.edu/graduate/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Tennessee:

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37235
Program Director: Danny Winder, PhD
Phone Number: (615) 322-1144
https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/brain-institute/neuroscience-graduate-program Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Texas:

University of Texas-Austin
Austin, TX 78759
Program Director: Robert Harris, PhD
Phone Number: (512) 232-2514
https://neuroscience.utexas.edu/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio
San Antonio, TX 78229
Program Director: David Morilak, PhD
Phone Number: (210) 567-4174
http://uthscsa.edu/neuroscience/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Washington:

University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Program Director: Jane Sullivan, PhD
Phone Number: (206) 543-4038
http://depts.washington.edu/neurogrd/the-program/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer