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Research Training in Rheumatology

Institutional T32 Fellowship Award

This National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)/NIH T32 award 'Academic Training in Rheumatology' provides salary support for four postdoctoral fellows, in the T32 range (based on years of training) for two years.

The UCLA 'Academic Training in Rheumatology' focuses on the broad discipline of rheumatology, spanning basic, translational and clinical immunology, genetics, molecular biology of joint, bone, vascular and immune systems, clinical intervention and therapeutics, health quality, outcomes and policy, with a particular intention to bridging molecular medicine and health care delivery. Trainees are encouraged to develop trans-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary, inter-departmental or inter-divisional research proposals.

Trainees will conduct research projects under the supervision of a primary mentor and progress is evaluated periodically by mentoring committees, consisting of a lead mentor, a co-mentor, and one or more research preceptors who are not directly involved in the trainee's project.

We encourage the recruitment, retention, and training of scholars who are members of underrepresented groups and diverse specialties.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Candidates must have an MD, DO, and/or PhD degree, and must be committed to an academic career in research in rheumatic diseases or in immunology with implications for rheumatic diseases.
  • The candidate must be willing to spend a minimum of 75 percent (preferably, 90 percent) of full-time professional effort conducting didactic training, research, career development, and/or research related activities.
  • Candidates either have had previous training or are willing to pursue new training on research methodology in their chosen area of investigation, with emphasis on translational medicine.
  • Preference will be given to applications with primary mentors or co-mentors funded by grants from the NIH or VA.  Preference will also be given to mentors or co-mentors in the Division of Rheumatology.

Specific requirements:

  1. Clinical fellows (MD) in their second or third years of fellowship.
  2. Residents or Research fellows (PhD or MD) entering a research career in rheumatic diseases or in immunology with strong implications for rheumatic diseases.
  3. US Citizenship or Permanent Residency.  

Applications will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  1. scientific background
  2. commitment to a career in basic and translational investigations
  3. quality of research proposal
  4. Quality of mentor(s)

Should the research of trainees involve animal or human subjects, appropriate ARC or IRB approval will be required prior to the distribution of funds.

Please send CV, personal statement (one page), 3-page research proposal (including supporting materials, excluding references, format 1 inch margins and no smaller than Arial 11 font), Biosketch and research support of your mentor and co-mentors, a letter from your mentor describing your training plan, and a letter from your Department Chair or Division Chief confirming that you are able to commit the time to this T32 program. 

Please send your materials via email or regular mail to:
Ram Raj Singh, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Pathology; Member, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center; Program Director, UCLA 'Academic Training in Rheumatology'. RRSingh@mednet.ucla.edu  310-825-5410  Fax: 310-206-8606

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