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Training Opportunities

Training Opportunities

The leadership and faculty of the NRI are dedicated to provide excellent training to graduate students and postdoctoral trainees in the basic mechanisms of brain development and particularly the application of this knowledge in furthering an understanding of disorders of the developing nervous system. To this end, the following training opportunities have been created -

Multidisciplinary Training in Brain Disorders and Development -

This is an interdepartmental NIH-funded (T32) program for providing additional training to postdoctoral fellows. NRI director, Dr. Huda Zoghbi is the Program Director and NRI co-director, Dr. John Swann is the training Program Director responsible for the day-to-day operation of the program.  For detailed information about this training program, including a list of training mentors, current and former trainees, click here.

Developmental Brain Disorders Dinners -

Another training opportunity for postdoctoral fellows at the NRI and for the Child Neurology residents and fellows training at Texas Children's Hospital is through the Developmental Brain Disorders Dinners organized by Drs. John Swann and Huda Zoghbi. The purpose of these meetings is to foster discussion and exchange of information between clinicians and scientists who are interested in developmental brain disorders. They offer faculty from various basic sciences and clinical departments at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital a platform to discuss the scientific and clinical challenges of specific developmental brain disorder or cutting-edge technologies.

Two or more discussion leaders, typically faculty of Baylor College of Medicine or Texas Children's Hospital, lead an informal discussion. Usually, a clinician begins the presentation by briefly describing the clinical features of the disorder. Then a research scientist reviews what is known about cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie the condition. To promote an active and dynamic discussion among all the attendees, formal slide presentations are not used. Instead, the discussion leaders often use a whiteboard to clarify key points.

Through these discussions, scientists learn more about clinical challenges faced by neurologists who treat childhood neurological disorders while clinicians are brought up-to-date on the most recent scientific discoveries and new cutting-edge technologies. These dinners promote networking and collaborations among clinicians and basic science researchers.

NRI Dinner Seminar Series -

This is a monthly dinner seminar series organised by Drs. Joshua Shulman and Mingshan Xue. The goal of this formal seminar series is to train advanced graduate students or postdoctoral trainees to present their research in front of a diverse audience. The speakers are nominated and introduced by their NRI faculty mentors.The scientific presentations are followed by a catered dinner which offers an excellent opportunity for NRI faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to interact with one another and has led to many fruitful scientific collaborations.