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Internship Opportunities

Summer Internship in Clinical Research

This is an 8 to 12-week posting in clinical research in schizophrenia and schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Interns are introduced to the principles and methods of clinical research with human subjects. Interns will be assigned to one of the three clinical programs at the MPRC that are involved in clinical research with schizophrenia patients (Outpatient Research Program, Treatment Research Program and the Schizophrenia Related Disorders Program). Interns work directly with faculty investigators in carrying out research protocols. Didactic instruction is focused on how to design a clinical research study, ethical conduct of research, and human subjects protection in clinical research. The trainees are introduced to specialized techniques such as eye tracking, neuropsychological testing, electrophysiological testing (PPI, P50), functional neuroimaging (fMRI), and standardized clinical interviews and rating scales. Trainees are introduced to ongoing genetic studies in schizophrenia with opportunities to work in the MPRC neurogenetics laboratory. The rotation provides a broad introduction to translational research. Interns attend journal clubs and research seminars presented by faculty and visiting scientists at the Center. The intern is encouraged to identify and develop a research question of his/her own. Interns are required to write up this brief research protocol and to present it to the research team at the end of the posting.

Interested students should contact the director, , for more information.

Visiting Scientist Scholars Program in Schizophrenia Research

This is a 12-week visiting scientist program in clinical and basic science research in schizophrenia. Scholars are introduced to the principles and methods of clinical and basic science research in schizophrenia and related disorders. Scholars are assigned to one of the MPRC programs

Scholars work directly with faculty investigators on ongoing research protocols. Didactic instruction is focused on research study design, ethical conduct of research, and human subjects protection in clinical research. Scholars are introduced to specialized techniques such as eye tracking, neuropsychological testing, electrophysiological testing (PPI, P50), functional neuroimaging (fMRI), and standardized clinical interviews and rating scales. Scholars learn about the ongoing molecular and genetic studies in schizophrenia with opportunities for observership in the MPRC neurogenetics and neuroscience laboratories. The rotation provides a broad introduction to translational research. Scholars attend journal clubs and research seminars presented by faculty and visiting scientists at the Center. The scholar is encouraged to identify and develop a research question of his/her own with a goal of seeking research funding and collaboration upon return to their home institutions.

Interested students should contact the director, Dr. Ikwunga Wonodi, for more information.