Visiting Scientist Scholars Program in Schizophrenia Research
(CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE)
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
- Neuroimaging Research Program (NRP)
- Maryland Brain Collection
- Outpatient Research Program (ORP)
- Treatment Research Program
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.