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The NIH/NINDS-funded T32 Neuro-epidemiology Training Program prepares neurologists and other research scientists for careers in epidemiological research focusing on neurologic disorders. Since its inception, the program has trained neurologists and neuroscientists who have gone on to become leaders in neuro-epidemiology at the NIH and at major academic centers around the U.S.
Continuously funded since 1981, the program capitalizes on the strengths of the Department of Neurology, the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Mailman School of Public Health, and the inter-disciplinary Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center, all at Columbia University Medical Center.
The program provides structured, didactic training combined with the opportunity to participate in and expand upon ongoing epidemiologic studies of neurologic disease conducted by program faculty. Trainees have the opportunity to work in large ongoing epidemiological studies utilizing multiple study designs, including case-control and prospective cohort studies such as the Northern Manhattan Study and the Washington-Heights Inwood Study of Aging, among others.
Past trainees have successfully competed for independent funding from the NIH and other sources. All trainees spend a minimum of two years in the program. Pursuit of a degree (MS in epidemiology) is recommended, but not required.