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NINDS T32 Postdoctoral Training Program in Recovery and Restoration of CNS Health and Function

Massachusetts General Hospital and the School of Engineering and Institute for Brain Science at Brown University are collaborating through this early-career fellowship, training clinician-scientists and neuroengineers to leverage the computational neurosciences and to develop device-based interventions on behalf of patients who survive disabling brain injuries.


The goal of this exciting new multidisciplinary, multi-institutional training program based at Massachusetts General Hospital and the School of Engineering and Institute for Brain Science at Brown University, is to enhance recovery from disabling brain injuries by filling a pressing need for clinician-scientists and neuroengineers trained to leverage the computational neurosciences and to develop and test device-based and other interventions for patients. We seek post-doctoral (MD or MD/PhD) clinician-scientists and post-doctoral (PhD neuroengineers/computational neuroscientists to train under a multidisciplinary training faculty from anesthesia, biomedical engineering, computational neuroscience, neurology, neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, and radiology.

This program is designed to meet individual objectives. Research projects must be within at least one of the following four thematic areas:

  1. Clinical research and clinical trials
  2. Computational neuroscience
  3. From neural recording to neural imaging
  4. Neural repair and neuromodulation

The program’s core is a group of collaborative, multidisciplinary faculty mentors in engineering and the clinical neurosciences. We develop future academic researchers who have expertise in both engineering and clinical neuroscience, and who can communicate effectively across these domains.

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  • Must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents (Green Card holder)
  • Availability of 80% of effort
  • Post-doctoral (MD or MD/PhD) clinician-scientists, or post-doctoral (PhD) neuroengineers/computational neuroscientists
  • Confirmed mentor from T32 Faculty member list

Mentor List

Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Jonathan Rosand, MD, MSc, Neurology
  • Ross Zafonte, DO, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Merit Cudkowicz, MD, MSc, Neurology/Neurology Clinical Research Institute
  • Sydney Cash, MD, PhD, Neurology
  • Brian Edlow, MD, Neurology
  • Lee Schwamm, MD, Neurology
  • Leigh Hochberg, MD, PhD, Neurology
  • Giorgio Bonmassar, PhD, Radiology/Martinos Center
  • Bruce Rosen, MD, PhD, Radiology/Martinos Center
  • Emery Brown, MGH, PhD, Anesthesia
  • Justin Brown, MD, Neurosurgery
  • Joan Camprodon, MD, PhD, Psychiatry
  • Darin Dougherty, MD, MMSc, Psychiatry
  • Ziv Williams, MD, Neurosurgery
  • Joseph T. Giacino, PhD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Grant Iverson, PhD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Ana-Maria Vranceanu, PhD, Psychiatry
  • Alik W. Widge, MD, Psychiatry

Brown University

  • David Sheinberg, PhD, Neuroscience
  • Leigh Hochberg, MD, PhD, Engineering
  • Jonghwan Lee, PhD, Engineering
  • Arto Nurmikko, PhD, Engineering
  • Christian Franck, PhD, Engineering
  • David Borton, PhD, Engineering
  • Stephanie Jones, PhD, Neuroscience
  • Christopher Moore, PhD, Neuroscience
  • Wilson Truccolo, PhD, Neuroscience
  • Diane Hoffman-Kim, PhD, Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology
  • David Badre, PhD, Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences
  • Michael Frank, PhD, Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences
  • Thomas Serre, PhD, Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences
  • Theresa Desrochers, PhD, Cognitive Linguistic, & Psychological Sciences

Program Components

  • 80% of time spent on conducting a closely-mentored, independent research project in the laboratory of trainee’s primary mentor, and learning to collaborate with others (secondary mentor) as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Attend targeted seminars, journal clubs, visiting scholar talks, monthly lunches
  • Writing & Presenting – instruction and practice
  • Professional skills workshops
  • Attend Grand Rounds in the clinical specialty related to trainee research when relevant topics are being presented
  • Spend no more than 20% of time on clinical care
  • Participate in weekly lab meetings, in tutorials with the lab director related to their research and in all other lab activities.
  • Perfect proposals for K-awards or the equivalent during their 2nd year in the program
  • One course per year (audit or pass/fail) in advanced engineering or clinical trials methods in area of interest. The Program Director reserves the right to waive or adjust this requirement for trainees.

How to Apply

Applications will be kept confidential.

  • Please choose a T32 mentor or, if your current primary mentor is not listed as a T32 faculty member, please choose a T32 faculty member as a co-mentor prior to applying. This T32 is intended to provide a substantially new experience for its fellows. While collaboration amongst labs is encouraged, we generally expect that the primary mentor and lab will be different from the applicant’s current mentor/lab. In cases where the applicant wishes to propose continuing in their current lab, then they must make a clear case that their proposal is a departure from their current line of work
  • With the help of your mentor, and possibly co-mentor, design a project that fits the objectives and components of this training program.
  • Submit your current CV, a 2 page Letter of Intent (including aims, the methods for proposed project, and a plan for progression to independent funding after the project is completed) and your mentor’s and co-mentor’s NIH Biosketch to Katrina Screen,, along with the names of three referees who have agreed to be contacted as references.

Contact Us

Questions about the program can be directed to:


Jonathan Rosand, MD, MSc

Ross Zafonte, DO


David Sheinberg, PhD

Leigh Hochberg, MD, PhD |

Katrina Screen, MA
Program Manager

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