Overview

The Mentored Investigator Program recruits, supports, and follows the progress of graduate students, postdoctoral (Ph.D. or M.D.) fellows, and junior faculty in disciplines relevant to HNRC research. The objectives of the program is to assist enrollees with research training and experience in neuroAIDS through:

  1. Matching of trainees with appropriate faculty mentors and monitoring the process to encourage effective interactions and career development;
  2. Referral to and support for formal courses in methodology directly relevant to their research projects;
  3. Mentoring in the design, data collection, analysis, presentation and publication of research studies and in the process of developing and submitting peer reviewed grant proposals;
  4. Small grants or other aid to support their HNRC-related projects.


Fellowship Goals

The Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship in NeuroAIDs (IRFN), with funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), provides training and mentoring to clinical and basic scientists interested in careers in neuroAIDS research.

Training experiences emphasize the interdisciplinary and translational nature of clinical problems in neuroAIDS in order to prepare future scientists to tackle emerging questions in the field.

The IRFN pairs trainees with mentors from clinical and basic science backgrounds according to their research interests, and provides a clinical literacy program in neuroAIDS for basic scientists.

IRFN Fellows are exposed to cutting-edge scientific environments and have contact with some of the most respected neuroAIDS researchers in the world.

IRFN Fellows have access to resources at UCSD’s HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP) and the Del E. Webb Center for Neurosciences, Aging and Stem Cell Research Center at the Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research (SBIMR).

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