The fellow is exposed to the basics of clinical research, participating as co-investigator under a number of investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored clinical research trials. The fellow will undergo training and certification by the Cedars-Sinai Institutional Review Board in the protection of human subjects and good clinical practice, in addition to being trained and certified in standard clinical rating scales in movement disorders.
Fellows interested in more rigorous research training have the opportunity to study biostatistics and are encouraged to develop independent research projects, particularly during the optional second year. These projects may focus on one of the core areas of expertise at Cedars-Sinai — regenerative medicine, neuroimaging, clinical outcomes research and neurophysiology.
The fellow will have the option of attending bimonthly human neurophysiology research seminars led by Ueli Rutishauser, PhD and sponsored by Cedars-Sinai and California Institute of Technology, or monthly regenerative medicine research seminars led by Clive Svendsen, PhD. Those interested in transcranial magnetic stimulation can take advantage of our collaboration with Marco Iacoboni, MD, PhD, and Allan Wu, MD, at the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center at UCLA. The fellow with interests or expertise outside these areas may choose to pursue an independent course drawing on the abundant resources in the Cedars-Sinai umbrella, including the Cedars-Sinai Graduate Program in Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
In addition, fellows have the option of enrolling in the Cedars-Sinai Clinical Scholars Program, a course of study offered at our institution that is designed to train promising young physicians for a career in clinical research. This program offers a dedicated curriculum of biostatistics, bioethics, data management, clinical trial design, manuscript writing and grant writing.