The HNRC Mentored Investigator Program (MIP) 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:
- Matching of trainees with appropriate faculty mentors and monitoring the process to encourage effective interactions and career development;
- Referral to and support for formal courses in methodology directly relevant to their research projects;
- 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;
- Small grants or other aid to support their HNRC-related projects.
Questions about the Mentored Investigator Program
- Who does the HNRC Train?
The HNRC is committed to tailoring our training opportunities to the backgrounds and interests of candidates from a variety of disciplines who join us with various levels of training and experience in research. We have and will continue to provide training and mentoring of medical students, doctoral students in clinical psychology, and postdoctoral fellows in Medicine, Psychiatry, Neurology, and Psychology.
- What Kind of Training Opportunities Are Available?
The length, intensity, and financial support of training at the HNRC is flexible. Commitments may range from brief (a few months) to several years, from part- to full-time, from voluntary to salaried. The goal may be a student M.D or Masters degree thesis, a Ph. D. thesis project, or an expanded post-doctoral training experience through involvement with several major studies. Salary support for post-doctoral fellows is available through a number of NIH and private fellowship programs. The HNRC Developmental Core has funds committed to the support of small pilot projects and supplemental training.
UCSD provides formal training in research methods thru its CTAS-sponsored Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI). This UCSD extension-affiliated clinical research training program awards both Certificates (20 academic hours) and Master degrees (36 academic hours) in Clinical Research. These two programs, called "Clinical Research Enhancement Through Supplemental Training" (CREST, http://crest.ucsd.edu/) and “Master of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research” (MAS-CR), are designed for the working professional in any biomedical discipline, requiring only two hours a week in class. UCSD-affiliated students receive a substantial discount in tuition, but the program is open to community members with the appropriate background in a clinical discipline.
In addition, advanced courses in UCSD graduate schools and seminar series in a variety of scientific areas abound in the rich research environment at and surrounding UCSD (the Salk, Scripps, Burnham, and many other research institutes are less than a mile from the UCSD campus in La Jolla).