The UCLA Training
Program in Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology, directed by Dr. David Glanzman,
focuses on predoctoral training and awarding traineeships to excellent Ph.D.
candidates. The training program focuses on an area of particular strength at
UCLA: the cellular and molecular mechanisms of neural plasticity, broadly
conceived. The Program educates students in all aspects of neuroscience, with a
particular focus on the application of molecular and cellular techniques to
specific neurobiological questions. The techniques and concepts of molecular
and cellular biology are increasingly important in the study of neural function
and development. Future research in neuroscience depends heavily on people
trained in both systems; neuroscience and molecular biology.
The goal of the
program is to train a cadre of neuroscience researchers whose work will be
instrumental in facilitating the next generation of therapies and prophylaxes
for diseases of the brain and central nervous system. All trainees participate
in an introductory course on clinical disorders of behavior, which is designed
to enable trainees to conceptualize the potential relevance of their research to
modern psychiatry and neurology, and thereby encourage trainees to engage in
translational biomedical research. In addition, trainees are required to take
the course, “Ethics and Accountability in Biomedical Research.” The goal of this
interactive seminar course is to instruct trainees in the responsible conduct of
science. Towards this end, the course examines various real-life situations in
research that involve ethical issues. Participation in workshops on ethics is
also required. The workshops will acquaint trainees with potential ethical
dilemmas that they might confront in their careers and how to resolve them.
Finally, training in the Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology program involves
one-on-one interactions in the laboratory and other program activities with
training faculty, including research seminars, short courses, and retreats.
major benefit of this program is that participation fosters interaction with a
variety of faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students in other Ph.D. programs at
UCLA who are investigating the nervous system from different perspectives. This
interaction provides Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience trainees with a broad
perspective of neuroscience research. Such a perspective is critical for
successful research careers in neuroscience in the 21st century.
The Training Program funds
fellowships for 4 predoctoral trainees each year.
David Glanzman, Training Program
X. William Yang
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Dr. David Glanzman
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