Specialized Training Programs

The Brain Research Institute administers training grants in several neuroscience fields. These training grants provide research opportunities and support for trainees pursuing predoctoral and postdoctoral study in Neuroscience at UCLA.

Interdepartmental Clinical Pharmacology Training Program (T32)

The UCLA Interdepartmental Clinical Pharmacology Training Program (ICPTP) is a highly structured mentored clinical scholar program in patient-oriented research that is broad, interdisciplinary and focused on the area of clinical pharmacology and experimental therapeutics. This field bridges molecular medicine and health care and covers all areas of clinical medicine. The renewed T32 Clinical Pharmacology Training Program grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) provides each participant with salary support and career development for a minimum of two years. During 2013-2014, four postdoctoral trainees were supported by the T32 training grant. Concurrent with the ICPTP is the K30 Training Program, which is now part of the UCLA Clinical Translation Science Award held by the David Geffen School of Medicine, which offers a curriculum in translational investigation, principally designed for residents and clinical faculty interested in research. For complete program details click here.


Neuroendocrinology, Sex Differences and Reproduction

The training program in Neuroendocrinology, Sex Differences and Reproduction is for both predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees, and has been funded continuously since 1980. The current Program Director is Dr. Arthur P. Arnold. This program represents the educational activities of a group of twelve faculty laboratories comprising the Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology (LNE) of the Brain Research Institute. The activities of the LNE include graduate and undergraduate courses in neuroendocrinology, the weekly brown-bag seminar on current topics in neuroendocrinology, exchange of research ideas and methods among member laboratories, research opportunities for students at all levels, and the annual Charles Sawyer lectureship in neuroendocrinology. Research of the faculty spans all analytical levels in the field of neuroscience, from the molecular to the behavioral. Research interests include sex determination and sexual differentiation, hormonal regulation of neural function, gender differences in disease, cellular and molecular analysis of neural development, neural regulation of gonadal and adrenal function, glial neurobiology, stress, aging, neuroendocrine immunology, growth factors and cytokines, and genetic approaches. Although the main focus is on basic research in neuroendocrinology, some faculty are also involved in direct analysis of human disease and clinical trials to develop new neuroendocrine therapies.

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Postdoctoral Programs

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Translational Investigation Program (K30)

The UCLA Graduate Training Program in Translational Investigation (also known as the K30 Program) was developed to provide clinicians with the necessary training to become successful patient-oriented investigators who can bridge molecular medicine and clinical research.

This program has a curriculum that assists participants in preparing highly competitive:

  • Patient-oriented studies
  • K23 applications
  • NIH R01 grants in clinical research
  • Research papers for publication in prestigious general medical /scientific journal

UCLA Bioscience Neuroscience Training Grants

Click here for a list of bioscience neuroscience training grants at UCLA.


UCLA Bioscience Training Grants

Click here for a list of bioscience training grants at UCLA.