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Fellowships and Training

Dr Gelfand With PatientWe are seeking motivated candidates for clinical fellowships in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology. Applicants should submit a CV and a description of their research interests to the Director of the Fellowship program, Dr. Jeffrey Gelfand, via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Applicants will also be asked to provide 2-3 letters of support as well as professional references who may be contacted by us. Select candidates will be invited to interview with relevant faculty mentors and will have an opportunity to learn more about the clinical and research environment at UCSF. We begin to offer interviews 12-18 months in advance of the start date and encourage applicants to contact us as soon possible to discuss their interest.

Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Training Fellowship: 1-2 years

Fellows will train in the UCSF comprehensive MS Clinical Center. This includes the Regional Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center, one of only ten clinics in the United States to care for children with MS. The center provides care for patients with MS and other inflammatory disorders of the central nervous system such as neuromyelitis optica, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, sarcoid and others. Fellows will receive extensive training in clinical evaluations and paraclinical testing related to diagnosis and care of these disorders in a superbly equipped environment that serves a diverse patient population. Fellows also participate in ongoing clinical trials of promising agents for MS. Cases are reviewed and discussed at weekly clinical conferences. Fellows also participate in weekly Fellow Journal Clubs and a formal curriculum on the fundamentals and state-of-the-art of clinical MS and neuroimmunological care. The goal of this fellowship is to acquire and build skills under the mentorship of leaders in the field, with the goal of launching a clinically-oriented career in academic medicine.

Requirements:
MD, board certified or board eligible in neurology or pediatric neurology.

Multiple Sclerosis Basic Science Clinical Fellowship: 2-3 years

Our basic science clinical fellows will work in the MS laboratory at the recently opened Sandler Neurosciences Center at our Mission Bay campus. Fellows will also obtain subspecialty training in MS and clinical neuroimmunology. The fellowship will include immersion in the widely varied research environment at UCSF, including retreats and journal clubs in all areas of basic neuroscience and neuroimmunology. The fellow will design and perform experiments focusing on MS pathophysiology or issues relevant to myelin regeneration and repair. There is extensive laboratory expertise in genetic epidemiology, computational biology, molecular biology, signaling, EAE/MS immunobiology, developmental/stem cell biology and imaging. The expectation is that research will be basic in nature but relevant to human disease. Mentors will guide and assist fellows in the preparation of applications for funding to continue career development or transition to independence.

Requirements:
MD, board certified or board eligible in neurology or pediatric neurology.

Multiple Sclerosis Postdoctoral Basic Science Fellowship: 2-3 years

Our basic science fellows will work in the MS laboratory at the recently opened Sandler Neurosciences Center at our Mission Bay campus. The fellowship will include immersion in the widely varied research environment at UCSF, including retreats and journal clubs in all areas of basic neuroscience and neuroimmunology. The fellow will design and perform experiments focusing on MS pathophysiology or issues relevant to myelin regeneration and repair. There is extensive laboratory expertise in genetic epidemiology, computational biology, molecular biology, signaling, EAE/MS immunobiology, developmental/stem cell biology and imaging. The expectation is that research will be basic in nature but relevant to human disease. Fellows will also have the opportunity to obtain subspecialty training in MS and clinical neuroimmunology. Mentors will also guide and assist fellows in the preparation of applications for funding to continue career development or transition to independence.

Requirements:
Ph.D, MD/Ph.D -- Note that this is a basic science post-doctoral fellowship and does not provide clinical training. For MDs or MD/Ph.D.s who wish to obtain clinical and basic science fellowship training, see the Multiple Sclerosis Basic Science Clinical Fellowship information above.