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Call for Applications for Two-Year Fellowship to Support ALS Clinical Research Training

April 28, 2014

The ALS Association and American Brain Foundation (ABF) announce a call for applications for a two-year fellowship to support clinical research training for the field of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. For this fellowship, clinical research is defined as “patient-oriented research conducted with human subjects, or translational research specifically designed to develop treatments or enhance diagnosis of neurological disease. These areas of research include epidemiologic or behavioral studies, clinical trials, studies of disease mechanisms, the development of new technologies, biomarker discovery and molecular neuropathy, and health services and outcomes research.” Disease-related studies not directly involving humans or human tissue are also encouraged if the primary goal is the development of therapies, diagnostic tests, or other tools to prevent or mitigate neurological diseases.

This fellowship’s beneficiary will receive $55,000 annually for a two year period, totaling $110,000, in addition to $10,000 per year for two years of tuition to support formal education in clinical research methodology at the applicant’s institution or elsewhere.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for young clinician scientists to engage in ALS research. Their involvement is critical to further advancing the field,” said Lucie Bruijn, Ph.D., M.B.A., Chief Scientist at The ALS Association.

Eligibility for this award includes membership of the American Academy of Neurology interested in the clinical research profession, who has completed residency or a post-doctoral fellowship within the past five years. Applicants early in their clinical research careers will receive priority.

Application deadline is October 1, 2014. Fellowship recipients will receive notification in January 2015, and funding will begin on July 1, 2015. Additional details regarding this fellowship, including the application link, materials required for application and evaluation and selection guidelines, are available.  If you have questions about the fellowship, contact Kristin Roehl, Grants Program Manager, at kroehl@aan.com or at (612) 928-6082.

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