Training Program in Neurostatistics and Neuroepidemiology


There is a growing need for biostatisticians and epidemiologists with training in neurological applications. This focused training is necessary to enable methodologic development in areas that are urgently required for neurological research in progress. These include, for example, the problems of heterogeneity, nonignorable missing data, fMRI, array CGH, high throughput LOH studies, missing dates of onset, "soft" and highly variable endpoints (e.g. neuropsychological tests), and uncertain diagnoses.

This grant trains two pre-doctoral students and one post-doctoral student in biostatistics and one post-doctoral student in epidemiology. Epidemiology trainees are highly qualified MD specialist in neurology or related field. They develop expertise in epidemiologic and biostatistical methods, enabling him/her to pursue a successful academic career in clinical and translational neurologic diseases research. Trainees spend a minimum of two years in the Program. The Program will capitalize on the strong tradition of training in biostatistical and epidemiologic methods at HSPH and on the rich and varied resources in neurologic diseases research available at Harvard. Trainees complete coursework in biostatistical and epidemiologic methods and actively engage in collaborative research experiences, including many opportunities offered through the Harvard Center for Neurodegeneration and Repair.

Stipend and tuition support for this training program is funded through a National Institutes of Health grant (T32 NS048005).