Recognizing the critical need for neuromuscular research, the AANEM Foundation is offering a one-year award to institutions to provide clinical research training for board-certified or board-eligible neurologists, physiatrists, or clinical neurophysiologists. The AANEM Foundation Clinical Research Fellowship award will support clinical research training to provide insights and answers about the safety and effectiveness of the neurological application of neurotoxins.
“There is a need to recruit and train clinical researchers in neuromuscular medicine however there is a shortage of clinical investigators because funding is limited. Funding for research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has remained level making it difficult for training institutions to obtain new NIH funding to support clinical research fellowships,” noted Shirlyn Adkins, executive director of the AANEM Foundation.
“Through partnerships with other organizations and companies that share our goal of increasing neuromuscular research, we hope to ultimately improve the quality of healthcare and treatment for patients with nerve and muscle disorders. The AANEM Foundation hopes to identify additional partnerships to offer more fellowship opportunities in the near future,” added Brenda Riggott, director of foundation and corporate relations.
The institution will receive $60,000 in salary support for one year plus $10,000 for tuition to support the applicant’s formal education in clinical research methodology. The AANEM will provide free meeting registration plus $1,000 for the fellow to attend the AANEM Annual Meeting to present the research.
The AANEM Foundation for Research & Education’s mission is to advance research and science related to muscle and nerve disorders. Clinical research is important to enhance patient health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of neuromuscular disease and the disabilities that can result from the diseases. This fellowship is partially funded through an unrestricted grant from Allergan to the AANEM Foundation.
Institutions interested in applying for fellowship funding will identify potential research fellows who will begin a traditional one-year neuromuscular medicine, clinical neurophysiology, or electrodiagnostic medicine fellowship in July 2015. The AANEM Foundation Clinical Research Fellowship will begin July 2016.
The training institution should nominate candidates who are interested in a second year research fellowship and pursuing academic research careers. Institutions with established neurology, neuromuscular medicine, clinical neurophysiology, or physical medicine and rehabilitation fellowship training programs are eligible to apply and are responsible for the recruitment, selection, nomination, and training of the postdoctoral fellows. Institutional fellowship applications will be reviewed by the AANEM Foundation Research Committee and a recommendation made to the AANEM Foundation Board of Directors.
Application deadline is May 1, 2015, with the first round of selection for 2016-17 fellows. Institutions will be notified in May 2015. Complete application details and fellowship details can be found at www.aanemfoundation.org/Research-Grants.aspx.