Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders: Training Opportunities

Positions available for application to the Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders will be posted here as well as in professional journals.

Clinical Research Fellowship: A one-year research fellowship, with the option of a second year, in muscular dystrophy is being offered by the Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine beginning July 1, 2014. This training fellowship is supported by the NICHD-funded Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center. The fellowship is intended to promote the development of clinical researchers in the field of muscular dystrophy. Activities will include course work in the design and implementation of clinical trials, participation in clinical trials in muscular dystrophy and clinical evaluation of patients with muscle diseases, and education in muscle biopsy procedures and interpretation. Potential candidates should have completed a medical residency in the United States in the fields of neurology, pediatrics, or physical medicine and rehabilitation. Please fax cover letter and CV to Kathryn Wagner, MD, PhD, at (443) 923-9545.

Post-Doctoral Laboratory Research Fellowship: Scientists with experience in molecular or cell biology and interest in skeletal muscle are encouraged to apply for a position in the laboratory of Kathryn Wagner, MD, PhD. The laboratory focuses on muscle regeneration for muscular dystrophies. Current projects include growth factor and cytokine stimulation of muscle regeneration, novel mouse models of muscular dystrophy for pre-clinical testing and inhibition of fibrosis formation. Potential candidates should be highly motivated PhD or PhD candidates in the life sciences with excellent English writing skills. Please fax cover letter and CV to Kathryn Wagner at (443) 923-9545.

Undergraduate Tutorial: The Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders offers the opportunity for undergraduate students at Johns Hopkins University to obtain course credit through a clinical practicum entitled "Translational Medicine: Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Muscular Dystrophies." This two-credit tutorial will be tailored to provide clinical and basic science experience in the study of genetic muscle disorders. Students will spend four to six hours per week in our multidisciplinary clinic learning about the diagnosis and management of muscular dystrophies. Didactic teaching will be individualized based on the student's interests and will be supplemented by discussions of relevant articles from the scientific literature. Additional time may be spent learning about and assisting with clinical and basic science research projects. As a final project, students will prepare and present a discussion of a case seen in clinic at the weekly genetics conference at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Please contact Doris Leung, MD, for further details at leungd@kennedykrieger.org or (443) 923-9521.