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Contact: David Barondess
Graduate Program Director
epigrad@epi.msu.edu  

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Research Training in Drug Dependence Epidemiology

Dr. James C. (Jim) Anthony serves as the director of our NIH/NIDA supported T32 and D43 research training fellowship programs based in the Department of Epidemiology within Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. 

Postdoctoral and predoctoral fellowship positions are available each year for highly motivated U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card holders). In an individualized program of study, fellows seek mastery of advanced concepts, principles, and research approaches used in epidemiology as applied in the study of drug dependence processes, from its earliest stages - the first opportunity to try a drug - through its later complications, such as drug overdose and HIV/AIDS. Etiological studies and prevention research designs are encouraged, as are genetics-informed studies (behavior genetics, gene-gene and gene-environment interaction research). Our fellows are not MSU employees or GAs and do not work on an hourly basis; instead, they receive a fellowship stipend for completing courses, work groups, research apprenticeship activities, and leading their own research projects. The postdoctoral stipend ranges from roughly $40,000 to - $55,000 depending on years since award of doctoral degree and each fiscal year's NIH budget, and the stipend for predoctoral fellows is set at a value just above 1/2 of the basic post-doctoral stipend. More details on these NRSA T32 stipends are provided here: 

http://grants.nih.gov/training/nrsa.htm#stipends

http://grants.nih.gov/training/NRSA_Stipend_History_Graph.pdf

In addition to the stipend, this program includes health insurance coverage, the cost of tuition and fees, and provides an allowance for supplies (e.g.: computer) and conference travel. Predoctoral fellows must be enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Epidemiology at MSU, unless special arrangements are made and agency approval is secured.

The program is comprised of departmental faculty with background in NIDA training and drug dependence as well as others in the Department of Epidemiology and at the University who have current funding for research in the NIDA portfolio and other related research (e.g., NIMH, NIAAA, CDC, AHRQ). Collaborating MSU departments include: Pharmacology and Toxicology, Psychiatry, Neurology, Psychology, Family Practice, Medicine, Kinesiology, and Family and Child Ecology. Faculty are strongly to committed to teaching and mentoring.

To apply, please send an email describing your interest in the program along with a current CV to epigrad@epi.msu.edu as well as r25@epi.msu.edu Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with no specific deadlines for submission.

Through 2016, the program leadership group includes NIDA grantees Professor Siddarth Chandra and Dr. Qing Lu, as well as Dr. Anthony, a NIDA K05 Senior Scientist awardee.