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Research Training in Perinatal Epidemiology

An NICHD-supported T-32 training program in perinatal epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology in Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine is seeking highly motivated U.S. citizens/permanent residents who would like to obtain either pre-doctoral or post-doctoral research experience and training in the causes and prevention of pregnancy, newborn and infant disorders, and the relationship of pre- and perinatal phenomena to later human health. The annual stipend is $21,180 for pre-doctoral students, and ranges, for post-doctoral students, from $37,740 to $52,068 depending on years since award of doctoral degree. In addition, the program covers health insurance for the trainee and dependents, tuition, and provides an allowance for research supplies (e.g. computer) and conference travel.

The Department of Epidemiology has eight full-time faculty members whose research in whole or in part addresses disorders of pregnancy and the perinatal period, and is home to several NIH-funded research projects exploring preterm delivery, perinatal brain damage, pregnancy diet and exercise, neurodevelopmental disorders, perinatal infections and pregnancy immunology. The collaborating Department of Pediatrics and Human Development hosts a regional prenatal screening service, and has research projects investigating the molecular epidemiology of Group B streptococci, the role of stem cells in cancer development, and the genetics of attention deficit disorder and hearing impairment. Faculty are strongly committed to mentoring and teaching.

To apply, please send an email describing your interest in the training program, accompanied by a C.V., to the Program Director, Nigel Paneth, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Epidemiology and Pediatrics and Human Development.

We have been awarded funding for our second five-year training cycle to begin May 1, 2010. We welcome Pre- and Post-doctoral applicants at this time. Pre-doctoral applicants must be enrolled in the Ph.D. program in epidemiology at MSU, or must simultaneously apply for admission to the doctoral program.

To initiate the application process, please email a C.V. and letter of interest to Nigel Paneth, M.D., M.P.H., Program Director at npaneth@epi.msu.edu

Training faculty include:

Program Director - Nigel Paneth, M.D., M.P.H.
University Distinguished Professor
Departments of Epidemiology and Pediatrics & Human Development
Associate Program Director

H. Dele Davies, M.D., M.Sc.
Professor and Chair
Pediatrics & Human Development

William A. Anderson, Ph.D.
Office of Medical Education Research & Development (OMERAD)

James C. (Jim) Anthony, M.Sc., Ph.D

Naomi Breslau, Ph.D.

Rachel Fisher, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.
Professor Emerita
Pediatrics & Human Development

Ira Gewolb, M.D.
Associate Chair for Research
Pediatrics & Human Development

Violanda Grigorescu, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Division Director
Division of Genomics, Perinatal Health & Chronic Epidemiology
Michigan Department of Community Health

Claudia Holzman, D.V.M., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Barbara Luke, Sc.D., M.P.H.
Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Biology and Epidemiology

Zhehui Luo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Epidemiology, Division of Biostatistics

James M. Pivarnik, Ph.D.
Departments of Epidemiology and Kinesiology

Philip L. Reed, PhD, MS.
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Director of the Biomedical Research & Informatics Center

Ellen Velie, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor

Julie Wirth, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor