The Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, Division of Brain Mapping of the UCLA School of Medicine, offers a two-year fellowship renewable after one year by mutual agreement of the fellow and the program director. The program provides opportunities to learn methodologies including PET, conventional and advanced MRI techniques, cryomacrotome sectioning of the human and nonhuman primate head, invasive mapping techniques such as optical intrinsic imaging and intraoperative mapping in human subjects and animal models.
Complex multi-disciplinary protocols involving clinical evaluations, multi-modality imaging approaches, neuropsychiatry and neuropsychological evaluation as well as electrophysiological tests are part of the exposure that each fellow has during the tenure of his or her fellowship. Exposure to and participation in a wide range of animal and laboratory experiences is also a component of the program and can be pursued by mutual agreement of the director and the fellow.
The laboratories are currently housed in the Reed Neurological Research Center and a dedicated 13,000 sq. ft. Brain Mapping building. Included are animal and human optical imaging cameras, two whole human head cryomacrotomes, a large computer facility for imaging and modeling, PET and cyclotron laboratories, an MRI lab, behavioral training and testing facilities and data viewing & computing labs.
For basic scientists, a PhD or equivalent degree is required as well as training in a basic field of neuroscience including: neurochemistry, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, neuropsychology, computer science or mathematical modeling. Basic scientists in this program have access to a broad spectrum of tracer kinetic techniques to study both normal physiology and neurochemistry as well as animal models of neurological and neurosurgical disorders. Laboratory space is available for performing such studies in primates, cats, and rodents as is state of the art autoradiographic and image analysis equipment which are available for such studies.
For MD's, board eligibility in neurology, neurosurgery, radiology or psychiatry are prerequisites. Physicians entering the program will gain an in-depth exposure to the techniques of emission computed tomography including positron emission tomography (PET). Correlational studies will also be performed with X-ray CT, single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and magnetic resonance imaging.
Qualified applicants should send a CV, personal statement and three letters of recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state that you are applying for a position as a Post Doc.