DSMM Track: Neuroscience

A 2007 report from the World Health Organization estimated that one billion people around the world suffer from some form of neurological disease across all ages. In the past two decades, there has been an explosion of new knowledge and understanding of the nervous system. These basic science advances have led to new ways of understanding human neurological disease and new insights into the effective control of these diseases. However, for most neurological diseases, clinicians still face great challenges.

The goal of the Duke Scholars in Neurosciences Program is to provide training for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scientists interested in neuroscience-related research to interact with physicians to gain experience and an understanding of the clinical problems in neurological diseases.

The mission of the Duke Scholars in Neuroscience (DSNS) track is:

  • Provide young, creative basic scientists with opportunities to interact with physicians in neurology, psychiatry, and neurogenetics in a clinical setting.

  • Develop interactions among scientists and clinicians to foster innovative scientific hypotheses that potentially lead to new approaches to translate bench-to-beside and bedside-to-bench research on neurological diseases.

What are the key program components?

  • Adult and Pediatric Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neurogenetics Clinic Rotations

  • Neurology and Neurogenetics Case Conference and Journal Club

  • Introduction to Neuropathology, Neurophysiology, Neuroimaging, Molecular and Biochemical Genetics Diagnostic laboratory facilities

  • Guest Faculty Meetings

  • Participation at a national conference focused on clinical neurological research

Who should apply?

Any pre-doctoral students or post-doctoral fellows interested in studying neurological diseases in current or future training should apply. Successful collaborations often develop from diverse scientific backgrounds and therefore individuals from any research background are encouraged to apply.

For more information, contact: 

Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD
Miles Berger, MD, PhD
Alison Adcock, MD, PhD

Divisions & Departments

Department of Anesthesiology

Department of Neurology

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

Division of Neurosurgery - Department of Surgery

Division of Neuroradiology -Department of Radiology

Duke Brain Imaging and Analysis Center


Neuroscience Faculty Bios

Neuroscience Scholars