Osher Center Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Integrative Medicine
A well recognized limitation of conventional medicine is its longstanding specialization, which often results in a view of the body as a collection of separate body parts or systems. Integrative medicine research seeks to understand connections across physiological systems (e.g. Does breathing influence the digestive system? Do body movements influence the immune system?). In addition, integrative medicine research emphasizes integration of research approaches “from cells to animal models to patients.” For example, we know that mechanical forces have profound effects on cells in a culture dish, but how does this translate to physiological processes in a whole animal or human?
The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, established in 2002, is a joint program of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is supported by a gift from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The mission of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is to combine research, education, and clinical care to move medicine toward a new model of wellness and healing.
The Osher Center funds pre-doctoral fellowships in Integrative Medicine research. The fellowship program will be open to Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS) graduate students1 and will provide $10,000/year to cover part of the student’s costs (to include stipend and/or supplies), as well as a $2,000 travel stipend; the fellowship is renewable for 2 years.
Projects are required to:
- Include relevance to cross-system and translational integration;
- Add a new collaboration (new to the lab) between the student's parent lab and another lab or research group, with preference for adding a translational component into an animal model or human model (if appropriate).
Note: The yearly $10,000 will go to the lab that is paying the student’s stipend and tuition. The principal investigator (PI) of the collaborating lab will not be required to be a co-mentor or be part of the student's thesis committee. However, the collaborating PIs will be required to meet quarterly, with the student, and the student will submit a report of these meetings, as well as a yearly progress report to the Osher Center. Renewal of the fellowship will be contingent upon satisfactory completion of these requirements.
The Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program is led by Drs. Helene Langevin, Osher Center Director, and Peter Wayne, Osher Center Research Director. These individuals and other faculty and staff will comprise the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Steering Committee. All members of the Steering Committee will work closely together in the areas of student selection and evaluation of research projects. The Steering Committee will meet at least twice annually to review student recruitment, select applicants, and review and evaluate the research mentorship and progress of the trainees. Management and staff of the Osher Center will provide financial and operational management and support to the Program.
For questions about eligibility and format, please contact Aterah Nusrat: Tel.: (617) 525-8737 | E-mail: email@example.com
Application and review process: The next round of applications will be announced in the Summer of 2016.
Applications are accepted via e-mail. Please contact Aterah Nusrat regarding the application process.
Letters of Recommendation: Please have recommenders email letters of recommendation directly to HMSOsherCenter@partners.org.
1 This program is open to all HILS graduate students, with the exception of those students in the Biological Sciences in Dental Medicine Program.
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