Psychiatric Genetics

 

Fellowship Title:

US Psychiatric Genetics Research Training Program

Fellowship Description:

The goal of this training program is to provide U.S. biomedical scientists (MD and PhD) with the skills needed to study the genetic basis of mental health in the American Latino population. This training program includes opportunities to learn psychiatric genetics research methodologies, through direct involvement with several NIH funded genetics research projects on mental health in Latinos being conducted at the Psychiatric Genetics Center (PGC) at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). We currently have a training program in psychiatric genetics for mental health professionals from Costa Rica and Latin America (funded by the NIMH and the Fogarty International Center), and one goal of the research is to foster psychiatric research collaborations between new U.S, investigators and investigators from Latin America.

Training will cover five main areas: 1) Characterization of psychiatric phenotypes and endophenotypes (including brain imaging and neurocognitive measures), 2) Cultural competence as applied to research in Latino populations, 3) Molecular biology methods and techniques for the mapping and identification of genes which predispose to mental health in the Latino population, 4) Statistical analysis of collected data and 5) Ethics of psychiatric genetics research with cross-ethnic populations.
Stipends are available for all levels of this program.

This program proposes to provide training along three tracks: Track 1 consisting of 9 months of training for PGY III and IV Psychiatry Residents. Track 2 consists of 2 to 3 year clinical research fellowships for Psychiatrists and/or Psychologists (expected to have recently completed their specialty training). Track 3 will consist of 2 to 3 years of training for basic science post-doctoral trainees. Students may also elect to focus their research primarily on clinical, pharmacogenetics, statistical genetics methods or ethics of genetics research as these apply to Latino patients and families. At the completion of their training, students will have acquired expertise in the field of Psychiatric Genetics, in conducting ethical, effective research with Hispanic populations and in developing collaborative endeavors with researchers from the U.S. and Latin America.

The principal goal of our current training program is to provide investigators with the ability to design and carry out psychiatric genetic research studies in the Latino population of the United States and to collaborate with other researchers in Latino Mental Health in the United States and Latin America.

Web Address:

 

Email:

escamillam@uthscsa.edu and cc to garciaee@uthscsa.edu

Contact:

Michael A. Escamilla, M.D.
Associate Professor
The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
Mary Weir Professorship in Psychiatry
603 Navarro Suite 1200
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 562-5100

 

 

Fellowship Title:

US/Costa Rica Psychiatric Genetics Research Training Program

Fellowship Description:

This training program is a collaboration between the  University of Costa Rica and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  The program develops psychiatric researchers who will have impact in both Costa Rica and throughout Latin America. Our goal is to provide training for post doctoral Ph.D and MD applicants as well as pre doctoral students, who are interested in training on the genetics of  chronic neurodevelopmental disorders (both psychiatric and neurological).  While their base training will be in genetics, we recognize that genetics is not monolithic and encourage our trainees to take advantage of the full range of potential academic programs at our training center (South Texas Psychiatric Genetics Research Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio) and affiliated programs at our university, to complement their genetic training.  We will limit the post doctoral program to training in identifying a variety of phenotypes using the three most needed technological approaches for the research program at the University of Costa Rica and additional training in clinical assessments related to disorders of aging and neurodegeneration. The phenotyping variables of interest are neuroimaging, neuropathology and cognitive testing and clinical experiences will be in measuring and assessing dementias and cognitive declines associated with aging.  As new developments in phenotyping related to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder develop, we will also accommodate targeted mini-fellowships for psychiatric and psychological researchers as well.

Web Address:

 

Email:

escamillam@uthscsa.edu and cc to garciaee@uthscsa.edu

Contact:

Michael A. Escamilla, M.D.
Associate Professor
The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
Mary Weir Professorship in Psychiatry
603 Navarro Suite 1200
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 562-5100