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New York State International Training & Research Program
Postdoctoral Training Program
Post-doctoral training at the Wadsworth Center Laboratories in Albany offers an intensive 1- to 2-year program for individuals with MD, DVM, and PhD degrees or PhD candidates who will conduct research for their dissertations in both the United States and their home countries. Fellows work under the direction of a dedicated mentor and participate in academic functions including courses at the School of Public Health in Albany, seminars, journal clubs, and research meetings. The goal of this training is for the fellow to conduct sustainable independent research at his/her home country institution. Wadsworth Center faculty support fellows by providing a strong background in bioethics, good clinical practice, and biosafety; helping fellows develop scientific presentations and grant writing skills; and teaching fellows the fundamentals of data management, research administration, and the management of intellectual property.
Note: Applicants in both degree programs and post-doctoral programs are required to participate in mandatory intensive ethics training sessions. Subjects covered include research ethics, data management, data ownership, publications, misconduct, and intellectual property issues. Information is also provided on informed consent in human subjects’ research, responsible use of animals, issues relating to genetic testing, and information and issues relating to conflicts of interest.
In-Country Training Program: Seminars and Workshops
Short-term in-country training programs will be held on a yearly basis. The curriculum for each of these courses will focus on specific issues of concern to the Eastern and Central European partners. The in-country program will use a workshop format that will utilize faculty members from the home country and faculty members from the US Program, with additional experts invited for formal presentations.
The short-term in-country programs have three goals:
Substance Use Prevention Research Training Program
The Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) provides fellows with a 1-year post-doctoral fellowship focused on community-based research in substance use prevention. (Courses of study less than 1 year may be considered, determined by fellow’s needs and faculty arrangement). Each fellow is assessed for research interests and strengths by a program faculty member. A fellow’s training is then linked to both a specific mentor and funded study and includes seminars and training courses through CDUHR. Field experiences will be available (i.e., street-based outreach prevention interventions, needle-exchange services) as well as rotations through SUNY-DMC’s HIV Clinic to observe successful integration of substance use and HIV care. CDUHR faculty will continue to mentor fellows after their return to their home country.
The recipient of the Substance Use Prevention Research Training will:
Advanced In-Country Research Training Support
Advanced In-Country Research Training funds support projects of fellows once they have returned to their home country after training. The focus of these training grants includes transfer and application of knowledge and technical expertise; expanding research capacity; and expanding collaborative research efforts in the home institution to assist trainees in becoming independently supported scientists.