The Mount Sinai Summer Institute for NeuroAIDS Disparities

Summer Institute

Overview

MSINAD occurs over a 4 week period in the summer, and has didactic, career support, and research tutorial components. Scholars are given a series of didactic sessions tailored to their academic level, and also participate in a research tutorial with a local mentor selected to provide research competency germaine to the scholar's research area. Check-in sessions with program directors serve to assure that programmatic goals are realized. An example of a prior summer's lecture schedule is below.

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MSINAD SEMINAR TOPICS Welcome and walking tour of East Harlem Neuropathology of NeuroAIDS disorders Classification of HIV cognitive disorders Tools of neurology and HIV neurologic disorders
Psychiatric disorders in HIV HIV life cycle, host restriction factors Microglial cells in HIV Therapy of neuroAIDS disorders NeuroAIDS disorders in Hispanic populations
Comorbities in minorities and neuroAIDS Techniques of human genetic analysis, genetics and behavior Blood brain barrier and HIV Race and ethnicity from a genetics perspective Neurobiology of HIV
Antiretroviral therapies: general principals Minefields in academic medicine Women in science Career development Scholar presentations
Individual development plans Leadership and mentoring Grant budgeting Grant writing Cerebellar degenerations
Pediatric neuroAIDS disorders NIH grant mechanisms Minority populations and cognitive disease Neurological complications of HIV: OI HIV nephropathy in Africa
HIV-associated neuropathies Techniques in neuroimaging: MRI, MRS, DTI, fMR Career planning and positioning Methods of assessing therapy adherence in minorities Partnering with community: HIV prevention and CHAMP

The MSINAD curriculum aims to provide bridges between behavioral scientists studying phenotype and neuromedical or laboratory/translational scientists studying pathogenesis. It is constructed to provide individuals with fluency in both domains, and increase proficiency in the aspects of disease they wish to specialize in - be it neuropsychology, psychiatry, neuropathology, neurology, or translational laboratory neuroscience. While it is unreasonable to attempt training of individuals to master all domains of HIV neurobiology, we will attempt to train scientists to work within teams that offer this spectrum of specialization, and to understand how their unique proficiencies contribute to the larger opus in elucidating HIV neurobiology.

MSINAD draws upon a rich diversity of faculty in the New York metropolitan region, and allows research tutorials to be taken in any institution within commuting distance of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Primary materials for the summer research tutorial may, if appropriate, be derived from the Manhattan HIV Brain Bank.

Finally, all costs of attending the institute, including travel, lodging and living stipend, will be paid by MSINAD for recipients of the MSINAD Scholar Grant. In addition, upon graduating the program, scholars will be awarded grants of up to $20,000 to continue pursuit of their research topic in their originating institution. They will be expected to return to a seminar in the next summer's institute to give a presentation on the progress of their research, and to meet with NIMH program officers who can offer guidance in the scholars' next career steps to obtain federal funding.