NeuroNEXT presents a rich environment for early stage investigators to create and develop additional research and clinical trial skills that are critical for pursuing careers in academic clinical research. To this end, the network now includes a new initiative to provide research experiences and career enhancement opportunities to early stage investigators.
The curriculum includes required courses, recommended group meetings, mentor meetings, webinars and courses designed to help you become familiar with clinical research, clinical trials and the responsibilities of principal investigators (PIs). We also work with NeuroNEXT fellows (e.g. junior faculty, clinical fellows) to identify a clinical trials mentor for them during their training.
NeuroNEXT fellows will work with our Career Enhancement Director, Nathalie Jette, MD, and PIs, Aaron Miller, MD and Adilia Hormigo, MD, PhD to develop and execute a specific research and career development plan with mentorship tailored to their own interests and available resources within the Mount Sinai Health System and the NeuroNEXT Network.
We hope that participation in the NeuroNEXT career enhancement experience will lead to application for other National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)-sponsored career development awards and fellowships or proposals to National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other sponsors for their own clinical trials. Candidates should have a focus/long term career interest in clinical trials research and demonstrated potential for an independent research career.
The NeuroNEXT fellows participate in practicing medicine and furthering a career in academic medicine. Our fellows receive unrivaled opportunities, support through clinical experiences, health care initiatives and mentorship at ISMMS.
Our current fellows are:
Ji Yeoun Yoo, MD
2019 NeuroNEXT Fellow
Jenna Yoo, MD is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Epileptologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. As a clinician and educator, she monitors/interprets electroencephalograms (EEGs), evaluates/treats patients with seizures and epilepsy, and serves as Director of the Epilepsy Fellowship Program. She has published many first author peer-reviewed papers, co-authored a textbook, “Rowan's Primer of EEG” and has delivered several talks/lectures at local and national conferences, as well as industry-sponsored courses. She was recently appointed as the Director of Clinical Trials Research in the Epilepsy Division at ISMMS. Her particular interest is in EEG, drug-resistant epilepsy and epilepsy surgery.
Allison Navis, MD
2019 NeuroNEXT Fellow
Infectious Disease, Immunosuppression
Allison Navis, MD is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She received specialty training in Neuro-Infectious Disease and her research interests involve the effects of HIV on the central nervous system and global health. She is currently involved in research both in New York and in Zambia that focuses on immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome of the central nervous system in Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). She has published work on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) -associated neuropathy and chronic pain in HIV. She is the 2018 recipient of the International Outreach Scholarship by the American Academy of Neurology for her upcoming work in Zambia.
Jihan Grant, MD
2020 NeuroNEXT Fellow
Jihan Grant, MD is working in the capacity of headache medicine as well as interventional pain at Mount Sinai. She is board certified in neurology and headache medicine and dually fellowship trained in headache medicine as well as interventional pain. She has a special interest in migraine with aura and cervicogenic headache. Dr. Grant’s specific training allows for a variety of treatment modalities in the treatment of headache and facial pain, as well as spinal pain, joint pain, and other pain of various etiologies. She believes strongly in tailoring pain management specifically towards her patient’s needs. Dr. Grant has participated in small clinical studies in the past and has served as a reviewer of the manuscripts for large- scale clinical research trials. She desires to learn the skills to establish the foundation for ongoing headache medicine research at Mount Sinai.
Bridget Mueller, MD, PhD
2020 NeuroNEXT Fellow
Bridget Mueller, MD is a fellow at the Mount Sinai Center for Pain and Headache. As an undergraduate at Brown University, she studied the effect of stress on cognitive function and was the recipient of the Howard Hughes Neuroscience Training Grant. As a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, she investigated the hormonal, genetic, and environmental contributions to neurodevelopmental disorders. This work led to the creation of an animal model used for the preclinical screening of potential therapies to treat autism spectrum disorders. At Columbia University, Dr. Muller’s work examined how dysfunctional hypothalamic circuitry led to obesity. Her recent research focuses on examining the relationship between chronic pain, inflammation, and dysautonomia. She received the 2019 American Headache Society Research Advocacy Award.