The Friedman Brain Institute

Training and Education

Education is one of the core missions of The Friedman Brain Institute. Our scientists and physicians play a crucial role in training medical students and graduate students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. They also are instrumental in educating community physicians about advances in the field via our world-class CME program

Students learn about the latest advances in our understanding of brain and spinal cord disorders, current treatments, and the cutting-edge experimental approaches that are driving discoveries in the laboratory and clinic.

We offer doctors further clinical and research training through our residency programs in clinical neuroscience. In addition, the scientists in our postdoctoral training programs have the opportunity to work in some of the best basic science and clinical laboratories in the nation.

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Research Training

Clinical Residencies (including Research Track)

Mount Sinai Emerging Scholars Program

The Nash Family Department of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) is sponsoring a scholarship opportunity for advanced graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds that are looking to pursue postdoctoral work in the field of neuroscience. Up to two selected recipients will be invited to give a talk in-person at ISMMS, network with faculty, and receive a $1000 honorarium (in addition to travel expenses). We especially encourage Black, Latinx, and Native American students to apply.

Requested application materials:

  • The applicant’s CV
  • A one page personal statement describing the applicant’s research interests and future goals in neuroscience. Preference will be given to individuals with a specific interest in joining labs at Mount Sinai.
  • 1 letter of recommendation from the applicant’s direct faculty mentor or a co-mentor that knows the applicant’s research, and the applicant, well.
  • A copy of a representative work in which the applicant is first author (published, on bioRxiv, or a PDF version of a submitted manuscript are all acceptable)

Upon which criteria will applicants be judged?

  • We are looking for passionate scientists with a track record of rigorous/impactful science. Applicants need not have any papers in CNS journals. However, applicants should have a first author manuscript submitted, if not accepted, in a journal. Co-first authorship is considered first authorship.
  • Applicants will also be judged upon their broader contributions to society, and record of mentorship, in addition to their research. Volunteer and extracurricular activities should be highlighted in the applicant’s CV/personal statement.

Applicant requirements:

  • Must be in graduate school within the United States (or territory).
  • Should be within 1 year of dissertation defense at the time of application.

2022 FBI Postdoc Innovator Awardees

 

Leon Levy Neuroscience Fellowship program

Fellowship Program Leadership

Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD, a world leader in basic neuroscience research of neuropsychiatric disorders with a long and highly successful track record of promoting the careers of physician-scientists in both psychiatry and neurology, serves as director of the Leon Levy Neuroscience Fellowship Program.

Joining Dr. Nestler is a large team of senior and junior physician-scientists throughout the Department of Neuroscience and the Icahn Institute and Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences who serve as close mentors for our Levy Fellows in conjunction with the mentoring committees.

Current Leon Levy Neuroscience Fellows

Trevor Griffen, MD, PhD, Youngjung Kim, MD, PhD, Churl-Su Kwon, MD, Amirhossein Modabbernia, MD, Lyonna Parise, PhD and Veronica Peschansky, MD, PhD have been selected as the 2020 Leon Levy Neuroscience Fellows. They were chosen based on their individual outstanding medical education performance, their accomplishments in the lab, and their demonstrated commitment to become academic and translational leaders in neuroscience.

Alumni:

Jessica Ables, MD, Phd, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Fellowship Years: 2018-2020 Current Position: Assistant Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Alexander Charney, MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Fellowship Years: 2016-2018 Current Position: Assistant Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Ivan Chavarria-Siles, MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Fellowship Years: 2015-2016 Current Position: Psychiatrist, Baystate Health

Vilma Gabbay, MD, NYU Langone Health Fellowship Years: 2008-2012 Current Position: Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Sam Horng, MD, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Fellowship Years: 2015-2017 Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Drew Kiraly, MD, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Fellowship Years: 2016-2018 Current Position: Assistant Professor, ISMMS

Nishant Mishra, MD, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Fellowship Years: 2019-2020 Current Position: Vascular Neurology Fellow, UCLA Stroke

Achilles Ntranos, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Fellowship Years: 2016-2018 Current Position: Assistant Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Farinaz Safavi, MD, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Fellowship Years: 2018-2019 Current Position: Neuroimmunology Fellow, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institute of Health

Georgios Voloudakis, MD, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Fellowship Years: 2018-2020 Current Position: Assistant Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

James Young, MD, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Fellowship Years: 2016-2018 Current Position: Instructor of Neurology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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