The Harvard Neurology Residency Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital has funding from the NIH/NINDS to support research activities of residents. This is one of a very few select group of programs who have received this funding award – an R25 research training award. This award is designed to help residents develop the skills to begin a career in basic, translational or clinical research. Residents generally apply during the summer of their 2nd neurology residency year and begin mentored research after completion of the second year. Residents may chose to devote 6 months of elective time to research, completing the residency in the standard time frame, or they may chose to devote an entire year to research, completing the residency one year later. A second year of funding is provided and is designed to fund a year of research fellowship after completion of the neurology residency. This fellowship funding provides a bridge so that a resident can successfully transition from residency to a K-award or similar funding. The goal of the grant is to provide resources and mentorship to residents in their quest for independence as a researcher in neurology and the neurosciences.
Martha R. Neagu, MD PhD, is a current Partners Neurology senior resident who has been awarded an NIH Research Education R25 grant for her project titled "Function of Occludin in Astrocyte Development and its Role as a Putative Driver Oncogene in Transformation to Glioblastoma Multiforme" Her research mentor is William Hahn, MD, PhD, of the Cancer Program at the Broad Institute and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Martha will be pursuing fellowship training in neuro-oncology at MGH and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She is interested in applying functional genomics to elucidate drivers of glioblastoma formation as a basis for development of targeted therapies against brain tumors.
Alice Lam, MD PhD, is a current Partners Neurology senior resident who has been awarded an NIH Research Education R25 grant for her project titled "Examination of Surface Correlates of Deep Epileptic Activity Using Quantitative EEG." Her research mentor is Sydney Cash, MD, PhD, of the Cortical Physiology Laboratory. Alice will be pursuing fellowship training in epilepsy at MGH and is interested in applying spectral, network, and machine learning approaches to improve the diagnostic capabilities of EEG.