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National Institute on Aging Training Program in Alzheimer's Disease Clinical and Translational Research

The NIA Training Program in Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical and Translational Research at Rensselaer, in partnership with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai provides interdisciplinary education for predoctoral students spanning Architecture, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering and Chemistry and Chemical Biology. The Training Program incorporates an integrated and multidisciplinary platform to train predoctoral students at the interface of these disciplines, focusing on the quantitative linkages that define this interface and preparing Trainees for careers in applied sciences and clinical research.


National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems.


NIational Institute of Aging (NIA)

NIA is one of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NIA leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research



To provide Trainees with:

  • A keen understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of research
    • How it depends on fundamental underpinnings in architecture, science and engineering
    • How it leads to innovative new scientific disciplines and technologies
    • How these technologies translate to clinical applications
  • Knowledge of commercial product development and start-up evolution
  • Skills for career exploration and professional advancement

Key Features:

  • Joint supervision and multidisciplinary Ph.D. thesis committee
  • Clinical or industrial externship (2-3 months)
  • Mandatory Courses:
    • Ethical Considerations in AD and AD-Related Research
    • Perspectives in Alzheimer’s Disease Research
    • Courses in 4 core areas of Alzheimer’s disease and AD-related dementias
  • Training in entrepreneurship and commercial translation
  • Training in professional development
  • Training enrichment in human health, physiology, and disease through symposia with clinical/industry partners
    • Frontiers in Alzheimer’s Research Seminar Series


Ryan Weaver, Administrative Coordinator
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street, BT2233
Troy, NY 12180-3590
(518) 276-4270

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