or an affiliated investigator in the HSR&D sponsored Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care at the Durham VAMC. Faculty have advanced training and research expertise in clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, decision analysis, technology assessment, meta-analysis, and quality assurance. PhD investigators at the Center represent the disciplines of behavioral psychology, biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics, health policy, and medical sociology. Fellows complete multiple mentored research projects as the primary focus of their fellowship experience.
Clinical Interventions Research Training
Fellows may gain specialized training in conducting clinical trials and efficacy research. The VISN-6 MIRECC hosts a number of funded investigators performing clinical intervention research. These investigators have extensive experience in clinical intervention trials across a number of areas, spearheading investigations in PTSD and other anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, nicotine dependence, and suicidality. Tutorials and coursework are offered as a central part of this training in Clinical Interventions.
Neurocognitive Research Training
The neurocognitive training opportunity will immerse the fellows in three primary research activities of the MIRECC Neurocognitive Core: (1) neuropsychological evaluation, (2) psychiatric symptom assessment, and (3) development of cognitive-science paradigms to test information-processing models of PTSD.
Fellows may work with a variety of populations including traumatic brain injury (TBI), PTSD and other anxiety disorders, alcoholism and substance abuse, depression and other mood disorders, schizophrenia, and normal controls. In addition to designing and implementing an independent research project, fellows will also be directly involved in a MIRECC study examining TBI patients with retrograde amnesia to explore the relevance of traumatic memories to the development of PTSD.
Neuroimaging Research Training
The neuroimaging training opportunity utilizes the MRI and computational facilities of the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center (BIAC) at Duke University Medical Center and the VISN-6 neuropsychiatric imaging laboratory. The BIAC is a key performance site for multiple large-scale, multi-investigator grants, including a NIMH Conte center for the study of schizophrenia, a Conte center for the study of depression, and a NINDS Program Project grant in the functional neuroimaging of executive control. BIAC is also a key site within the Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN), a NIH/NCRR funded-project that brings together leading neuroimaging centers for the study of human neuropsychiatric disorders, their animal models, and their genetic bases.
Genetics Research Training
The Genetics training opportunity is provided through the Genetics Core of the VISN-6 MIRECC and the Center for Human Genetics (CHG) at Duke University Medical Center. The CHG brings together research in disease epidemiology, bioinformatics, molecular biology, and clinical assessments. Tutorials and coursework are required as a central part of this genetics training program.