Alcohol Research Training in Neuroscience

MSC 08 4740
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 272-4411
Fax: (505) 272-8082

Courses and Additional Requirements

In addition or as part of the requirements for their respective Ph.D. programs, trainees must complete the following courses:

  • Biomed 505B-002-Scientific Writing (Fall), a formal course aimed at teaching graduate students how to write a manuscript in the biomedical sciences. 
  • Biomed 505-Developmental Neurotoxicology (Fall, odd years), a course that focuses on the impact of alcohol and toxic agents on central nervous system development  
  • Biomed 505-Neurobiology of Alcoholism (Fall, even years), a course that focuses on the actions of alcohol on neurotransmitter systems.
  • Biomed 555-Problem Based-Bioethics (Fall), a problem-based discussion course on topics in bioethics such as publication credits and authorships; conflict of interest and fraud, scientific misconduct, human genomics and other relevant issues.
  • Biomed 505-Statistical Analysis: a Practical Approach (Fall) which will cover basic statistical analysis techniques from a practical standpoint.

Additional Requirements

Alcohol Research Journal Club (BMSB 243 - 4th Monday of every month during the academic year from 10:30-11:30 am).  This journal club functions as a focal meeting point for trainees and training faculty, as well as other scientists (i.e. postdoctoral fellows, medical students, technicians, etc) interested in alcohol research.  Trainees are expected to present a recent paper on alcohol research at least once a year. 

Alcohol Research Retreat (May of every year): The retreat will consist of presentations in which students, post-docs and other investigators can present new data about their alcohol research.  In addition, a seminar will be presented by a prominent alcohol researcher (e.g., any of the members of our external advisory panel).  At the end of the retreat, the training grant steering committee and the external advisory panel will evaluate student progress.

National Research Service Award (NRSA) proposal submission.  Students are required to submit this type (or an equivalent type) of pre-doctoral fellowship application during the second year of the Program.  The intention of this requirement is to assist the students in building a strong foundation in grant writing, which will increase their chances for success in obtaining extramural funding in the future.  Additionally, the fellowship application serves as the basis of the student’s written portion of the Comprehensive Examination.