Research

Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Training Program

This program is administered by IU School of Medicine at the Indianapolis campus and provides PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and medical students with multidisciplinary research-oriented training in musculoskeletal biology.

The program is designed to equip participants with the tools and research training needed to move into successful careers as physicians, scientists and engineers who will find new cures, develop new therapeutic treatments, and generate new devices to reduce and/or eliminate musculoskeletal disease. The program is funded by an NIH-sponsored T32 Training Grant and includes faculty whose research work spans a broad range of topics in musculoskeletal biology.

More information on the training program, faculty, resources and the application process is available.

The T32 mechanism provides support for postdoctoral fellows in the Postdoctoral Training Program in Musculoskeletal Biology, including tuition for required ethics course and for optional bone biology course. A salary is assigned individually to trainees based on the current NIH postdoctoral scale. Health insurance as well as up to $1000 per year is provided to cover travel costs to a professional/scientific meeting or to visit an external lab for additional training. Applications for support of participants in the Postdoctoral Training Program in Musculoskeletal Biology program are accepted on a rolling deadline and can be submitted at any time of year. Decisions regarding trainee sponsorship are made by quarterly the T32 Selection Committee.

Particpants in the Predoctoral MD Summer Research Training Program in Musculoskeletal Biology program receive 12 weeks of intensive laboratory training (minimum of eight hours per week day) and a summer stipend of $5,619. Students are required to attend and participate in a weekly seminar series and the Oral Research Presentation Forum, held in late July. Prizes are awarded for research merit, ranging from $1,000-$13,000. Students are also required to participate in the IU School of Medicine SRPinAM Poster Session held in early September. Participants receive time off for shadowing opportunities, and each trainee is required to submit an evaluation of the summer program at the conclusion of the training period.

Interested medical students should explore the SRPinAM program details and follow instructions for the SPRinAM application process. Applications for this program are administered through the Office of Medical Student Education.

Applications for T32 support of predoctoral trainees in the Predoctoral PhD Training Program in Musculoskeletal Biology are accepted on a rolling deadline and can be submitted at any time of year. Decisions regarding trainee sponsorship are made by quarterly the T32 Selection Committee. To apply, explore submission instructions and complete the application form [link to FORM at Gravity Forms].

The T32 mechanism provides support for PhD students in this program, including tuition and fees. A stipend is assigned individually to trainees based on the current graduate student stipend amounts. Health insurance as well as up to $1000 per year is provided to cover travel costs to a professional/scientific meeting or to visit an external lab for additional training.