Tisch MS Research Center of New York is committed to the continual education of our research staff in the latest developments in MS research from around the world, as well as advances in our understanding of MS etiology and pathology coming out of our own laboratory. In addition, we have programs in place to mentor and train young scientists beginning careers as clinicians or researchers.
Wednesday mornings at Tisch MS feature Grand Rounds lectures, where pre-eminent experts in MS and broader neurological research present late-breaking findings to our research staff as well as to the clinical staff of the IMSMP. At lab meetings on Monday mornings, our senior research scientists (and on occasion, junior scientists) detail the progress of their experiments, receive feedback from their colleagues, and thereby drive forward our research agenda. Finally, weekly journal club meetings offer our researchers the opportunity to present recent publications that in some way intersect with our research or clinical work to the entire staff. Research assistants share equal responsibilities with principal investigators (PIs) for journal club presentations and thereby gain experience in large-scale presentations to senior scientists outside their own working groups.
Research Assistant Program
Every spring Tisch MS recruits a new class of research assistants (RAs), primarily from recent college graduates looking to gain experience in scientific and medical research prior to embarking on their ultimate career paths. Research assistants serve 2-3 year rotations either in a working group led by one of our PIs or as clinical research assistants under Dr. Sadiq’s direct supervision. RAs are encouraged to pursue further education upon leaving the center, typically either in medical school or graduate school in science, and are assisted by senior staff members to obtain placement in a graduate or medical program. In the past year (2015), five of our RAs went to medical school. Currently in 2016, five of our current RAs are to commence medical and gradute school in the fall. We have particularly productive recruitment relationships with Columbia University, Cornell University, and Williams College. Go to our Careers section for more information on available research assistant positions.
Summer Internship Program
Every summer, several undergraduate university students are selected to participate in the Tisch MS summer internship program. The program is an eight week summer immersion into the laboratory, where students gain experience with various aspects of MS research. A number of summer interns from past years have gone on to become full-time research assistants upon graduation. For information on this program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and specify “summer intern application” in the subject line. Applications are accepted starting in January.