Graduation Medical Education (GME): Neurogenetics

Fellowship Program Director: Carsten G Bönnemann, MD

The mission of the Neurogenetics Branch is to reduce the burden of disease in patients with hereditary neurological disease. Neurogenetics Fellows have the opportunity to study basic disease mechanisms using different model systems. These include various techniques in genomics (including whole exome sequencing, whole genome sequencing and RNA sequencing), generation of inducible pluripotent stem cells and animal models. Neurogenetics Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in designing and conducting therapeutic clinical trials using pharmacological and biological approaches. The Neurogenetics Branch follows a number of cohorts of patients with genetic illnesses. A genetic outreach program is in place to identify and characterize pediatric and adult patients and their families with both new and previously known hereditary neurological diseases.

Areas of Current Research

  • Kennedy's disease
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Hereditary motor neuron disease
  • Friedreich's ataxia
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Congenital muscular dystrophies
  • Congenital myopathies
  • Congenital myasthenic syndromes
  • Giant axonal neuropathy
  • Myofibrillar myopathies
  • Myotonic Dystrophy
  • Atypical Parkinson's Disease
  • Early Onset Parkinson's Disease
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Undiagnosed Neurogenetic Disorders

Application Information
Apply to this program through the NIH Graduate Medical Education Application System. For more information, please check out the NINDS intramural program website.

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This page last updated on 11/04/2022

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