Child Neurology Residency Training Program | NIH Training Opportunities

The Department of Neurology is fortunate to hold 3 institutional NIH training grants. It has held an Institutional National Research Service Award for many years, which supports 4 scientists and/or physician/scientists as fellows each year. The award (T32 NS007473 Developmental Neurology; renewed 7/2021 with 6 slots/yr; multi-PI Tom Schwarz and Elizabeth Engle) supports primarily bench laboratory research in developmental neurobiology. A total of 22 training slots have been awarded since 2015.

The most recently awarded training grant (T32 MH112510 Translational Post-doctoral Training in Neurodevelopment; start 7/2017; multi-PI Mustafa Sahin and Charles Nelson) is quite novel. It is designed to provide promising post-doctoral investigators (MD, PhD or MD/PhD) with advanced training in essential translational topics ranging from preclinical considerations through implementation of clinical trials for individuals with a range of neurodevelopmental disorders. The program provides trainees with research experiences ranging from preclinical and cognitive neuroscience labs through clinical trial involvement in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Since 2010, the department has jointly held a NINDS R25 training grant with the Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (R25 NS070682 CH/BIDMC/Harvard Medical School Neurology Resident Research Education Program; Renewed 7/2020; multi-PI Scott Pomeroy and Clif Saper). This unique training grant provides research funding for 6 months during neurology residency which can be extended up to 30 months with a requirement to submit an individual NIH K-award application, a program that facilitates the transition from residency to research fellowship/emergence as an independent investigator. Awardees are closely monitored with multiple mentors. The NIH hosts an annual meeting of all R25 awardees across the country on the NIH campus. Each applicant submits a research proposal to NINDS for a project funding decision in the fall of their penultimate year of residency for funding starting in the final year. The department currently has 7 active awardees. The table below summarizes funded residents from the inception of the program:

R25 Resident Funding

Trainee Name Mentor  Current Position 
Former Trainees
Soma Sengupta, M.D., Ph.D. Pomeroy Associate Professor of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Harold C Schott Endowed Chair and Associate Director of the Brain Tumor Center, University of Cincinnati
Christopher Elitt, M.D., Ph.D. Rosenberg Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital
Peter Davis, M.D. Sahin Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital
Danielle Pier, M.D. Soul Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital
Christopher Yuskaitis, M.D., Ph.D. Poduri Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital
Bhooma Aravamuthan, M.D., D.Phil. Rutkove, Robinson and Young Assistant Professor of Neurology, Washington University in St. Louis
Ervin Johnson, M.D., Ph.D. Rotenberg Pediatric Epileptologist, Neurology Centre of Toronto, Canada
Kellen Winden, M.D., Ph.D. Sahin Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital
Melanie McNally, M.D. Staley Child Neurology Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital
Darius Ebrahimi-Fakhari, M.D., Ph.D. Sahin Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital
Current Trainees
Diane Shao, M.D., Ph.D. Walsh Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital
Milena Andzelm, M.D., Ph.D. McCarroll Eggan Child Neurology Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital Broad Institute
Divya Jayaraman, M.D. Beggs Child Neurology Research Fellow, Boston Children's Hospital
Alisa Mo, M.D. Walsh Child Neurology Research Fellow, Boston Children's Hospital
Catherine Salussolia, M.D., Ph.D. Sahin Child Neurology Research Fellow, Boston Children's Hospital