The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Clinical Trials Methodology Course Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Cohort


Dear clinicians and biostatisticians who work in the clinical neurosciences:
We are pleased to announce that the NINDS Clinical Trials Methodology Course is accepting
applications for the 2016 cohort. The overarching goal of the CTMC is to help junior investigators
develop scientifically rigorous, yet practical clinical trial protocols.

The course features a combination of distance learning activities and a residential course, along
with small group mentorship from experienced clinical trialists and biostatisticians. Investigators
from the NeuroNEXT and Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) clinical trials networks,
along with other clinical trials experts, lead this course and serve as faculty. The residential
course part of the course will be held August 7 – 11, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Funding for
travel and accommodations will be provided for participants. Qualified applicants from clinical
disciplines focused on neurological disease or injury, along with biostatisticians working on
projects with clinical neuroscience researchers are encouraged to apply. All preliminary trial
ideas are encouraged – the only requirement is that protocols are focused on the clinical
neurosciences. Trainees should have content area mentors to assist them with the science and
implementation of their project. A small number of projects may qualify for additional work using
clinical trial simulation. In addition, the CTMC leadership is collaborating with specific groups
including the AAN, the AANEM, and others to facilitate grant mechanisms supporting the early-phase
development of clinical trials and clinical trialists.

We will be holding an informational webinar with a Q&A session on January 19,2016 at 1 pm, Eastern.
We will record and post the to the course website. The address for the webinar room is

The deadline for application submission is February 28, 2016. Application forms and additional
details are available on the course website . Past course lectures and
videos are also available there.

Please contact or William Meurer, MD, MS with any questions

The NINDS Clinical Trials Methodology Course is supported by the NIH-NINDS grant R25 NS088248 and
is administered by the University of Michigan, the University of Iowa, and Los Angeles BioMed.

Additional support is provided through a grant by the American Academy of Neurology.