Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics

The institute offers a rich interdisciplinary training environment at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park with outstanding molecular genetic and computer facilities. Institute faculty members include some of the leaders in the field of behavioral and psychiatric genetics and reflect a wide range of scientific backgrounds from molecular and statistical genetics to epidemiology, psychology and psychiatry. The institute is home to the Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry, which systematically ascertains all twins born in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Currently funded research includes molecular-genetic studies of schizophrenia, nicotine dependence, alcoholism, eating disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and pioneering twin studies of complex disorders including adolescent behavioral development, epilepsy, adult anxiety, depression, substance abuse disorders and cardiovascular disease, together with pertinent epidemiologic risk factors such as stressful life events, social support and parent-child relationships. In addition, faculty members are at the forefront of developing methods for the statistical genetic analysis of complex disorders. The NRSA fellowships will be funded by an NIMH training grant in psychiatric and statistical genetics.

Doctoral candidates can be accepted into a number of programs at VCU including human genetics, PBSG (Psychiatric, Behavioral and Statistical Genetics), psychology (including clinical and developmental specialties), medicine (M.D./Ph.D.), biostatistics and integrative life sciences. Postdoctoral training is tailored to the experience and needs of the candidate. Details of the institute, its faculty and research may be found at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics.

To apply, send a copy of your current CV and three letters of reference with a cover letter, including a statement of interest and goals to or mail to:

Dr. Michael Neale, director NIMH Training Program
Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics
Box 980126
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0126