ADTDS: PhD Trainees

PhD trainees selected for this program will develop research projects that access a rich collection of data generated by the NIH’s National Institute on Aging that offer opportunities to collaborate with faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized in AD research.

Trainees are selected each year from a competitive pool of PhD trainees already enrolled in PhD programs across the CWRU School of Medicine.

Meet the first cohort, enrolled in 2022.   

The program provides strong mentoring and uses state-of-the-art data science experiences within the rich environment of the CWRU School of Medicine and its affiliated health systems to develop independent investigators who will lead the next generation of translational research in AD. 

Trainees will have the opportunity to: 

  • Form multi-disciplinary mentorship teams including faculty with expertise in AD genetics, pathology, and neuroscience
  • Access large-scale data from national and international initiatives supported by the NIH’s National Institute on Aging to explore AD etiology and disease courses through data analysis  
  • Receive specialized training in responsible conduct and research reproducibility with special considerations for data science
  • The training faculty for this program manage Alzheimer’s Disease research projects that represent great breadth and depth of work. Combined, the faculty members' work represents more than $37 million in annual NIH and other funding, for an average of more than $1 million per faculty member per year. Many of these faculty members are members of the Cleveland Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (CADRC), which recently secured $15.4 million in ongoing NIH funding, confirming its standing among the 31 NIH-funded AD research centers in the country.    

Student funding:  The ADTDS program covers all tuition costs for two years and includes an annual stipend to cover housing and other costs.  Typically, PhD trainees have been covered for the first year of their studies by the CWRU graduate studies program. Their concluding years are typically covered by their mentor’s grants.