OSF Illinois Neurological Institute

Medical Student Neuroscience Opportunities

Neuroscience Residency Opportunities Neuroscience is an exciting and rapidly developing field that offers solutions for some of our most serious population health problems. The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP) and OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute provide elective experiences, research opportunities and funding, career guidance and mentoring for students exploring a career in neuroscience research or neurological clinical care. The faculty offer a challenging experience that helps prepare you for placement in competitive graduate programs.

Mentoring and Interest Groups

Our mentor program provides students access to faculty members with extensive experience who can help you design your elective curriculum, evaluate various career opportunities and weigh graduate education decisions. Our mentors provide guidance regarding neurological career options and the steps involved to pursue those options. Dr. Jeffrey D. Klopfenstein, Head of the Neurosurgery Department, and Dr. Jorge C. Kattah, Head of the Neurology Department, can assist you in selecting a mentor appropriate to your interests.

Student neuroscience interest groups provide peer relationships and insights throughout your experience in Peoria.

 

Neuroscience Clinical Electives Offered:

  • Neurosurgery senior elective
  • Neurology senior elective
  • Movement disorders
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Sleep disorders
  • Neuroradiology
  • Neuropathology

Neuroscience Research at UICOMP and Illinois Neurological Institute

Neurological research enriches the medical student experience. Research experience is an essential part of the preparation for subsequent graduate preparation in the neurosciences.

INI Medical Student Neuroscience Research Fund

The Illinois Neurological Institute has established the INI Medical Student Research Fund to support neurological research and create opportunities for students to expand their skills through application.

Two types of awards are provided for UICOMP students:

  1. Illinois Neurological Institute Medical Student Fellowship: A three-month award in support of short-term experiences with faculty and residents, with a stipend of $3,000. Funding supports participation in ongoing research activity.
  2. Illinois Neurological Institute Research Scholar: A long-term yearly award of $12,000, with potential for renewal, in support of ongoing research. Funding is in support of a project developed by the scholar with a faculty mentor.

These awards are reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis as funds are available. Applications are reviewed and awarded by the INI Research Work Group. Submissions should include a brief discussion of the problem to be studied, a tentative plan of work including timeline, and the associated faculty mentor. Assistance is available from members of the INI Research Work Group and will be arranged by JoAnna Fleckenstein.

Submissions are to be made to:

Stanca Iacob, MD, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology

Research Director, OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute
stanca.iacob@osfhealthcare.org

Office 3621, North Building
OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center
530 NE Glen Oak Ave.
Peoria, Illinois 61637

For more information, contact:

Patrick Elwood MD, Professor of Neurosurgery
pwens@uic.edu
(309) 303-4296

Office 3525, North Building
OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center
530 NE Glen Oak Ave.
Peoria, Illinois 61637

Neuroscience Research Laboratories

Neuro-oncology Laboratory
Kiran K. Velpula, PhD and Andrew J. Tsung, MD

Vascular and Brain Injury Laboratory
Krishna K. Veeravalli, PhD, Jeffrey D. Klopfenstein, MD, Dzung H. Dinh, MD, MBA and David Z. Wang, DO

Brain Degenerative Illness Laboratory
Ken-Ichiro Fukuchi, MD, PhD 

Neuroscience Clinical Research

Cerebrovascular
David Z. Wang, DO and Jeffrey D. Klopfenstein MD

Brain Tumor
Andrew J. Tsung, MD

Sleep
Sarah N. Zallek, MD

Vestibular Disorders
Jorge C. Kattah, MD

Spine
Daniel R. Fassett MD, MBA, Dzung H. Dinh, MD and Todd D. McCall, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgery
Julian Y. Lin, MD 

Neuroscience Simulation
Julian Y. Lin, MD 

Multiple Sclerosis
Reuben M. Valenzuela, MD

Basal Ganglia Disease
Dronacharya Lamichhane, MD

Epilepsy
Michael Y. Xu MD, Erhan Ergene, MD 

INI Neuroscience Editorial Office
Medical Editor
Stanca Iacob, MD, PhD

Medical Student Research Opportunities

Project Title:

Evaluation of the effect of gene silencing and stem cell treatments on post-stroke brain damage and neurological recovery.

Project Investigator(s):

PI: Krishna Kumar Veeravalli, PhD

Co-I: Jeffrey D. Klopfenstein, MD

Purpose of Study:

To identify the key molecules that contribute to post-stroke brain damage as well as design and evaluate appropriate therapeutic strategies to attenuate or prevent ischemic brain damage and facilitate neurological recovery of stroke-induced rodents.

Start - End Dates:

This is an ongoing study. We are trying to manipulate several molecules that are believed to be detrimental and contribute to the pathogenesis after ischemic stroke.

Estimated Hours:

Flexible

Benefits to Resident/Student:

Experience with basic research laboratory techniques as well as the co-author status on the resulting posters/abstracts and publications based on the extent of contribution.

Resident/Medical Student Level Requirements:

Resident/Student at any level can participate in our ongoing study

Pre-requisite Experience Required:

Interest to learn and work. Students/Residents will be trained if they do not have prior basic research experience

Contact Information:

Krishna Kumar Veeravalli, PhD

Assistant Professor of CBP, Neurosurgery & Neurology

University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

email: krishna@uic.edu / Phone: 309-671-8442
 



Project Title:

Spinal cord detethering after myelomeningocele repair in children with ventriculomegaly.

Project Investigator(s):

PI: Julian J. Lin, MD

Purpose of Study:

Risk of CSF leak in this patient population and whether prophylactic procedures such as ETV or EVD are warranted.

Start - End Dates:

Open

Stipend Available:

None

Estimated Hours:

10

Benefits to Resident/Student:

Abstract, presentation and publication

Resident/Medical Student Level Requirements:

Any

Pre-requisite Experience Required:

None

Contact Information:

Julian Y. Lin, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery

jlin@uic.edu or (309)303-6316
 



Project Title:

Simultaneous MRI and Surgery in Children with Neurosurgical Lesions.

Project Investigator(s):

PI: Julian Y. Lin, MD

Purpose of Study:

Efficacy, safety and cost saving of simultaneous MRI and surgery.

Start - End Dates:

Open

Stipend Available:

None

Estimated Hours:

10

Benefits to Resident/Student:

Abstract, presentation and publication

Resident/Medical Student Level Requirements:

Any

Pre-requisite Experience Required:

None

Contact Information:

Julian Y. Lin, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery

jlin@uic.edu or (309)303-6316
 


 

Project Title:

Multiple Sclerosis Research Clinical Study

Project Investigator(s):

PI: Reuben zm/ Valenzulea, MD

Purpose of Study:

The concentration of neuronal cells is highest in the ganglion cell layer of the retina and may reflect brain atrophy in MS patients. The hypothesis is that MS-disease modifying therapies (DMTs) are protective to the ganglion cell layer preventing thinning. The plan study will review patients in our MS data base who have had OCTs done prior to treatment, and those who have follow-up OCTs. Statistical analysis will be utilized to determine which drug is more protective to the ganglion cell layer of the retina.

Benefits to Resident/Student:

Medical students will participate in IRB preparation, data collection, and analysis. A significant commitment is required. An abstract and paper will be submitted. During study development and IRB preparation, Dr. Valenzuela will meet with resident/student at least once a week, then twice a month, every Friday thereafter.

Contact Information:

Preferred communication:

Email: Reuben.M.Valenzuela@osfhealthcare.org

Phone: 732-841-5565.
 

Neuroscience Clinical Graduate Programs

Neurology Residency

Four residents per year in a four-year residency program
Residency Director:  Gregory M. Blume, MD

Neurosurgery Residency

One or two residents per year, in alternate years, in a seven-year residency program
Residency Director Julian Y. Lin, MD

Neuroradiology Fellowship

One fellow per year in a one-year program
Fellowship Director:  Jeffery R. DeSanto, MD