Multi-Modal Neuroimaging Training Program (MNTP)
The Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program (MNTP), funded by NIH, is a graduate program within the existing Center for Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), a joint program of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University to teach the critical knowledge of neuroimaging research. The program will aim to ensure: 1) Students from all participating disciplines receive basic neuroscience training for integrative neuroimaging research; 2) Students understand underlying principles, modeling, and applications of structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI (fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), magnetoencephalography (MEG), electroencephalography (EEG), and optical imaging; and 3) Students integrate multiple methods and carry out multimodal neuroimaging projects.
All trainees in the neuroimaging training program will be part of the CNBC training program. All of the PhD programs affiliated with the CNBC have strong programs of research training, coupled with requisite research methods courses and substantive courses in relevant scientific content, and required teaching apprenticeships. To teach the critical knowledge of neuroimaging research, training will be emphasized in multiple imaging modalities, including neuroimaging courses, laboratory rotations, individually-tailored research plans and teaching assistantship (TA).
- Core curriculum will ensure training in basic neuroscience, and advanced neuroimaging techniques and underlying principles, details can be found on the CNBC website, (http://www.cnbc.cmu.edu). In addition, one neuroimaging course is required. Lab rotation in neuroimaging laboratories outside the area of prior specialization and beyond current rotation will be required. Laboratory rotation will allow hands-on research experiences in multimodal imaging and its application. Trainees will rotate through two different laboratories selected by students to meet their research interests. These research rotations provide an ample opportunity to experience individual laboratory environments, including the imaging modalities being used in the laboratory and the research questions being addressed. These experiences also help students and allow in-depth understanding of the neuroimaging research.
- Trainees will form their mentoring committee consisting of imaging and neuroscience faculty during the fellowship period. The mentoring committee will ensure trainees learn multimodal neuroimaging modality from underlying principles to applications. Using the multimodal training, it is expected that trainees will select their PhD work integrating multiple neuroimaging modalities.
- Trainees will participate in the CNBC annual retreat, student-run colloquium series, student research presentation series, Friday Seminar Series, and will take survival skills and ethics workshops. Details can be found on the CNBC website.
- Trainees are required to participate in the 6-week MNTP Summer Workshop as a TA in one of multiple imaging modules (fMRI, DTA, MEG, PET, Optics; see http://www.mntp.pitt.edu). The choice of imaging modality is based on the trainee’s experience and knowledge, which will be determined mutually by the MNTP co-Directors and trainee. This teaching assistantship will enhance trainee’s teaching skills, which is critically important for trainee’s future career. During the summer workshop, trainees are required to participate in basic lectures (mostly in the first week of the Workshop) on imaging modalities to expand their knowledge of multimodal imaging
- Students must present their research work at the MNTP External Advisory meeting.
- Students must submit a CV, 2-page outline of their proposed research project using multiple modalities and a list of their mentoring committee to the MNTP Steering Committee. Please have two faculty members e-mail letters of recommendations to
- Students must schedule an interview with one of the co-directors: (Pitt Applicants, with Dr. Seong-Gi Kim); (CMU Applicants, with Dr. William Eddy)
- Students must schedule a second interview with one of the remaining committee members (Seong-Gi Kim, William Eddy, Marlene Behrmann, Chester Mathis, Tom Mitchell, Ajay Niranjan, Walter Schneider, Peter Strick, Mike Tarr, and Nathan Urban)
Students interested in the MNTP are encouraged to contact Seong-Gi Kim, University of Pittsburgh or William Eddy, Carnegie Mellon University at
to discuss the possibilities. To complete an application, click the following links: MNTP Application MNTP Pre-Doc Checklist.