NMPT Fact Sheet

What is the T32 training grant and what is its purpose?

The training grant is a 5-year award from the NIH National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research. This program in rehabilitation and neuromuscular plasticity provides an interdisciplinary environment that is fundamental to the advancement of rehabilitation research and uniquely prepares pre-doctoral graduate students for translational research in neuromuscular plasticity.

Who is eligible to apply for a position on the training grant?

All individuals supported by this grant mechanism must be US citizens or non-citizen nationals (permanent residents). Students on temporary or student visas are not eligible. Student must be enrolled in the Rehabilitation Science, Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, or Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences graduate program at the University of Florida and be in good academic standing. Completion of at least one year of graduate coursework is preferred.

What are the criteria for acceptance into the program?

These criteria include the following:

  1. Strong academic credentials
  2. A strong rehabilitation and neuromuscular plasticity research interest
  3. A strong commitment to a research career

How do individuals apply to the program and what is the application deadline?

A complete application must include the following:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a brief description of research interests and career goals
  • a brief description of how participation in the training grant may help you reach these goals
  • one letter of recommendation
  • graduate coursework summary including grades

Application materials should be submitted to Laura Quintana, Coordinator, Academic Support Services at: lauraq@phhp.ufl.edu. The applications will be reviewed by the Program Director Krista Vandenborne, PT, PhD and
Co-Directors Barry Byrne, MD, PhD and David Fuller, PhD, and the NMPT Internal Steering Committee. The application deadline adjusts as NMPT Trainee slots become available.

What is the level of stipend support for trainees supported by this grant?

The stipend for this program is currently $23,376 per year. The grant also covers tuition/fees, health insurance, travel funds, and funds for trainee-related expenses.

What are the expectations of the trainees?

Trainees are expected to be committed to full-time research training. Trainees will be offered a structured didactic program involving research methodology, specialized courses and seminars in neuroplasticity, muscle physiology and translational research in rehabilitation. The ultimate goal of the program is to help build a critical mass of well-trained scientists prepared to conduct cutting-edge rehabilitation related research.

Who are the participating faculty mentors in the Neuromuscular Plasticity Training Program?

Aging & Geriatric Research/Inst. on Aging Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
Christiaan Leeuwenburgh, PhD Elisabeth Barton, PhD
Marco Pahor, MD Evangelos Christou, PhD
Scott Powers, PhD
Biomedical Engineering David Vaillancourt, PhD
Christine Schmidt, PhD
Clinical & Health Psychology
Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Michael Robinson, PhD
Edward Scott, PhD
Neuroscience Janis Daly, PhD, PT
Stephen Blackband, PhD Michael Okun, MD
David Borchelt, PhD
Todd Golde, PhD Neurosurgery
Lucia Notterpeck, PhD Dennis Steindler, PhD
Paul Reier, PhD
Pediatrics Physical Therapy
Barry Byrne, MD, PhD Mark Bishop, PhD, PT
David Fuller, PhD
Pharmacology & Therapeutics Andrew Judge, PhD
H. Lee Sweeney Daniel Martin, PhD, PT
Gordon S. Mitchell, PhD
Physiological Sciences Carolyn Patten, PhD, PT
Donald Bolser, PhD Krista Vandenborne, PhD, PT
Floyd Thompson, PhD
Physiology & Functional Genomics
Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences  Glenn Walter, PhD
 Emily Plowman, PhD, CCC-SLP