In 2008, The TMA established the James T. Lubin Clinician Scientist Fellowship Award to support the post-residency training of clinicians who are committed to careers in academic medicine with a specialization in rare autoimmune disorders of the CNS, including TM, ADEM, NMO, autoimmune encephalitis and ON. The intent of this program is to support up to two years of clinical care and research training in an environment where clinicians study rare neuroimmune disorders with the most current scientific tools.
In 2012, Dr. Allen DeSena was the recipient of the first James T. Lubin fellowship award from the TMA to pursue a clinical and research career in transverse myelitis and other related disorders mentored by Dr. Benjamin Greenberg, Director of the TM and NMO Centers at UTSW in Dallas. He is the first pediatric neurology fellow to study the rare spectrum of neuro-immunological disorders, with a particular focus on Transverse Myelitis.
Following the completion of his training, Dr. DeSena joined the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio and is establishing a neuro-immunology Center focused on rare neuroimmune diseases. Dr. DeSena shared his experience with the TMA in our 2014 winter newsletter.
The TMA is now accepting applications for the 2015-2017 Fellowship Award. Applications are due December 23, 2014 and awards will be announced in early February 2015.
After completing the fellowship, the goal of the program is for Fellows to have acquired independent research and clinical skills and gained experience necessary to develop into clinician-scientists who:
- Provide high quality, state-of-the-art, comprehensive clinical care to patients with TM, ADEM, NMO and/or ON.
- Advance the research and understanding of these disorders through clinical research and/or basic science research.
- Become an active participant and future leader in the rare neuro-immunologic disorders clinical community.
To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, please visit https://myelitis.org/research/james-t-lubin-fellowship