The Global Initiative for Neuropsychiatric Genetics Education in Research (GINGER) aims to boost global capacity to conduct neuropsychiatric genetics research. To achieve this goal, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have teamed up with multiple research and academic institutions in East and South Africa to create a global neuropsychiatric genetics training program, which launched in July 2017.
The GINGER program includes a Research Fellow training program that is comprised of in-person research workshops and virtual classroom activities. Through this, GINGER aims to train a new generation of independent neuropsychiatric genetics researchers. 17 Research Fellows have been enrolled to take part in the inaugural three-year GINGER program, which runs from 2017-2020. The backgrounds of the Research Fellows vary from practicing clinical psychiatrists, post-doctoral students, junior faculty in neuroscience and genetics, as well as current doctoral students.
GINGER also offers a series of introductory research courses (“on-site trainings”) run in collaboration with partner institutions in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda. The goal of these courses is to introduce neuropsychiatric genetics concepts and fundamental research skills earlier in potential researchers’ academic careers in order to spark interest in the field of neuropsychiatric genetics, and to support fundamental research curriculum development at each institution.
Global Initiative for Neuropsychiatric Genetics Education in Research
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