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Training Programs

The Mervyn W. Susser Post-doctoral Fellowship Program

The Mervyn W. Susser Post-doctoral Fellowship Program supports new investigators to develop research careers studying topics in perinatal epidemiology, including prevention and treatment of adverse outcomes that arise in the early phases of life, neurodevelopmental conditions of childhood, pediatric HIV infection, and effects of intrauterine and early life exposures on later aspects of pediatric and adult health.


The Fellowship program was established in honor of Dr. Mervyn W. Susser, the founding director of the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center. Dr. Susser had a vision of strengthening epidemiological research on epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disorders in childhood. Dr. Susser was one of the founding figures in the discipline of epidemiology, developing fundamental theory of causality underlying etiological and preventive research in the health sciences. This work lay the foundation and gave impetus to the field currently known as fetal origins of adult health and the approach currently called life-course epidemiology. Towards the end of his career, he was studying ways to reduce the neurological and cognitive sequelae of being born preterm.

Training Components:

  • Fellows will be integrated into the multi-disciplinary team of faculty within the GH Sergievsky Center and will be linked with affiliated faculty in other departments and centers across the Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
  • An individually-tailored, mentored research training plan will be established for each fellow.
    • Mentored research
    • Mentored-support for grant writing
    • Facilitating linkage to related research in other departments and centers
Fellows will be supported for two years

Eligibility Criteria:

  • PhD or equivalent (e.g., DrPH, DSc) in the population health sciences (particularly epidemiology), or MD with at least master's level training in epidemiology or biostatistics.
  • Intention to pursue academic research career in population-level research.
  • Interested in research related to perinatal epidemiology.

How to Apply:

  • Please send a letter of interest, resume, and names of 3 references to Dr. Louise Kuhn, G. H. Sergievsky Center, Columbia University, 630 West 168th Street, P&S Unit 16, New York, NY 10032 by email: lk24@cumc.columbia.edu.
  • Further information will be requested from short-listed candidates including letters of recommendation.
  • Application deadline: March 31, 2020.
  • Candidates will be considered for a start date of Summer or Fall 2020.
The Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center
630 West 168 Street, New York, NY 10032
Phone: 212-305-2515
Fax: 212-305-2426

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