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  1. 1. Form NF/06a January 2009 1 NEUROLOGICAL FOUNDATION OF NEW ZEALAND Senior Clinical Research Fellowship – advice to applicants General The Fellowship has been set up to encourage research projects in neurology that address the more immediate problems of patients with neurological disorders. The Foundation hopes to promote the investigation of areas such as new techniques of diagnosis and treatment, clinical audits, formal trials, epidemiological studies and correlations between clinical and pathological findings. The idea is to fund clinicians so that, by arrangement with hospital management, they can split their time between clinical practice and clinical research. Applicants will have completed their formal training in their discipline, which can be any of the clinical branches of the neurosciences, such as neurology, neurosurgery, clinical neurophysiology or neuroradiology. They will have had training in clinical and laboratory research methods and completed research projects to demonstrate their ability as independent investigators. As well as working in their own field, it is hoped that they will be interested and involved in other areas of the neurosciences, and be ready to promote cooperative research. A clinician with these qualifications who wishes to apply for a Fellowship will be asked to submit a program of investigation using the Foundation’s Senior Clinical Research Fellowship application form (NF/06). The Foundation expects some discussion between its Scientific Advisory Committee and the applicant to ensure that the aims of the Foundation will be met but, within these limits, will allow the Fellow scientific freedom to develop the research. The Foundation will however retain the right to discontinue support if the Fellow’s research becomes, in its view, unproductive or moves to fields that it considers inappropriate. Mental health Research. The Neurological Foundation will accept applications designed to further the knowledge and treatment of primary neuropsychiatric or neuropsychological disorders, as long as the research takes a mechanistic approach to discovering or treating a component of the disorder that might be due to an underlying neurological problem. Applications which deal only with the clinical management of mental health disorders will not be considered. Conditions The Fellowship will be tenable only at an approved Institution. Applications will need to be accompanied by a formal agreement from the Institution’s management to the terms of the Fellowship. These terms would normally result from discussions between the applicant, Institutional management and the Foundation, and be agreed to in principle before the lodgement of an application with the Foundation. Salary The Foundation accepts that special conditions of employment are needed, and will offer security to a Fellow comparable to that of a colleague who is pursuing a purely clinical career. A continuing appointment will therefore be secured by a rolling tenure, of a duration to be determined by negotiation, but likely to be four or five years. The Foundation may however require that the initial appointment be for a fixed period, depending on previous experience and the nature of the program. At the end of this period a continuing appointment may be negotiated.
  2. 2. Form NF/06a January 2009 2 Making an application The Foundation will make it known from time-to-time, through Hospital and University Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery, and through the Neurological Association of New Zealand, that it is in a position to appoint a Senior Clinical Research Fellow. Closing dates would normally be April 1st and September 1st to allow time for interviews to be arranged, and for the application to be circulated to members of the Scientific Advisory Committee prior to their biannual meetings. Applications should be made using the form NF/06 (Application for Senior Clinical Research Fellowship). Electronic application forms (in MS Word) can be obtained from the Scientific Secretary of the Foundation or from the Foundation web site An original containing signatures plus fifteen copies are required. In addition, please submit an electronic copy of the form to Adjudication and Confirmation The Scientific Advisory Committee will consider the application as advisors to the National Council. If the National Council approves the application, a continuing appointment may be recommended and a term of tenure negotiated with the applicant and the Department. An initial appointment for a fixed period may be required, and the arrangements for this will be negotiated. Acceptance of the Fellowship and the conditions will be embodied in a formal contact between the Fellow and the Foundation. For further Information please contact: Dr Douglas Ormrod Scientific Secretary Neurological Foundation of New Zealand PO Box 110022 (66 Grafton Road – for courier) Auckland 1148 Phone: (09)309-7749 Fax: (09) 377 0614 E-mail:
  3. 3. Form NF/06a January 2009 3 APPENDIX: FIELDS OF RESEARCH – NEUROLOGICAL FOUNDATION OF NEW ZEALAND Addiction: alcohol Genetic diseases Mol & cell biology: cell cycle Addiction: other Genetics: gene expression Mol & cell biology: cell Addiction: tobacco Genetics: gene mapping proliferation Affective disorders Genetics: gene targeting Mol & cell biology: Ageing Genetics: gene therapy developmental AIDS: behaviour Genetics: general Mol & cell biology: AIDS: clinical Handicapped persons differentiation Alcohol/drug dependence Health care evaluation Mol & cell biology: hormones Alcohol: clinical Health economics & growth factors Alzheimer's disease Health planning Mol & cell biology: membranes Anaesthesia and pain Health policy Mol & cell biology: mitosis management Health services research Mol & cell biology: necrosis Anatomy and histology Health: education Mol & cell biology: receptors Anatomy: general Health: promotion Mol & cell biology: signal Anatomy: histochemical Health: protection transduction Anatomy: ultrastructure Hearing Mol & cell biology: tumour Autonomic nervous system Huntington's Chorea Morphology Behavioural science Hyperactivity Movement Biochemistry Imaging Multiple sclerosis Biological rhythyms: sleep Immunochemistry Muscular dystrophy Biology: membrane Immunogenetics Neural plasticity Biology: molecular Immunology: autoimmunity Neuroanatomy Biostatistics Immunology: basic Neurobiology Brain stem Immunology: cellular Neurochemistry Cancer: chemotherapy Immunology: clinical Neurology Cancer: clinical trials Immunology: cytokines and Neurology: autonomic Cancer: epidemiology growth factors Neurology: central Cardiovascular: regulation Immunology: general Neurology: general Child health Immunology: inflammatory Neurology: peripheral Clinical trials processes Neuromuscular disease Community care Immunology: molecular Neuropathology Community health biology Neuropeptides Community health: risk Immunology: therapy Neuropharmacology reduction Immunopathology Neurophysiology: basic Community health: screening Immunotoxins Neurophysiology: clinical Computer modelling Infectious diseases Neuropsychology Computing Inflammation Neuroscience Congenital abnormalities Injury: prevention Neurosurgery Dentistry Injury: unintentional Neurotoxicity Depression Intensive care Neurotransmitters/neuromodul Dermatology Kinesiology ators Diet Language NMR: radiology Disability Learning Nursing: clinical Down's syndrome Maori health Nursing: community Drug design/development Mathematical modelling Occupational health Drug interactions Medical physics Occupational health: injury Drugs Medicine: general prevention Drugs of abuse Memory Occupational health: risk Drugs of dependence Mental health: illness reduction Drugs: mode of action Mental health: services Occupational health: Ear disease Mental health: wellbeing screening Endocrinology: Metabolic disease Oncology and carcinogenesis neuroendocrinology Microbiology Ophthalmology Endocrinology: pituitary Mol & cell biology Optometry Environmental health Mol & cell biology: apoptosis Pacific Islander's health Environmental toxicology Mol & cell biology: cell Paediatrics Epidemiology activation Paediatrics: adolescent Epilepsy Mol & cell biology: cell Paediatrics: behavioural Ethics adhesion Paediatrics: development
  4. 4. Form NF/06a January 2009 4 Paediatrics: general exchange/transport Psychopathology Pain Physiology: muscle Psychopharmacology Parasitology Physiology: sensory Psychotherapy Parkinson's disease Physiology: smooth muscle Public health Pathology Physiotherapy Quality of life Pathology: anatomic Poisons and chemicals Rehabilitation medicine Pathology: experimental Prescribing Reproduction Pathology: general Preventive medicine Schizophrenia Pathology: histochemistry and Primary health care Serotonin cytology Psychiatry Sexuality Pathology: histopathology and Psychiatry: adolescent Sleep EM Psychiatry: adult Social work Pathology: immunopathology Psychiatry: autism Speech Pathology: molecular Psychiatry: child Spina Bifida Pathology: neuropathology Psychiatry: epidemiology Spinal cord Pharmacology Psychiatry: forensic Sports medicine Pharmacology: autonomic Psychiatry: general Sudden Infant Death Pharmacology: clinical Psychiatry: liaison Syndrome Pharmacology: experimental Psychiatry: psychosomatic Suicide Pharmacology: general Psychiatry: psychosomatics Surgery Pharmacology: molecular Psychiatry: psychotherapy Surgery: clinical Pharmacology: receptors Psychiatry: social Surgery: experimental Pharmacology: toxicology Psychology: adolescent Survey methodology Physical education Psychology: adult Tissue culture: embryonic Physiology Psychology: basic stem cells Physiology: auditory Psychology: behaviour Tissue culture: mammalian Physiology: brain analysis cells Physiology: cardiovascular Psychology: child Tissue culture: organs Physiology: cellular/molecular Psychology: clinical Toxicology Physiology: corneal Psychology: community Trauma Physiology: developmental Psychology: development Vision Physiology: ear Psychology: forensic Weight disorders Physiology: general Psychology: psychometrics Physiology: ion Psychology: social