Rehabilitation and Neural Plasticity

The Neurological Rehabilitation Program offers a 1-2 year fellowship for clinical and basic research training. Research opportunities include animal models of recovery after stroke and spinal cord injury, as well as functional neuroimaging during innovative strategies to improve walking and use of the upper extremity. A new program in using wireless sensors to monitor real-world activities and for use as outcome measurement tools is also available. One clinical emphasis includes aspects of functional recovery and neuroplasticity related to motor control and motor learning. We aim to develop clinical scientists who become leaders in this exciting field, so 50% time is for research. The fellow attends a weekly half-day neurorehabilitation clinic and gains experience in clinical care on the 11-bed inpatient rehabilitation service. Drs. Tom Carmichael, David Alexander, Andrew Dorsch, and Bruce Dobkin attend and offer research experiences.

Please arrange to send at least two letters of recommendation from your present program. Also, arrange to visit our program or call for a personal interview by e-mailing:

Bruce H. Dobkin, M.D.
Professor of Neurology
UCLA Department of Neurology
710 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Fellowship Information

Fellowship Duration

1-2 years

Fellowship Salary

In keeping with departmental standards, including benefits

Fellowship Application Period

Accepted throughout the year

Typical Source of Funding

NIH and AHA grants, foundations

Number of Positions Funded Per Year


Is Program Conducted Entirely Within the Department of Neurology