Cleveland Clinic London Announces Collaboration with Queen Square Institute of Neurology, University College London to Develop Next Generation of Neurologists

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LONDON: Cleveland Clinic London  and University College London Queen Square Institute of Neurology (IoN) have announced a unique fellowship programme to develop the next generation of neurologists and neurosurgeons.

Fellows will be employed by Cleveland Clinic and will register part-time at UCL on either an M.D. or Ph.D. three-to-four year programme. Research projects  will be supervised by IoN, and there will be opportunities for collaboration with Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute in the United States. The fellowship posts will start in August 2021 or February 2022.

The clinical component of the programme will be based at Cleveland Clinic London hospital, which opens at 33 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, in early 2022.  The hospital will have 184 inpatient beds, eight operating rooms, a full imaging suite, endoscopy and catheterisation labs, and day-case rooms for surgery.

A comprehensive neuroscience service will include a dedicated neurosurgical theatre with iMRI, and a 42-bed neuro-rehabilitation ward – one of the biggest in U.K. private healthcare. The neuro-rehab ward will offer consultant-led rehabilitation for patients with complex needs and a wide range of neurological disorders including stroke, traumatic brain injury and spinal injury. There will be dedicated video telemetry beds for sleep and complex epilepsy.

Teaching and training for undergraduate medical students and postgraduate fellows will be embedded within the programme. The fellows will support these neuroscience services.

“We are excited to bring together Cleveland Clinic’s long-standing reputation for excellence in research and education, with the U.K.’s leading neuroscience research institute,” said Tommaso Falcone M.D., Chief of Staff, Chief Academic Officer and medical director at Cleveland Clinic London.

“Working with IoN means we can offer a truly exceptional fellowship programme that is backed by our Lerner Research Institute in Cleveland. Our London fellows will be joining forces with the Lerner Institute’s department of neurosciences to better understand the mechanisms of brain development and function, the causes of neurodegenerative diseases, and developing new therapeutic strategies.”

“I am delighted to strongly support this new and innovative training and research collaboration,” said  professor Michael Hanna, M.D., neurologist and director of the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology.

“The new fellows will have a range of potential M.D./Ph.D. research project options and will be supervised by world-leading  principal investigators  drawn from our vibrant basic and clinical neuroscience community at the Institute of Neurology. The research programme will be complemented by excellent clinical neuroscience experience at Cleveland Clinic London to produce the neurological and neurosurgical clinician-scientist leaders of the future.”

Education is integral to Cleveland Clinic’s vision, and the Education Institute in Cleveland has been a vital component of Cleveland  Clinic since its founding in 1921. The institute oversees world-class training programmes for doctors, nurses, medical students, residents and fellows, along with allied health professionals. In addition, Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Continuing Education provides a host of events, digital tools and journal activity to improve patient care through medical education.

IoN’s academic mission is to provide the best quality learning experience for undergraduates, postgraduates and doctoral students who want  to pursue a career in neuroscience. With its concentration of clinical and applied scientific activity, the institute is a unique national resource for postgraduate training and research in neurology, its associated disciplines and the basic neurosciences.

About Cleveland Clinic London
Cleveland Clinic London hospital opens in early 2022. It will have 184 inpatient beds, including 29 ITU beds; eight operating rooms; a full imaging suite; endoscopy and cardiac catheterisation laboratories; day case rooms for surgery; and a full neurological suite with rehabilitation. In addition to comprehensive cardiovascular and thoracic services, it will offer orthopaedics, digestive diseases, urology, gynaecology, neurosciences, ear nose and throat, general surgery, general practice and executive health.

Cleveland Clinic London is part of the Cleveland Clinic health system. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was established in Cleveland, Ohio in 1921 by four renowned US physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Overall the system operates 18 hospitals with over 6,000 beds, more than 220 outpatient facilities, and has locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and now London, England.

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About UCL IoN
The UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology has a world class reputation for neuroscience. The mission is to translate neuroscience discovery research into treatments for patients with neurological diseases. A number of important research centres are based at the Institute, including the MRC International Centre for Genomic Medicine in Neuromuscular Diseases and the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging.

The Institute is closely associated in its work with the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery (NHNN), University College London Hospitals' NHS Foundation Trust, and in combination they form a national and international centre at Queen Square for teaching, training and research in neurology and allied clinical and basic neurosciences

A large proportion of the Institute's funding is obtained from the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The most recent research assessment exercise, REF2014, showed that the IoN, as part of the Faculty of Brain Sciences, is the first rated UK institution for neuroscience research output

The Institute has a significant postgraduate teaching and training portfolio, with nearly 500 graduate students at Queen Square. The Institute employs just over 750 staff, and hosts just under 300 honorary & visiting staff, spread over a complex and large estate comprising of over 15 buildings. The Institute currently holds 627 active research projects, totalling £304 million. Our annual turnover is £85 million.

There are 130 Principal Investigators at IoN, including: 113 professors/ professorial research associates and 25 emeritus professors; 11 Fellows of the Royal Society; 29 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences; 1 Nobel Prize winner.

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