About this track

Students in the Clinical Neurodegenerative Research track will have comprehensive exposure to direct patient care including, but not limited to, bedside evaluation by clinicians, bedside cognitive testing, full neuropsychological evaluations, community outreach programs, and social support services for individuals with neurodegenerative diseases and their families. Opportunities for research in this track are diverse and range from building video libraries for educational purposes, writing patient educational materials, clinicopathological correlations, utility of community programs and more. 

Potential candidates are students with interest in clinical care of the elderly. This includes students pursuing degrees in social work, nursing, psychology/applied psychology, neuroscience, health sciences and education [if interested in biological sciences].

Research projects will be tailored to individual interests, strengths and most importantly, goals.

Familiarity with introductory statistics and/or database management, quantitative analysis and manuscript writing will be an asset.

Applicants have the opportunity to rank interest in individual research areas on the Application Form.  Every effort will be made to match you to your preference, but it is not guaranteed. 

About The Banner Sun Health Research Institute

The Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI) offers compassionate, specialized neurology care and cutting-edge research opportunities for Alzheimer disease and related dementias, as well as movement disorders. The Cleo Roberts Memory and Movement Disorders Center provides comprehensive clinical services to the community of Sun City and beyond.

Our clinic is multidisciplinary and includes physicians, nurse practitioners, neuropsychologists and medical social workers supported by medical assistants and administrative staff.  Together, we evaluate, diagnose, treat and care for patients and families with neurodegenerative diseases of aging.  BSHRI also houses a robust Clinical Trials program, a Brain and Body Donation Program, and a healthy aging (“Longevity”) study, which allow us to offer cutting edge research opportunities to supplement clinical medical care.  Also available are community outreach programs such as Brain Health Check In, a community service that provides a free cognitive screening with individual recommendations for follow-up. 

Information required:

  • Education history (high school to graduate school)
  • Previous employment
  • Military service
  • Summary of past research experience
  • Personal statement
  • Contact information for faculty and professional references
  • GPA
  • Unofficial transcripts

Track 5: Brain and Body Donation Program

Location: Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Sun City, AZ

Please review the application before beginning.  Applications must be completed in one sitting. Please allow 30 – 60 minutes to complete.

Applications are closed