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Training Programs

The Waisman Center provides interdisciplinary training to hundreds of students and clinicians in the fields of developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases. Training these students requires the collaboration of researchers and clinicians. Undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows who receive training at the Waisman Center learn firsthand how successful approaches to research and treatment derive from synergies among the disciplines.

Research training at the Waisman Center prepares graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to develop independent research careers. They learn state-of-the-art techniques alongside the center's faculty and bring the center's unique facilities and research resources to bear on their own research ideas. Because these research trainees move on to faculty or research positions at other universities, the Waisman Center has a ripple effect at centers of higher education nationally and internationally.

Each year, the Waisman Center provides training to undergraduates and graduate students studying to be physicians, psychologists, social workers, speech pathologists, physical and occupational therapists, nutritionists, and other clinical disciplines relevant to developmental disabilities. It is the home of the UW-Madison's Genetic Counseling Training Program.

Research and clinical training is expensive and time consuming. Faculty mentors for trainees at the Waisman Center spend countless hours supervising students in the laboratory and in the clinics.

Your gift to the Waisman Center training programs and trainees will make it possible for this tradition to survive and continue - one generation of scientists and clinicians training the next, each advancing closer to the time when developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases are fully understood, preventable, or are treatable.