Membership Guidelines

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Hope Center Faculty represent a diverse group of investigators whose research programs are designed to address the Hope Center mission.  Membership enables a subsidy for use of Hope Center core facilities, as well as the opportunity to apply for annual Hope Center pilot project awards.  In exchange for these benefits, the Hope Center requires that active faculty members pursue research that is relevant to our mission, and commit to participation in Hope Center activities.

Relevant Research
Commitment to Participate
How to Apply
Maintaining Membership status

Relevant Research

Applicants must be faculty members and have an active research program that is relevant to the Hope Center mission.

The mission of the Hope Center is to improve the lives of people living with neurological disorders, through collaborative research that aims to discover fundamental mechanisms of neurodegeneration and repair, and translate that new understanding into cures and treatments.

Commitment to participate

The Hope Center supports several opportunities for education and collaboration: Monthly Research Group meetings, Monday Noon seminars, an annual Retreat, an annual Symposium, and occasional events with Hope Happens to raise awareness (details below).  Faculty applying for Hope Center membership agree to participate in two or more of these activities.

Research Group Meetings

There currently are four Hope Center Research Groups:

  • Axon Injury & Repair
  • Neurodegeneration (Hope Center Program on Protein Aggregation and Neurodegeneration, HPAN)
  • Neurogenetics
  • Neurovascular Injury & Repair

Additionally, a PI Chalk Talk provides an opportunity for faculty members to get feedback from peers on planned grant submissions and research portfolios. Research groups typically meet monthly during the academic year, with presentations by faculty or lab members in a lab meeting format.  Presenters in all of these groups can be from outside Hope Center labs.

Research Groups

Monday Noon Seminars

The weekly Hope Center Monday Noon seminar series runs from November through May, and is organized along mini-series topics that are coordinated by Hope Center faculty members. 

Monday seminars

Annual Hope Center Retreat

The annual Retreat is held in early spring, and is an opportunity for members of Hope Center labs and new Hope Center faculty to showcase their work.  The Retreat program includes short talks from graduate students and post docs, a keynote talk, and a poster session. Graduate student and post doc presenters are eligible to compete for Hope Center Awards.


Occasional fundraising events with our not-for-profit affiliate, Hope Happens

The Hope Center is a collaborative alliance with our not-for-profit partner, Hope Happens.  Hope Happens provides much-needed funding and works to raise awareness of our efforts.  Hope Center faculty are occasionally invited to participate in these efforts. 

Hope Happens

How to apply

Faculty considering Hope Center membership are encouraged to contact Anneliese Schaefer in advance of submitting a complete application.

An application for membership should include:

  1. A one-paragraph description of the applicant’s research program, including a description of how that program addresses the Hope Center mission.
  2. A biosketch or a list of relevant grant support and/or publications that address mechanisms of neurological disorders, injury and/or repair.
  3. Designation of the Hope Center Research Group(s) that best fits the research goals of the lab.

Maintaining membership status

As noted, Hope Center Faculty members commit to participation in Hope Center activities.  This includes at least two of the following:

  • Research group participation (attend and/or present at least 25% of one series)
  • Attend Monday noon seminars (at least 25% of the seminars)
  • Organize a Monday Noon mini-series topic
  • Attend the annual Hope Center Retreat
  • Serve on the review committee for Hope Center Pilot Project applications
  • Volunteer time for a Hope Happens event

Participation will be evaluated on an annual basis.



For inquiries about applying for or maintaining Hope Center membership, contact Anneliese Schaefer.

Learn more

Click on the links below to learn more about Hope Center resources and opportunities.

Research Groups

Monday Noon seminars

Annual Retreat

Annual Symposium

Core Facilities

Pilot Projects