Modern 

Biomedical

Advances

7-day live Course

This course is designed to provide participants an opportunity to learn about promising modern biomedical advances through

expert-led interactive lectures, guided tours of world-class research facilities in major California cities, and hands-on biomedical research exercises with modern biomedical science tools in a laboratory setting.

Course Highlights:

  • Learn about the latest world-class biomedical advances from active biomedical scientists leading change through their research.

  • Tour world-class biomedical research facilities in major scientific centers of California.

  • Gain hands-on experience using the latest biomedical research tools in a research laboratory setting.

  • Receive a Certificate of Study in Modern Biomedical Advances, signed by Doctoral Course Faculty verifying attendance and topics learned. 

Course Mission & Objective

The Mission of this unique Course is to serve as a broadly-accessible educational opportunity for individuals that are interested in enhancing their understanding of world-class modern advances in the biomedical sciences.  To fulfill this mission, this Course's primary objective is that each student successfully completing it will attain the following 4 benefits:

  1. Achieve the Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) published below.

  2. Gain real-life exposure to world-class biomedical research facilities. 

  3. Gain real-life experience interacting with and learning from world-class biomedical research scientists. 

  4. Receive a Certificate of Study in Modern Biomedical Advances, signed by our doctoral dean & faculty, verifying Course topics learned.

Course Curriculum & Student Learning Outcomes

Curriculum Overview:

This is a 7-day, 56-hour, face-t0-face (f2f) educational Course.  Over the span of 7 consecutive days, students enrolled in this program engage in seminar-style interactive lectures led by active biomedical scientists, receive guided tours of world-class biomedical laboratories, and perform hands-on research laboratory exercises.  

Time: 

9AM-5PM (16-hours Total)

Location: 

TBD

Activity: 

Participants experience at least 8 expert-led seminar lectures on modern advances in stem cell biology, regenerative medicine, and therapeutic drug discovery & development.

Time:

9AM-5PM (16-hours Total)

Location:

TBD

Activity:

Participants experience guided tours of at least 4 professional laboratories where world-class biomedical research is actively conducted by a diverse array of scientific experts. 

Time:

9AM-5PM (24 Hours Total)

Location:

TBD

Activity:

Over the course of 3 days, participants are immersed in an active biomedical research laboratory, where they gain hands-on experience using modern molecular biology & genetic engineering tools to study potential  therapies for human diseases.

The topics of study emphasize the following areas of modern biomedical science, given their potential to positively impact human health in the coming decade:

Stem Cell Biology  & Regenerative 

Medicine

Therapeutic 

Drug Discovery

& Development

Biomedical Gerontology

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful Course completion, participants will have demonstrated their capacity to effectively:

  • Describe the significance & mechanisms of modern advances in the biomedical sciences as related to genetic, cellular, and drug-based therapeutics for human diseases. 

  • Describe the biological basis & epidemiology of at least 1 modern human disease.

  • Conduct a laboratory-based, mini-research project relevant to at least 1 modern human disease with at least 2 tools of modern molecular biology. 

Course Location

On each day of the Course, the students are instructed to meet at 9AM at the main campus of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), located at: 10833 Le Conte Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90095.  From there, students travel as a group to various lecture rooms and research laboratories throughout the County of Los Angeles to complete Course Activities. The County of Los Angeles is home to world-class biomedical and medical facilities, and thus serves as a fertile ground for this Course. 

Course Faculty

Dr. Taruna Ikrar, MD, MPharm, PhD

Dr. Ikrar is a physician-scientist & science educator with more than 25 years of biomedical research training & experience.  His scientific research has been published in world-class peer reviewed scientific journals & continue to be cited by scientists & clinicians on an international scale. He currently serves as Professor and Dean at the International School of Biomedical Sciences (ISB) of the Pacific Health Sciences University.

Dr. Walter Francesconi, PhD

Dr. Francesconi is a biomedical scientist & science educator with more than 40 years of biomedical research training & experience.  His scientific research has been published in world-class peer reviewed scientific journals & continue to be cited by scientists & clinicians on an international scale. He previously served as an Associate Professor at the world-class Salk Institute and now serves on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) as a Research Professor.

Dr. David Lyon, PhD

Dr. Lyon is a biomedical scientist & science educator with more than 25 years of biomedical research training & experience.  His scientific research has been published in world-class peer reviewed scientific journals & continue to be cited by scientists & clinicians on an international scale. He currently serves as Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, and Vice-Chair at the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology of the UC Irvine School of Medicine. 

Dr. Stephen Bondy, PhD

Dr. Bondy is a biomedical scientist & science educator with more than 40 years of biomedical research training & experience.  His scientific research has been published in world-class peer reviewed scientific journals & continue to be cited by scientists & clinicians on an international scale. He currently serves as Professor of Medicine and Professor of Pharmacology at the UC Irvine School of Medicine.

additional Course information

Admission Criteria:

The Modern Biomedical Advances (MBA) Course is open for admission to pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars who seek to enhance their understanding of modern world-class advances.

Academic Credit & Certificate of Study:

This is a 56-hour (2 Semester Units of Academic Credit) Course.  Participants that successfully complete this Course receive a Certificate of Study in Modern Biomedical Advances, signed by the Course Faculty.

Course Schedule (2018-2019): 

  • December 3-10, 2018

  • March 20-27 2019

 

How to Enroll: 

Individuals seeking enrollment into this Course are invited to complete & submit the online enrollment application form cited below to initiate our online enrollment application process:

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