15 July 2016
Biosciences: From Bench to Bedside
This unique module offers qualifying students the opportunity to gain privileged access to King's pioneering research, teaching and laboratories. You will discover how these world-renowned King's research units save patients lives, learning first hand how research projects turn into treatment options for sick patients. For 2016, students will study the themes of Drug Discovery and Development, Stem Cells and Cancer Research.
The advantage of the module is that it will allow students from very diverse backgrounds to gain a detailed understanding in the field of biobanking, bioinformatics and epidemiology in the context of cancer studies. The module will guide the students from basic principles of biobanking to high throughput technologies and their analytical pipelines to the discovery of certain patterns, via identification of risk factors, to the design of population-based epidemiological studies to test the clinical use of the bioinformatical discoveries.
The drug discovery and development theme is designed to give students an understanding of the drug discovery and development pipeline and beyond (from drug candidate selection, in vitro and in vivo testing, through to clinical trials. The regulatory aspects of drug development and post marketing surveillance and safety measures will also be discussed. In addition to showing a drug works (efficacy) it also needs to be safe (with minimal unacceptable adverse effects).
By themselves, cellular therapies are unique opportunities for the advancement of science and their translation into benefits for patients. However, the complexity of cell manufacturing, the underlying regulatory framework and the business models represent challenges that profoundly delay the feasibility of healthcare delivery.
During the in-depth, three week long programme, participants will attend lectures and workshops by leaders in the respective field. Students will be introduced to:
•Stem cell strategies in organogenesis and regeneration
•Distinct model systems (including ES and iPS cells) and organisms (mouse, zebrafish, C. elegans)
•Techniques on iPS cells (including derivation, analysis and imaging of stem cells)
•Regulation and de-regulation of stem cells (cancer and ageing)
•Into the clinics: the scientific base of cellular therapy
•Techniques / methodologies at the forefront of cellular therapy
•Internationally recognized guidelines to the development of cellular therapies
•Ethics and patents in stem cell research and on cellular therapies
Confirmed timetables are expected to be published at the end of February, but we expect that the course will include lab visits for each theme and visits to the Gordon Museum and the Wellcome Trust.
Modules leads for the theme of Cancer Research using Biobanking, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology:
Dr Cheryl Gillett
Dr Anita Grigoriadis
Dr Mieke Van Hemelrijck
Modules leads for the theme of Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine:
Dr Ines Sequeira,
Taught by the King’s Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, this module is aimed at undergraduate students in Biosciences from across the world, who have completed their second year of undergraduate study.
The first theme announced for the Bioscience – from bench to bedside Summer School is “Cancer Research using Biobanking, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology”. This is designed for a wide range of public health professionals (cancer care providers) and scientists (basic, clinical, biomedical, and pharmaceutical scientists) as well as BSc, MSc, and PhD students with an interest in cancer studies.
The third theme announced for the Bioscience – from bench to bedside summer school is “Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine”. This is designed for a wide range of public health professionals and scientists (basic, clinical, biomedical, and pharmaceutical scientists) as well as BSc, MSc, and PhD students with an interest in stem cell and regenerative studies. It will provide a critical analysis of leading edge technologies and questions in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.
Cancer Research using Biobanking, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology
The general objectives of this module are:
•to provide a basic knowledge of how patient-derived materials are obtained and stored;
•to design and conduct a proper epidemiologic study as well as measure the relevant biomarkers in the laboratory.
Classes can often be taken for credit towards degrees at other institutions, and are examined to university standards. To receive credit for King's summer classes, contact your home institution to ask them to award external credit. This class is equivalent to an undergraduate degree module and usually awarded 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.
GBP 1590: Tuition Fees only.