United Kingdom, London

Biosciences: From Bench to Bedside

when 26 June 2017 - 14 July 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
fee GBP 1500

This module will give you the unique opportunity to discover how our world-renowned King's research units save patients’ lives and learn first-hand how research projects turn into treatment options for sick patients. It is aimed at undergraduate students in biological sciences from across the world, who have completed their second year of undergraduate study, and are looking to learn from world-leading scientists, access specialist laboratories and visit world-famous science museums.
This module will consist of a minimum of 45 contact hours with teaching taking place between 9 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday.

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.

Target group

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.

Course aim

Learning outcomes and objectives
By the end of the module, you should have:
• gained privileged access to King's pioneering research, teaching and laboratories.
• gained experience of themes of bioscience research currently undertaken at the faculty.
• experienced the skills used by researchers to communicate your work preparation of a poster, a presentation and a short written article.
• improved your knowledge of academic, analytical and data interpretation skills.

Credits info

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.

Fee info

GBP 1500: Tuition Fee