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A major goal of biological research is to acquire insight and tools to solve problems in medicine. The new program in Translational Sciences was developed to address this goal and train graduate students to bring the power of cutting-edge biological tools to bear upon clinical problems. Program faculty members possess broad expertise in both basic and clinical research and are drawn from 15 different academic departments and programs at UMMS.
The program incorporates several unique features to provide focused training at the interface between basic and clinical sciences. Program students are co-mentored with both a basic scientist and a clinical scientist. Regular meetings with both mentors will ensure that the student gains a broad understanding of the application of basic biological methods to clinical problems. New courses have been developed to provide students with an understanding of the principles of translational science and tools for carrying out translational research. Additional program specific activities will include yearly retreats, a seminar program and opportunities to interact directly with clinicians.
Students in the Translational Science program must successfully complete the GSBS core course, the two Translational Science advanced topics courses and a third GSBS advanced topics course that is relevant to the student’s research.
Translational Science students will complete three semesters of laboratory rotations (either half semester or full semester) in the first year to explore options for dissertation research. Students in this program will be encouraged to use this opportunity to investigate both basic science and clinical science laboratories. At the end of the first year, students will select a dissertation advisor and a co-advisor who, together, will guide the student’s research.
The qualifying examination is arranged in consultation with the Graduate Director and can only be taken after successful completion of the GSBS core course, at least two of the advanced topics courses and at least three laboratory rotations.