Biomedical Research Lab

  • LocationUtrecht
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Starting moment08-07-2024
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Teaching methodAt location
  • Price€2450
  • ECTS3. EC

This interdisciplinary lab course gives you a realistic insight into the life of a biomedical researcher. We provide advanced bachelor students (with backgrounds in medicine and/or life sciences) with the opportunity to conduct authentic and real-world biomedical research in small interdisciplinary groups. The research is conducted in a well-equipped (wet) laboratory and focuses on urgent medical cases or ongoing translational medicine research problems.

Each group will study the same hypothesis from different perspectives by applying different research methods. At the end of the course, you will collectively write a short research report and present the outcomes of your project.

For more information about our Summer School, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IXnG5-dlUo

This interdisciplinary lab course gives you a realistic insight into the life of a biomedical researcher. During this intensive two-week course, we provide advanced bachelor students (with a background in medicine and/or life sciences) with the opportunity to conduct authentic and real-world research in a well-equipped (wet) laboratory. This research topic will focus on an urgent medical need, e.g. on an actual patient case with an unknown medical problem or on an ongoing translational medicine research problem. All participants are divided into subgroups that will all study the same problem from different perspectives by applying different research methods.

In the first two days of this course, together with your peers, you will define a hypothesis through conducting a brief literature study, using (unpublished) research documents or a medical patient file. Then, you will all test the same hypothesis in a biomedical laboratory by using different approaches and research methods. You will be extensively supervised by experts in the field and qualified laboratory staff. You will have work meetings with the supervisors and the other students, where the obtained data and plans are discussed.

At the end of the course, together you will write a brief research report with the acquired data. In addition, you will present the final outcomes of your project to your peers and the staff, just like professional researchers do at research conferences.

The interdisciplinary nature of this course will bridge the gap between biomedicine and (translational) medical research to further enhance ongoing and actual medical (research and patient) problems.

For more information about our Summer School, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IXnG5-dlUo

Target audience

This course is open to advanced bachelor students with a medicine and/or life science/ biomedical sciences background. We are aiming for a balance between the different study backgrounds. Background knowledge on the following topics is recommended: molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, and pathology.

Aim of the course

After completing this course, you will be able to

Explain, clarify, and discuss the most important theories and research concepts of your research

Define a research question from a (bio)medical problem

Perform (translational) research in a research laboratory

Interpret your obtained data, write a research report, and present your data to peers

Work together in an interdisciplinary team

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