Deepening Minor: Biomedical research in practice

Would you like to develop new treatments, rather than just treating patients? Do you often think during classes: “but how does this work exactly’? Do you dream of winning the nobel prize. Then choose the minor brip!

  

Name minor:

Biomedical Research in Practice

Code:

GENMIN41

Teaching language:

English

Offered by:

Erasmus MC, Research Master Molecular Medicine (Department of Genetics)

Other programmes which are contributing to the minor:

Research Master Infection and Immunity, Research Master Neurosciences

Access:

This minor is accessible to Bachelor students ‘Geneeskunde’ of Erasmus MC or LUMC, EUC students who have chosen the track ‘life sciences’ and students in the Nanobiology or Clinical Technology Bachelor


Please note that this minor includes an internship abroad. For this reason a selection procedure takes place.  

Application and selection procedure

1. Register this minor as your first preference in Osiris between 1 May and 31 May. Only students that have registered this minor as their 1st preference can be selected. Please also register extra preference (max 5 in total). If you cannot be placed in Biomedical Research in Practice, you will participate in the regular placement lottery for your other minor preferences. 2. After you have registered you will receive an invitation (end of May, early June) to fill out an online application form. The information you fill out on this form will be used for the selection.

 

Content:

Do you think about a career in research? Would you like to work in biomedical research with renowned Erasmus MC researchers, such as professor Jan Hoeijmakers, Ron Fouchier, Chris de Zeeuw and many others? Have you been interested in doing translational research for a long time already? Would you like to participate in one of the Research Master programs mentioned above? Then choose this minor. You will participate in theoretical and practical modules, that form the basis of carrying out biomedical research. The goal of this minor is to introduce students to biomedical research. Various research methods will be discussed and carried out in practice or in demonstration. The program (including exam) will be given in English. This minor will prepare you for entering one of the Research Masters that concentrate on carrying out laboratory experiments.

Learning objectives

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After following this minor students are able to:
  • Apply knowledge of research methods to plan, conduct and analyze biomedical experiments.
  • Develop a research proposal and report research outcomes in written and oral form. 

Specific characteristics

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The student should take into account that: This minor is a ‘deepening minor’ and will therefore only be accessible to medical students that are interested in biomedical research from Erasmus MC or LUMC, EUC students that follow the life science track or Bachelor students Nanobiology and Clinical Technology. A good command of the English language will be necessary for successful completion of this minor. The four week internship can be carried out in Rotterdam or in a foreign research laboratory. This minor is strongly advised when you would like to enter the MSc Molecular Medicine, and provides very relevant background for MSc Infection and Immunity and MSc Neuroscience.


Organisation

Maximum number of students that can participate in the minor: 24
Minimum number of students that can participate in the minor: 10
Contact hours: approximately 80 (plus 4 weeks of full time internships)

Overview modules:

Module 1: Title :

Molecular Cell Biology Theory

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    Code/code:

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    ECTS:

      5
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    content:

    Theoretical modules will cover various subjects from molecular cell biology, immunology, stem cell biology and translational research.
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    Teaching method:

    Lectures, assignments and demonstration practicals
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    Teaching materials:

      Students will receive readers and lecture slide series. The book ‘Essential Cell Biology’ (Alberts et al.) will be used as background literature.
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    Contact hours:

    40
 

Module 2:

Title

: Biomedical Research Practicals

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    Code/code:

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    ECTS:

      2
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    content:

    Practical modules will provide a basic training in carrying out biomedical laboratory techniques from these subject areas under supervision of experienced researchers, in order to prepare you for the lab research project.
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    Teaching method:

    Carry out your own experiments in a practical setting.
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    Teaching materials:

      A manual for the practicals will be provided during the minor.
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    Contact hours:

    36
 

Module 3:

Title

: Lab research project

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    Code/code:

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    ECTS:

      5
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    content:

    This element of the minor gives you the opportunity to choose a research lab and carry out an individual research project. A number of students will have the option to do this research project in a foreign research lab.
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    Teaching method:

    Carry out practical research as part of an ongoing research project under the supervision of an experienced researcher. You present the outcome of this research in a PowerPoint presentation to your fellow students and teachers.
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    Teaching materials:

      Individually distributed research papers about the subject of the internship.
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    Contact hours:

    Four weeks full time in the lab
 

Module 4:

Title

: Research Proposal Writing

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    Code/code:

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    ECTS:

      3
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    content:

    Designing a research proposal about a subject that is determined by you and your supervisor.
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    Teaching method:

    Students will receive a general theme for the research proposal. They will then develop this into a comprehensive set of experiments, with the help of a supervisor. The students will develop these ideas into a written research proposal.
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    Teaching materials:

      Individual research papers.
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    Contact hours:

    4


Examination:

Method of examination:

The examination of the minor will consist of three elements:
  • Written exam
  • Written report of the practical program and project proposal 
  • Lab research rotation (evaluation of work in the lab and oral presentation)


Composition of final grade:

The final grade of this minor will be determined as follows:
  • Written exam (mainly open questions)  (50%)
  • Written report (10%) and project proposal (20%).
  • Grading of the lab research rotation (practical work and oral presentation) (20%).

All parts must be completed with a sufficient mark (5,5 (score 60%) or higher). Compensation between elements is not possible.  One re-exam will be organized in consultation with the student.


Feedback:

During the presentations students will directly receive feedback. The written reports will receive comments from the teacher, which can be discussed if necessary. A preliminary version of the research proposal will be discussed with the supervising researcher before the final version will be produced by the students. Feedback on the exam will be given at the exam discussion session after the exam has been graded.


Contact information

Contact person:

name: Dr. Dik C. van Gent
e-mail: d.vangent@erasmusmc.nl
Phonenumber: 010-7043932
room: Ee700

Faculty website:


www.erasmusmc.nl/mscmolmed/
http://www.infectionimmunity.nl/http://www.erasmusmc.nl/mscneuroscience/