Cluster 6: Biomedical Sciences – Clinical Translational Science: The Next Generation of Biomedical Research



Dr. Dan Cooper, M.D., Professor and AVC, Clinical and Translational Research, Pediatrics, UCI

Dr. Diana Vigil, Admin Analyst, Institute For Clncl Trans Sci, UCI

Prerequisite: High School Biology

Course Description:

The course represents the foundational level of education in clinical research and translational science where discoveries are targeted to benefit sick patients and protect healthy populations from disease.  Through case studies and presentations, students will be introduced to critical thinking about research ideas, technologies and approaches that aim to advance the process through which basic science laboratory discoveries are translated to applications at the patient bedside, and the population level. The course features lectures, laboratory visits, and interactions with UC Irvine physicians and scientists who are actively involved in the burgeoning field of clinical and translational science.

  • Translational Technologies
  • Human Performance Laboratory
  • Robotics Laboratory (new tools for surgery; new tools for rehabilitation)
  • Cells-in-Action Laboratory
  • Exploring the Chemistry of Human Ventilate (Markers of Disease in the Human Breath)
  • Study Design and Biostatistics
  • The New Ethics of Clinical Research
  • Biomedical Informatics – The New Age of Electronic Medical Record
  • How computers will revolutionize health care
  • Principles of data mining for new discoveries
  • Medical Research and Community Outreach and Engagement
  • The Science of Team Science

Project/Presentation Requirement:
During the 4 weeks students work in teams to design a clinical trial around a specific disease while playing the role as a physician scientist. The proposed project is presented the final day of the course. By the end of the course, students will gain a greater appreciation of the challenges of team science, how physicians and health care professionals can enhance basic research, and how the value of new discoveries depend in large measure on how well they are translated into changes in the practice of medicine in our communities.