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Mayo Clinic inaugurates doctoral research training in regenerative medicine

The Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has inaugurated a doctoral (Ph.D.) research training program in regenerative sciences. This innovative program will be one of the first in the nation.

The Regenerative Sciences Training Program was developed in order to better prepare the next generation of scientists. The program will train scientists to quicken the process of discovery, translation, and application of innovative regenerative diagnostics and therapeutics.

“This program will push forward the medical treatments of tomorrow,” says Karen Hedin, Ph.D., director of the Regenerative Sciences Training Program. “We’re trying to give our students all the tools they’ll need to speed up the translation and application of novel therapies.”

The Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine is funding 5-year fellowships. Up to 16 students will have all their tuition costs covered and pay them a stipend plus benefits. Through additional sources which include the National Institutes of Health, the program will seek funding in the upcoming years.

Frederic Meyer, M.D., Mayo Clinic\’s executive dean of education, is putting much effort into the Development of the Regenerative Sciences Training Program. He is the Juanito Kious Waugh Executive Dean for Education. The program was organized collaboratively by leaders in the Center for Regenerative Medicine and the graduate school.

“The training program will identify talented students who are committed to careers in discovering, developing and applying regenerative science to advance medical progress,” says Richard Hayden, M.D., an otolaryngologist, and director of education for the Center for Regenerative Medicine in an article from Newswise. “Graduates of the program will be integral to building the multidisciplinary workforce needed to drive the future of healthcare at Mayo Clinic and around the world.”

There are seven Ph.D. tracks and students can choose one program to specialize in. The tracks include:

  1. Biochemistry and molecular biology
  2. Biomedical engineering
  3. Clinical and translational sciences
  4. Immunology
  5. Molecular pharmacology and experimental therapeutics
  6. Neurobiology of disease
  7. Virology and gene therapy

Students will have the opportunity to take courses developed in collaboration with the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. They will also receive proper training and experience through a variety of labs involving regenerative science projects.

Additionally, all tracks will incorporate interdisciplinary training in regenerative sciences research which includes regenerative technology; ethical use of regenerative medical solutions; communication with scientific, medical business and government professionals; biobusiness development and federal regulations; and skills for translating regenerative medical solutions into clinical applications.

“We have a number of labs and faculty already doing research in regenerative science,” says Dr. Hedin, the head of a Mayo lab focusing on molecular mechanisms of signal transduction in cancer and immune disorders.

Classes offered by the program will be available for students in all five Mayo schools via teleconference or in person. With the help of this program, awareness about regenerative sciences will be covered throughout Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. Additionally, the center is currently in the works of developing new projects on regenerative science which will include:

a master\’s degree program in regenerative sciences
Symposium on regenerative medicine
adding a regenerative medicine component to their surgical residency programs.

Doctoral candidates from all over the globe will compete according to Dr. Hedin. The students who complete the program will graduate with a doctorate in biomedical sciences with an emphasis in regenerative sciences and their track of choice.

“There was a lot of competition for these first slots,” Dr. Hedin says. “And we expect more competition in coming years. Students want to know their work will improve the lives of patients.”

Only three or four students will be accepted to the Regenerative Sciences Training Program per year. However, in the coming years, students will be accepted to all three graduate schools in Arizona, Florida, and Rochester.

Source: Newswise

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