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Translational Research

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Med-into-Grad Translational Training Program (TTP)

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute - University of Chicago PhD/MS Translational Training Program (TTP) is designed to engage students in both basic biological and clinical research, and to bridge the gap between highly specialized research and human disease processes in the context of a formal PhD program. Graduates will receive a PhD in their chosen discipline and an MS in Translational Research.

In additional to gaining a strong understanding of modern research methodology, trainees will simultaneously be trained in pathophysiology and exposed to clinical problems that present them with opportunities to establish credentials as a biomedical researcher.

First-year doctoral students in the Biomedical Sciences cluster, which includes the Committees on Cancer Biology, Immunology, Microbiology, and Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition are eligible to apply. These four academic units share several common courses, seminar series, retreats and additional common events.

Students in the Neuroscience cluster, specifically the Committees on Neurobiology and Computational Neuroscience, are also welcome to apply. Neurobiology is an interdepartmental program designed to provide training and instruction for students interested in the biology of the nervous system, while computational neuroscience is concerned with how components of the various nervous systems interact to produce behaviors.

A call for applications will be issued to eligible students in late Winter Quarter through the program administrators of the eligible programs and on the program website, due early in Spring Quarter.  The application includes a research statement and a UC transcript.  Decisions are made by Translational Research faculty.  Decisions are released in late Spring Quarter.

The Translational Training Program courses (several that were designed specifically for this program), lectures and workshops offer exposure to a wide array of clinical situations which would not be experienced in a regular basic science program. In addition, the requirement of having a thesis supervisor with a clinical background assures a medical focus in the research project.

Participants are also required to develop thesis projects focused on human biology or disease processes, and remain intellectually engaged with translational research topics through various conferences, seminars and the CTSA Translational Research and Outcomes Research workshops. Each trainee will have two mentors: one from their primary program and one with a clinical background.

Molecular Pathogenesis & Molecular Medicine Courses

MPMM 40500. Team Translational Project I. 100 Units.

No description available.

Instructor(s): Louis Philipson and Richard Kraig     Terms Offered: Summer
Prerequisite(s): Admission to HHMI-MiG program

MPMM 40614. Team Translational Project II. 100 Units.

No description available.

Instructor(s): Louis Philipson and Richard Kraig     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): Admission to HHMI-MiG program

MPMM 40700. Team Translational Project III: Translational Research and Associated Clinical Trials. 100 Units.

No description available.

Instructor(s): Nancy Schwartz     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor

MPMM 40800. Team Translational Project IV: Clinical Experience. 100 Units.

No description available.

Instructor(s): Nancy Schwartz     Terms Offered: Summer
Prerequisite(s): Admission to HHMI-MiG program