NIH Sponsored Advanced Training Course
The Stem Cells and Regeneration Course (formerly known as FrHESC) is an advanced training course focused on human embryonic stem cell (HESC) research as well as the recruitment and development of future HESC scientists by supporting them during an intensive and comprehensive research training experience. The anticipated ultimate goals of the FrSCR Scholars are to join the ranks of leading investigators and physician-scientists in solving critical concerns in stem cell biomedicine, perhaps the most important criterion for the success of this advanced training course. In October 2012, the FrHESC course was held in Woods Hole, MA.
FrSCR is an intensive laboratory and lecture course designed for young independent scientists, physicians, and established investigators seeking comprehensive and sophisticated training in research strategies and state-of-the-art methods on cellular, molecular and genetic approaches for advancing the Frontiers in Human Embryonic Stem Cell research. The course provides hands-on laboratory exercises to teach the methods to maintain, characterize, and utilize human embryonic stem cells, as well as to learn of their clinical potentials through pre-clinical investigations, in accordance with NIH and HESC provider requirements. The course’s primary focus on HESC frontiers involves truly interdisciplinary and international approaches owing to the diversity of HESC lines currently eligible, as well as the wide sweeping studies that will likely benefit from HESC applications. As such, the first half of the course involves fundamental HESC cell and molecular biology, whereas the second half engages pioneers across the full spectrum of NIH’s purview.
This comprehensive, dynamic, evolving course includes the complete array of biological and medical perspectives ranging from the fundamental biology through clinical trials. It is designed to consider HESCs from the following perspectives: genetics, reproductive biology, physiology, cell biology, oral biology, neurobiology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, and toxicology. Because the backgrounds and interests of participants vary, FrSCR participants have nearly unlimited time to interact with the faculty, including their own research fellows, for additional research training, mentoring and/or designing HESC experiments. Participants receive authoritative conceptual training in all aspects of HESC research, including, but not limited to: proper growth conditions for cell lines, proper freeze-thaw protocols, correct techniques to passage cells, optimal storage and shipment procedures, reliance on co-culture for maintaining undifferentiated cell lines, and analysis of cellular, genetic and molecular characteristics of HESCs in a rich intellectual academic environment. The course consists of daily lectures from resident faculty and other invited speakers, discussions and informal seminars, laboratory exercises and demonstrations, and one-on-one tutorials.