The module will start with an introductory session on common research techniques used in Biomedical Science. This will be followed by sessions covering the following topics:
i) Embryonic stem cells (2 sessions)
ii) Neural stem cells
iii) Musculoskeletal stem cells (2 sessions)
iv) Cancer stem cells
v) Ethics (2 sessions)
Each topic will be taught by an academic with a specialist interest in the subject area. The sessions will combine a seminar and general discussion in order to clarify any points and to
frame any questions arising from the lecture that the students find interesting.
Prior to each topic, the relevant manuscript and supporting documentation will be uploaded onto the course materials section of Blackboard. You should read the methods section, in order to ensure that you are familiar with the basic principles of the techniques and/or any confusing abbreviations used.
Methodological queries will be discussed at the session. For topics 1, and 3 one or more students, depending on class numbers will be designated to prepare an oral presentation on the paper for the following week. This will comprise the paper and background questions arising from the article or the seminar. All students will be expected to join in the discussion of the paper during and after the presentation, although only presenting students will be graded. Presenting students will be expected to research other articles to introduce concepts in the paper. All students will be expected to research other articles to bring to the general discussion of paper.
For topics 2 and 4, all students will write a review of the paper stating the hypothesis and summarising the background, results and conclusions with comment on strengths, weaknesses and any new questions arising as a consequence of the paper. There will be no oral presentation for these topics.
For topic 5, all students will participate in a discussion/debate.