MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

GS21 1301 Clinical Perspectives for a Basic Scientist

Bhat, Krishna; Kwong, Lawrence; Taguchi, Ayumu; and Tapia, Coya. One semester hour. Summer, annually. Grading System: Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: None. Audit permitted.

Impacting clinical practice is a major driver for research in the academic setting and even more so in industry. Understanding of clinical questions/needs is key in order to find the right research focus, or to identify a suitable clinical counterpart to perform research that will translate into clinical practice. In this newly created nanocourse, emphasis is on clinical aspects of cancer, and how research in general can accelerate and contribute to answer clinical questions in this field. Therefore, many of our speakers are clinicians, or have a strong clinical background, e.g. in pathology, surgery, therapy modalities, or clinical trials. The students will hear firsthand what the urgent clinical questions/challenges are and participants will have the opportunity to discuss these themes with the clinicians.  Additionally, we want to highlight clinical aspects in cancer prevention and survivorship to expose students to research opportunities existing in these fields. The nanocourse lectures will close with the testimony of a cancer survivor. At the end of this nanocourse, students will have gained an insight of different clinical specialties and their research questions.

Course Outline Clinical Perspectives for a Basic Scientist