Advancing biomedical discoveries through experiential and integrated learning

  • Professor Stavroula Andreopoulos, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine
  • Professor Michelle Arnot, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine
  • Professor Michelle French, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine

Abstract

Through the development, implementation and evaluation of two pioneering collaborative courses for Faculty of Arts and Science Basic Medical Sciences students, we will introduce biomedical research through an innovation lens. JPM300H – Research Readiness and Advancing Biomedical Discoveries and JPM400Y – Biomedical Incubator Capstone Project will be developed bythe Departments of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Biochemistry, and Physiology for Major and Specialist program students.

In JPM300H, via online modules and in-class active learning sessions, students will explore how scientists work to develop, manage and commercialize biomedical discoveries. Content will focus on the development of key research and industry skills required for future success: project and budget oversight, data integrity, and the ability to communicate to diverse audiences. Developed online modules will be shared broadly with members of the UofT community, allowing for hundreds of students beyond the course to benefit.

Students interested in honing their skills will be eligible for JPM400Y, where they will work as a collaborative interdisciplinary biomedical innovation team on a research proposal in a simulated workplace/start-up setting. Under mentor supervision, students will apply project and budget management principles and practice research, business and communication workplace skills necessary for their future careers.