New science program will graduate biomedical researchers

Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Two girls wearing white lab coats and blue gloves conduct science experiments.
Students admitted into the new Transitional and Molecular Medicine program will get a lot of hands-on lab experience. Photo: Couvrette/Ottawa
By Linda Scales

Undergraduate science students interested in becoming biomedical researchers, or simply having an innovative learning experience about biologically relevant medical issues, may want to pay attention. The clock is ticking toward the April 29 application deadline for the Faculty of Medicine’s new Translational and Molecular Medicine (TMM) program, which starts this September.

What is TMM? Translational research in molecular medicine is research at the cellular and molecular level with the intent of moving the research findings about diseases from the “test tube to the bloodstream,” says Jean-François Couture, TMM director and a professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology.

University of Ottawa students who graduate with an honours science degree in TMM will be equipped with theoretical and hands-on experience to do cutting-edge biomedical research addressing complex biomedical challenges. Those who aspire to medical school will have the makings of a unique portfolio to use for their medical school application.

Couture says “science is all about curiosity” and the new program will be “curiosity-driven.”

Instruction and mentorship will be provided by active biomedical researchers and MDs from the Faculty of Medicine and its affiliated institutes, such as the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the Brain and Mind Research Institute and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. In addition, there will be fewer traditional lectures, and instead, nine labs will be used (the largest number for an undergraduate program in Canada), as well as team-learning, self-learning and online activities.

Learn more about the TMM program.

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