GEM4 Summer School

GEM4 Summer Schools

Available Summer Schools

Summer 2006: Infectious Disease
Summer 2007: Cancer


Each year, GEM4 Summer School is hosted at a different participating institution for two weeks.  Strong laboratory experience and exposure to local research facilities is provided in addition to introductory and advanced tutorials.

The objective of the summer schools is to educate researchers and graduate students in the fundamentals of cell and molecular biomechanics and its applications in medicine, to provide an intense learning experience, and to facilitate interactions among engineers, biologists and clinicians. The goals are to help train a new generation of researchers with in-depth knowledge of biomechanics and molecular medicine and to help scientists and clinicians apply biomechanical approaches in biomolecular, cellular, tissue-level, animal-model and clinical studies.

The philosophy of the summer school is to emphasize basic concepts and problem-based learning in cell and molecular biomechanics, and integrating lecturing, in-class discussion, case-studies and hands-on experience. All teaching activities will have a focus on a particular, broad disease type each year: for example, infectious disease (2006), cancer (2007), and cardiovascular disease (2008). The core teaching material may remain the same, but the examples, case-studies and lab work may be chosen based on the focus topic. The summer school will also include laboratory sessions and interactions with local hospitals and medical research facilities.
The summer school is expected to be particularly appealing to:

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