Program Details

Dates: July 17-August 11, 2017 (Partial Online)

Credits: 3 Credit Special Topics Course COMU 296

On-Campus Housing: Available for an additional fee

Locations: UVM Larner College of Medicine, Burlington Sheraton Conference Center, and Online

Program Overview

BronchoscopyCOMU 296/CLBI 395 Regenerative Medicine is an engaging, summer course that combines learning in the classroom and labs with the rare opportunity to attend a world-class stem-cell conference.

Designed for undergraduate, graduate, post-baccalaureate, and post-doctoral students seeking to immerse themselves in the range of disciplines that encompass Regenerative Medicine, the program covers stem cell biology, cell therapy, gene editing, bioengineering, robotics, and advanced microscopy/imaging, such as multi-photon and atomic force microscopy. Students also study the challenges of bringing new therapies to the level of human clinical trials, issues of commercialization and marketing, and patient risk (e.g., stem cell “medical tourism”).

This one-of-a-kind course is led by Daniel J. Weiss MD, PhD, Jeff Spees, PhD, and other leading experts from the UVM Larner College of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, Grossman School of Business, and College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

Week 1: July 17 – 21 and July 28, 2017
On-Campus at UVM: Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm

The classroom experience during the first week of study will be complemented by hands-on learning and exposure to the UVM Stem Cell Core Laboratory, Instrumentation and Modeling Facility, and the microscopy laboratories. Students work individually and in groups to gather relevant literature and develop presentations for group discussion.

Week 2: July 24 – 27, 2017
Stem Cell Conference in Burlington

During the second week, students participate in an exclusive Regenerative Medicine conference, “Stem Cells, Cell Therapies, and Bioengineering in Lung Biology and Diseases.”  Attending the leading conference in the world on Lung Regenerative Medicine offers students the opportunity to learn from cutting edge presentations and network with top national and international investigators in the field. Students will also take part in a hands-on training session for various techniques used in lung Regenerative Medicine.

2017 Stem Cell Conference Tentative Program Agenda

Weeks 3 – 4: July 29 – August 11, 2017
Online: Community-Based Learning

Students will learn in their own community as they complete additional educational activities.

Learning Objectives

Regenerative MedicineThis course is intended to be a unique experience for students to develop a broad understanding and foundation of up-to-date scientific knowledge in the complex, exciting, and rapidly evolving areas of Regenerative Medicine. Through didactic, interactive sessions and hands-on learning students will:

  • Understand the biology and potential applications of the range of different stem and progenitor cell populations
  • Explore gene editing and other techniques of cell modification
  • Understand current concepts of cell-based therapies including applications in clinical trials and potential abuses (e.g., stem cell “medical tourism”)
  • Explore the potential application of biomedical engineering, including robotics, to regenerative medicine
  • Gain exposure to concepts of commercialization and entrepreneurship in creating new therapeutics for regenerative medicine

Regenerative MedicinePre-Requisites

Required previous coursework:

  • Basic or introductory biology or cell biology
  • Basic or introductory chemistry or biochemistry

Recommended previous coursework:

  • Advanced/upper level biology
  • Cell biology or biochemistry
  • Basic or advanced mathematics
  • Organic and/or physical chemistry
  • Physics

If you have completed most, but not all of these pre-requisites, and have demonstrated your ability to succeed as a student, you can request instructor permission to participate in the program. To do so, please email a brief explanation of your qualifications for the program and an unofficial transcript (for non-UVM students) to learn@uvm.edu with the subject line, “Regenerative Medicine Instructor Permission Request.” If you have met the pre-requisites, you are not required to submit a transcript.

Daniel Weiss

Dacry Wagner, Ph.D., left, Daniel Weiss, M.D.

Dr. Weiss is  Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont. He received his PhD in Pharmacology in 1987 from the City University of New York and MD from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in 1988. Following internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan and subsequent fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Washington, Dr. Weiss was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington prior to being recruited to the University of Vermont in 2001.  Dr. Weiss has a longstanding interest in lung repair and regeneration after injury, notably gene and cell therapy approaches for lung diseases. In particular this has included developing novel techniques with which to investigate and enhance lung gene and cell therapies. Recent published work in cell therapy approaches for lung diseases has included several benchmark publications that have included the first ever trial of cell therapy for emphysema and that have helped define whether exogenous cells can engraft in the lung.  As such, Dr. Weiss is a translational scientist whose work spans from benchtop to clinical trials. Dr. Weiss has also instituted a biennial meeting held at the University of Vermont, Stem Cells and Cell Therapies in Lung Biology and Diseases, that is widely viewed by the NIH, FDA, and non-profit Respiratory Disease Foundations as the major meeting in the field.  Dr. Weiss’ overall goal is to provide a firm scientific basis for clinical application of cell therapies in lung diseases.  He has been funded by the NIH, DOD, non-profit Respiratory Disease Foundations, and by industry sources since 1995 and has over 100 current publications . Current work in the laboratory is focused in three major areas: 1) Bioengineering approaches for development of functional lung tissue ex vivo; 2) Immunomodulation of lung inflammation by mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs); 3) Development of cell therapy-based approaches for lung disease.

Jeffrey Spees

Dr. Jeffrey Spees is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Vermont with a secondary appointment in the Department of Neurological Sciences. A recognized expert in the areas of adult stem/progenitor cell biology, tissue repair, and regenerative medicine, he has directed the UVM Stem Cell Core since 2005. Dr. Spees’ research has received continuous funding support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2003. He serves on numerous review panels for the NIH as well as the American Heart Association (AHA). He holds several patents relating to cell-based therapeutics and is Co-founder of Samba BioLogics, Inc. a biotech start-up. Dr. Spees received his B.S. with honors from Union College and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Vermont in 2005, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Center for Gene Therapy, Tulane University. Currently, he lives in South Hero, Vermont with his wife, Erin Spees, M.D., and two Jack Russell Terriers, Uno and Bee.

 

Tuition and Fees

In State Students

$1,320 tuition (estimate) + $495 program fee = $1,815

Out of State Students

$3,339 tuition (estimate) + $495 program fee = $3,834

The $495 Program Fee is a special rate for participants in this program that gives them full access to the Stem Cell Conference, a pre-conference activity, and a special gathering of faculty and students during the program.


Is financial assistance available?

Continuing and Distance Education students in a required course of study leading to a degree may be eligible for Stafford Loans. In addition, VSAC sponsors a non-degree grant program for eligible students. Read more about financial aid.

 

 

 

 

Registration

UVM Students

Registration opens February 14, 2017. UVM students can register for this class (Regenerative Medicine COMU 296/CLBI 395 Z1 CRN: 61910) through the myUVM portal.

Non-UVM Students

Non-UVM student must pre-register to establish a UVM account. This can be done prior to February 14. After pre-registration, students can register for this class (Regenerative Medicine COMU 296 Z1 CRN: 61910) through the myUVM portal on February 14.

When does registration close for this program?

Registration closes July 3, 2017. However, we expect the course to fill and will begin a waitlist once the capacity of 48 students is reached.

Housing and Travel

*Housing is available, but not included in the program fee.* 

On-Campus Housing

Students can reserve on-campus housing directly through UVM Residential Life. Staying on campus is convenient for access to dining halls, parking, classes, and downtown restaurants.

Off-Campus Housing

If you would like to make overnight accommodations at a hotel, please visit the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce’s website for a list of area lodging.

Parking

A parking pass is required on weekdays for on-campus parking. All parking permits will be for Gutterson Garage. If you opt for a parking permit during the registration process, it will be emailed to you along with a map of the parking location. If your plans change and you need to add a parking permit, please contact Conference and Event Services at (802) 656-5665 or ConferenceRegistration@uvm.edu. General information about parking at UVM can be found on the Transportation and Parking Service website.

About Burlington, Vermont

A small city on Lake Champlain, Burlington offers excellent shopping, a wide variety of restaurants, and spectacular views of both New York’s Adirondacks and Vermont’s Green Mountains. Summer is one of the best seasons to enjoy the state’s natural splendor. For more information about events throughout the State of Vermont, visit www.vermontvacation.com.

We’re easily accessible by water, air and land: UVM is 100 miles from Montreal, 220 miles from Boston, 290 miles from NYC, 145 miles from Albany, and only 3.5 miles from the Burlington International Airport. You can also reach us via Vermont Transit Bus lines, Megabus, Amtrak (to Essex Junction, Vermont, 15 minutes from UVM), or by ferry across Lake Champlain from New York. Please note that some ferry service is seasonal.

Airport

Burlington International Airport (20 minutes from the UVM campus)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take this program if I have already completed my baccalaureate degree?

Yes, as long as you have successfully met the pre-requisites. We anticipate a balanced mix of undergraduate and post-graduate students to enroll.

When does registration open for this program?

UVM Students

Registration opens February 14, 2017. UVM students can register for this class (Regenerative Medicine COMU 296/CLBI 395 Z1 CRN: 61910) through the myUVM portal.

Non-UVM Students

Non-UVM student must pre-register to establish a UVM account. This can be done prior to February 14. After pre-registration, students can register for this class (Regenerative Medicine COMU 296/CLBI 395 Z1 CRN: 61910) through the myUVM portal on February 14.

When does registration close for this program?

Registration closes July 3, 2017. However, we expect the course to fill and will begin a waitlist once the capacity of 48 students is reached.

What can I expect for a time commitment?

Expect a full-time commitment daily, Monday through Friday. Classroom sessions will take place from 9am-4pm.

Is financial assistance available?

Continuing and Distance Education students in a required course of study leading to a degree may be eligible for Stafford Loans. In addition, VSAC sponsors a non-degree grant program for eligible students. Read more about financial aid.

I am enrolled in this course, but I have to withdraw or drop the course. What should I do?

Please call 800-639-3210 or 802-656-2085 to speak with an advisor.

Is this program a good fit for me?

The program is a fit for you if:

  • You are a current college student planning to apply to graduate, medical, or health-professional school and want to strengthen your qualifications and application.
  • You are an undergraduate, masters, post-baccalaureate, or post-doctoral student in biological sciences, biomedical sciences, or bioengineering seeking to develop a broad, up-to-date understanding of Regenerative Medicine.
  • You have a bachelor’s degree and strong academic record, but would like to develop your research knowledge and skills in health and medicine through hands-on learning experiences before applying to graduate programs.