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Regenerative Medicine Concentration Offered for Graduate Level WFU Students

A concentration in Regenerative Medicine, an integrated course of study under the direction of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), will be available to graduate level Wake Forest University students.

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences gave its approval for the concentration in Spring 2018. The concentration offers a unique educational and research experience for students pursing a MS or PhD drawn primarily from four graduate school tracks – Molecular & Cellular Bioscience, Integrative Physiology & Pharmacology, Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering.

Students in all biomedical sciences graduate programs are eligible to pursue the concentration as preparation for a PhD or as a self-contained advanced qualification in its own right. Upon completion of their degree, students who complete the Regenerative Medicine concentration will have it noted on their transcript.

The concentration will provide multi-disciplinary education and research training in the scientific principles and clinical applications of regenerative medicine, including stem cell biology, biomaterials, gene therapy, nanotechnology, imaging, enabling technologies and tissue/organ engineering.

A regenerative medicine concentration has been established because of the growing number of PhD students who wish to perform their thesis research in the laboratories of regenerative medicine faculty. Additionally, there are significant numbers of MS students doing their research at WFIRM. Regenerative medicine continues to be a rapidly growing area of biomedical research and this program will help prepare future scientists.

WFIRM faculty have served as primary mentors to 55 PhD students with 45 degrees granted from the Graduate School’s biomedical sciences programs. Additionally, faculty have served as secondary and collaborative members to more than 200 MS and PhD students. Currently, the WFIRM department comprises 31 primary faculty and 73 joint/adjunct faculty. Many faculty have appointments in multiple graduate programs, bringing together expertise and cutting-edge technologies in cell and molecular biology, genetics, biomedical engineering, physiology, stem cell biology, animal modeling, surgery, matrix biochemistry, and materials chemistry.

“WFIRM provides comprehensive training in most facets of regenerative medicine, thereby providing students a broad spectrum of knowledge and variety of skills,” said Joan Schanck, WFIRM’s education director who will co-direct the concentration. “Through this concentration, students will gain a broad spectrum of knowledge and a variety of skills which will serve them well, whether they prepare to pursue a PhD course of study or enter the biomedical workforce.”

Concentration Requirement:

MS students (specifically for thesis MS students)
  • Regenerative Medicine Immersion: Fundamental Principles and Clinical Applications (MMTS 721; 2 credit hours – Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) 
  • Introduction to Regenerative Medicine I (BMES 631; 3 credit hours - Graded)
  • Advanced Topics in Regenerative Medicine (MCB 753; 3 credit hours - Graded)
  • Regenerative Medicine Journal Club (IPP 705/706; 1 credit hour/term - Graded)
  • Research completed in the laboratory of Regenerative Medicine Program faculty (6 credits)
PhD Students
  • Students must complete coursework with a B grade or higher, pass their written proposal and be admitted to candidacy
  • Regenerative Medicine Essentials: Fundamental Principles and Clinical Applications (MMTS 721; 2 credit hours – Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) 
  • Introduction to Regenerative Medicine I (BMES 631; 3 credit hours - Graded)
  • Advanced Topics in Regenerative Medicine (MCB 753; 3 credit hours - Graded)
  • Regenerative Medicine Journal Club (IPP 705/706; 1 credit hour/term - Graded)
  • Research completed in the laboratory of Regenerative Medicine Program faculty (6 credits)

GPA Standard

All students must achieve a B (3.0) or higher GPA in each course and cumulative.

Certificate of Completion:

MS students
The Regenerative Medicine Concentration Director or co-Director will certify completion of the requirements for the concentration.

PhD students
The Chair of the student’s thesis committee will certify completion for the requirements for the Concentration – requires signature of Program Director for final approval.

Assurance of Teaching:

All faculty members teaching coursework for the Concentration in Regenerative Medicine are members of the Graduate faculty.

For more information, contact Concentration Co-Director Joan Schanck, MPA, at jschanck@wakehealth.edu. 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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