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MRes in Experimental Physiology and Drug Discovery

Imperial College London

Masters Degree , Physiology

Course Description

This unique 12 month full-time course offers training in the comparative biology of laboratory animals, a Home Office Personal Licence and hands on experience of in vivo techniques including a substantial 5 month research project in one of the following areas: neuroscience, metabolism, respiratory and cardiovascular, inflammation and host defence. The MRes forms part of the core activities of the new Centre for Integrative Mammalian Physiology and Pharmacology at Imperial College London established following a substantial award from the BBSRC. Ten scholarships which pay just the tuition fees are available for UK and EU candidates. In addition, two scholarships which pay UKEU tuition fees and ?5,000 towards living expenses will be awarded on a competitive basis. To apply for a place, go to https:apply.embark.comgradimperial Informal enquiries can be made to the Course Leader, Dr Kevin Murphy, [email protected] Entrance requirements Applications are welcomed from candidates with a first degree in an appropriate medical or science subject. Candidates are normally expected to hold a good first degree (upper second class or better) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification if obtained outside the UK. In line with Imperial College policy, students for whom English is not their first language and who did not undertake their undergraduate degree in English will be expected to pass the British Council IELTS test at grade 6.0 or above, with a score of 5 or above in each component. An alternative is the TOEFL Internet Based Test (iBT) with a minimal score of 90 overall, with required scores of 20 in Speaking and 24 in Writing. Structure of the MRes in Integrative Mammalian Biology The aim of the MRes in Integrative Mammalian Biology is to provide science graduates with intensive hands-on in vivo functional biology research training in order to be able to perform the physiological and pharmacological studies needed for the identification and development of safe and effective new medicines. Part A: Training in (a) animal husbandry, (b) Statistics, including experimental design and power calculation and (c) Drug Discovery with lectures from colleagues in the pharmaceutical industry. In parallel students will undertake regular animal handling sessions and the Home Office personal Licencee training course. The objective of this period of training will be to equip students for a hands-on in vivo practical training in key techniques. Part B. A programme of mini-projects focussed on in vivo research orientated skills delivered by problem solving, practicals, discussion of journal articles and lectures. Topics will include: ex-vivo assessment and quantification of pharmacological responses in organ baths anaesthesia and post-operative care measurement of heart rate and blood pressure via cannulae and telemetry assessment of nerve function stereotactic injections assessment of respiratory function measurement of metabolic ratesprocesses imaging in physiological assessment. The objective of this period of training will be to equip students with the skill set and knowledge base to undertake an in vivo practical research project. Part C: A 21 week in vivo based research project in one of the following four subject areas: CardiovascularRespiratory, Host Defence, Metabolism, Neuroscience. Emphasis will be placed on experimental design, hands on experience of in vivo techniques, data analysis with critical evaluation of the physiological state of the animals and use of appropriate statistical analysis. The objective of the research project will be to train students in the skills and experience necessary for in vivo research. Career opportunities The course is primarily designed to prepare students for an academic or industrial research career. It will provide broad research training in practical in vivo functional biology for those wishing to undertake further research training at PhD level. The skills acquired will also

This unique 12 month full-time course offers training in the comparative biology of laboratory animals, a Home Office Personal Licence and hands on experience of in vivo techniques including a substantial 5 month research project in one of the following areas: neuroscience, metabolism, respiratory and cardiovascular, inflammation and host defence. The MRes forms part of the core activities of the...

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