The Chennai based Indo-Japanese academic institute, Nichi-in Centre for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM) plans to conduct a training programme for basic science researchers and clinicians in regenerative medicine from September this year.
According to Dr. Samuel Abraham, the director of NCRM, this is the 9th year the Centre is conducting such a training programme. A higher study course like this programme is affiliated with four universities of US and Canada; University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, McMaster University and Queen's University in Canada. For commencing the programme, NCRM has started accepting applications from scientific scholars.
Regenerative medicine is an evolving branch of medicine which has great hopes to provide solutions to incurable diseases using stem cells, progenitor cells and adult cells with regenerative capability. It needs constant upgradation, which in turn requires continuous interactions between basic and translational sciences. The training programme (TPRM) at NCRM in Chennai provides such a platform for basic scientists and clinicians through web-based training. Lectures are transmitted via webcast from the University of Toronto campus in Canada, said the director.
Dr. Samuel pointed out that TPRM is a strategic training programme established in 2002 to develop and implement an educational curriculum in the innovative science of regenerative medicine. The purpose of this initiative is to encourage a trans-disciplinary, integrative approach to health research through training of a new generation of researchers capable of combining various approaches in devising innovative solutions for the research and treatment of complex medical problems. The vision of the TPRM is to develop and implement an educational curriculum in the innovative science of regenerative medicine, which will provide research trainees with knowledge and skills to compete globally in both academia and industry.
This programme has a series of 30-40 lectures covering cutting-edge science and technologies at the interface of molecular therapy, stem cell technology, tissue engineering and innovative biomaterials along with ethics, clinical & outcomes research and economics related to these emerging technologies. Enrollment is open until August 19th, this year for students, scholars of PhD and faculty of biology, biotechnology, medicine, veterinary sciences, and dentistry.
In 2013, the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University had granted affiliation to Chennai based NCRM to conduct a two-year full time PG course, Master of Science (M.Sc) in Regenerative Medicine under the Allied Health Sciences category of the university. The Centre has also got affiliation from Acharya Nagarjuna University for conducting Ph D in Regenerative Medicine.