Translating Stem Cells: A New Professional Education Course

Classes start Thursday, January 12, 2017

Please remember to join us at UCSD Extension - University City Center!

Now Enrolling for January-March, 2017

UPDATE: Registration is no longer available for this course. Thank you to those to enrolled for the inaugural course. More information about the next course offering will be posted when available. The UC San Diego CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic is committed to educating patients and professionals, including study staff. We are pleased to invite all clinical research professionals, from coordinators to physicians, to enroll in Translating Stem Cells (CLRE-237).

This 20 hour course offered via the CTRI CREST program. The course may also count as an elective in the MAS program, but applicants do not necessarily need to be enrolled in either the CREST nor MAS program to take this course!

Enroll by November 18th, 2016 to be considered. Please contact the CTRI CREST (not the Alpha Clinic) program with questions, and click here to apply.

Click see this downloadable flyer with more information about the course, and see the sections below for additional details.

Translating Stem Cells: About the Course

This course focuses on practical application of the principles of translating stem cell based therapies, especially those in early development and in phase 1 studies. Students will acquire skills to translate these interventions from the bench to the bedside by designing a trial. Differences between drug development and stem cell based therapies will be highlighted. Click see this downloadable flyer with more information about the course.

Highlights of the Stem Cell Translation course

  • 20 hours of face-to-face interaction (2 units; course CLRE-237)
  • Once weekly on Thursdays: January 12 – March 23, 2017
  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Location: UCSD Extension, UCC, 6256 Greenwich Drive, Room 112
  • Topics: defining translation, study design, regulatory compliance, ethical considerations, endpoint and statistical planning, differences between Phase I and beyond, unique aspects of stem cell studies
  • Final project: individually design a rational, ethical clinical trial featuring a cell based therapy
  • Grade based on participation, homework and a final exam/individual project
  • Build the cost into your upcoming grants! The cost is $1,500.00 for non-MAS or non-CREST seekers. For MAS or CREST members, the cost is about $575.00.   This cost may be able to be built into grants to be submitted.


Featured Speakers & Topics

The course aims to excellently communicate the subject areas. Experts in the relevant fields will lead as guest lecturers. Most speakers are affiliated with the Sanford Consortium or UCSD CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic

  • Introduction and facilitation by Sheldon Morris, MD, MPH and Catriona Jamieson MD, PhD
  • Michael Choi, MD, Moores Cancer Center - Phase 1 Trial Design
  • UCSD Division of Regenerative Medicine and representation from the GMP Facility - Stem Cell Targets & GMP Production
  • Joseph Ciacci, MD, Department of Surgery (Neurosurgical stem cell studies) - Stem Cell Delivery
  • UCSD Regulatory Expert - Unique Regulatory Challenges & Approval Process in Stem Cell Studies
  • Eric Ahrens, PhD, Imaging Expert - Imaging Techniques
  • Michael Caligiuri, PhD, Former Chairman of UCSD IRB & Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry - Subject Protection
  • Others experts on pertinent matter from our own CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic

How to Enroll & Who to Contact

ADMINISTRATION: The Alpha Clinic is closely involved in the course, however it's offered and administered through the CTRI CREST Program. Please enroll via the CREST program website.

CERTIFICATION: Participants taking only this course will not receive a CREST/MAS certificate, but this course may be used in pursuit of either CREST or MAS certificates.

COST: Applicable fees and tuition will be collected by the program, and fees vary based on UCSD affiliation and whether you plan to pursue an entire CREST or MAS certificate (rather than taking this course on its own). Keep in mind: you may be able to build tuition/fees into your upcoming grants.

QUESTIONS: Please contact the CTRI CREST program with questions and for assistance enrolling. Registration is due by November 18, 2016.