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Thursday, December 4


This email is to inform students to changes and restructuring of a class that will be offered in Winter 2015, Organogenesis:  Stem Cells to Regenerative Biology.  This course will focus on understanding the biology of stem cells, how stem and progenitor cells are important for organ formation during development, maintenance during adult life, how perturbations in these cells can lead to disease, and how tissue engineers are learning to harness these cells to replace damaged tissues and organs.  This course is designed as a natural progression from CDB 581: Developmental Genetics, but this previous course is not a requirement.  A wide range of stem cells, tissues and organs will be highlighted in this course with experts in these fields from around the University of Michigan.  An additional focus of this course is scientific proposal writing.  Discussion after each lecture topic will focus on pursuing the next questions in the field (i.e. potential grant proposal topics).  Students enrolling in the course for a grade will choose any of the lecture topics or journal presentations from the course and extend the work to develop a hypothesis-driven proposal. The proposal-writing portion of the course will be covered in the last one-third of the semester, and will include the writing and evaluation of a Specific Aims page, oral presentation of an approved proposal topic and aims, participation in an internal study section, reviewing other proposals and full development of a six-page proposal.  The proposal format will be similar to styles required for preliminary exams and the NIH training grant formats.  Students who wish to take the course for a grade should enroll in CDB 583 for 3 credits.  Alternatively, the course can be taken S/U without pursuit of the proposal-writing portion of the course as a two-credit course (students interested in this option should enroll in CDB 582).
Please contact Deneen Wellik (dwellik@umich.edu) if you have further questions.

Deneen M. Wellik, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Michigan Medical Center
Department of Internal Medicine,
Division of Molecular Medicine & Genetics
109 Zina Pitcher Place
2053 BSRB
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2200