The future success of translational research relies upon training a cadre of dedicated and talented individuals who are well versed in human biology. There is a critical need for graduate programs that provide for the integrated training of PhD students in the translation of advances in basic investigation to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Harvard University created the Leder Human Biology and Translational Medicine (LHB) Program to fulfill this goal. An outline of the Program is given below.
Goals of LHB Program
The LHB Program has two goals. First, it provides PhD students with a working knowledge of the fundamentals of human biology and disease, primarily through a series of courses, to enrich their basic science training and broaden their research interests. Second, it demystifies the culture and practice of medicine, facilitating future collaborations with clinicians and physician-scientists, through activities designed to bring students into a hospital environment for direct contact with physicians, patients, medical students, and physician-scientists. The full program runs for one and one half years, beginning in Spring of the G1 Year, and it is interdigitated with a student’s other graduate program requirements. Students who successfully complete the LHB Program will receive a certificate in Human Biology and Tranlational Medicine with their PhDs. Students who do not enter the LHB program but wish to learn about human biology will have access to LHB courses on an ad hoc basis. After the formal LHB Program is completed, students are encouraged to continue to participate in Program activities and are provided with ongoing mentoring opportunities throughout their time at Harvard.
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