ADMISSIONS DEADLINE: January 15, 2014
Frontiers in Reproduction (FIR) is a 6-week-long laboratory and lecture course designed for scientists-in-training (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, as well as clinical fellows) who are interested in improving basic conceptual knowledge and methodological skills to pursue a research career in the reproductive sciences. The course runs from May 4 - June 14, 2014
FIR is limited to 20 participants per year and is held at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Mass. The course is organized into three sections consisting of lectures from resident faculty and invited speakers, discussions, and informal seminars, as well as hands-on laboratory exercises.
The first section covers signal transduction, gene expression, and bioinformatics, as they apply to reproductive endocrinology. Section 2 focuses on gametogenesis, fertilization, cloning, and stem cells. Section 3 addresses transgenic technology, cell-cell interactions in reproductive tissues during development, as well as embryology and implantation biology.
Substantial scholarship support is available to U.S. and foreign citizens, and may cover the majority of course fees and travel expenses. Financial aid decisions are made on the basis of need and are not a factor in admissions decisions.
FIR is supported by major grants from the NICHD and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
Apply at fir.mbl.edu.