School of Biomedical Sciences

Internships

    The Internship Programme

    For students on the M.Biomed.Sci course who wish to enhance their experience and significantly improve their career options there are excellent research opportunities of Internships (with bursaries) at:The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Indiana University School of Medicine.

    Each student will be assigned a Mentor at the host University and the student conducts research as advised by their Mentor. Students who have successfully completed their internships are eligible to apply for an Internship award. The duration of the Internship is 48 weeks excluding holidays. Co-ordinators at the host Universities facilitate the preparation (visas, accommodation etc) of potential internees and induction seminars are provided by the Biomedical Sciences Internship Tutor.

    The Internship Programme

    The School of Biomedical Sciences at Ulster has an agreement with the University of Texas Health Science Centre at San Antonio Department of Physiology (UTHSCSA) and Indiana University School of Medicine (IUPUI) whereby either University will accept suitable bioscience students for a one-year research internship. The agreement is ’to promote goodwill and academic collaboration, to provide an enhanced academic experience for students and to engender cultural ties’, thereby improving the academic and cultural experience of students. The internships provide a bursary.

    University of Texas Health Science Centre

    UTHSCSA is regarded as one of the top centers for biomedical research in the United States. Primary research areas include: Ageing, Cancer Biology and Neurobiology. UTHSCSA is regarded as one of the top centers for biomedical research in the United States. The Department of Physiology in the School of Medicine is involved in research areas such as: Ageing, Cancer Biology and Neurobiology. Previous internship students from Ulster have returned to UTHSCSA to complete a PhD or have been offered employment.

    Indiana University School of Medicine

    Indiana University School of Medicine (IUPUI) has recently established the Riley Heart Research Center as part of the Wells Center for Paediatric Research in the School of Medicine. This provides a unique, multi-disciplinary approach to cardiology in studying the aetiology of heart conditions, including cardiovascular development. In paediatrics, research focuses on how gene expression, cell survival and growth pathways are inter-related.


    The substantial awards for Internships are sponsored by ABBOTT DIAGNOSTICS SLIGO.


    For further information please download the following M.BIOMED.SCI. COURSE HANDBOOK (pdf)

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    Master of Biomedical Sciences Course Handbook (pdf)



    Abbott Intership Awards

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    Presentation of the Inaugural Abbott Internship Award (December 2009)
    Miss Rebekah Mahoney receiving the inaugural Abbott Internship Award from Abbott Site President Dr Conor Murphy. Also present: Ms Ciara Byrne, Professor Neville McClenaghan and Dr Clifford Stevenson.

    Rebekah Mahoney:

    I think this internship has made me mature as a person not only in my professional capacity but also in some areas of my personal life. I think it has made me more determined in what I wish to achieve from my career and what steps I need to take to obtain this. I would hope to return to UTHSCSA to complete my PhD

    ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP YEAR 2012/13

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    Two students from the School of Biomedical Sciences on research internships (now part of the M.Biomed.Sci programme) at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
    • Karl Turkington working in Dr Jun Hee Kim’s laboratory on ‘Presynaptic excitability and synaptic transmission’ and
    • Adam Kirkby who is working in Dr James Stockand‘s laboratory on ‘Regulation of ENaC and aldosterone signalling’.
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    Also part of the M.Biomed.Sci programme is the opportunity to complete an internship at Indiana University. Pictured is Michael Conwell (centre) at Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine. Michael is working with Dr Yang Sun on "Inositol signaling in glaucoma and retinal degeneration".

    ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP YEAR 2010/11

    • Asta Vasalauskaite:
      • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).
      • RESEARCH TOPIC Effect of rapamycin, an mTOR inhibitor, on optokinetic tracking response on neural retina imaging in ageing visual system
      • MENTOR Dr Rene Renteria, UTHSCSA
    • Racel Walls:
      • Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) School of Medicine
      • RESEARCH TOPIC : Understanding What Happens When Pax3 and Pax7 Expressing Cells Are Genetically Ablated.
      • MENTOR: Dr Simon Conway, IUPUI School of Medicine

    ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP YEAR 2009/10

    • David McConville:
      • Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) School of Medicine
      • RESEARCH TOPIC Transcriptional mechanisms that control cell specification and differentiation of multi-potential cells
      • MENTOR: Prof Tony Firulli, IUPUI School of Medicine
    • Tabita Kreko:
      • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).
      • RESEARCH TOPIC Molecular mechanisms of synaptic stability and neurodegeneration
      • MENTOR: Dr Benjamin Eaton, UTHSCSA.

    ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP YEAR 2008/09

    • Rebekah Mahoney:
      • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).
      • RESEARCH TOPIC DNA damage and associated cellular repair pathways.
      • MENTOR: Dr Benjamin Eaton, UTHSCSA.
    • Fiona Thornton:
      • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).
      • RESEARCH TOPIC Alzheimer’s Disease
      • MENTOR: Dr Salvatore Oddo, UTHSCSA.