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Gene Therapy

Gene therapy is one of the youngest disciplines providing a novel way into treating diseases. This course is perfect to get introduced into the history of gene therapy, the different methods of gene transfer whether viral or non-viral, and the successful applications in medicine that made their way into the market in addition to the technical and ethical challenges in this field.

Starts 13th August 2022

About This Course

This course will introduce you into what gene therapy is with its brief history. We will explore the basic concepts and principles and all the way to a clear understanding of which diseases are good candidates for gene therapy. The different methods of modifying or silencing a gene will be explored using viral and non-viral vectors will be introduced as well the current situation of modifying a germ line with its technical and ethical challenges. We will also take a look into the present and future of gene therapy from a practical and a legal point of view.

Who Is This Course For

This course is for life sciences and medical background interested in a young and challenging discipline. Whether you are interested in doing postgraduate studies in gene therapy or want to get a good understanding of the field before applying for a relevant position in the biotech industry, this is certainly the right place to start.

What you'll learn

  • Understand what is gene therapy and its basic principles and concept
  • Learn the different tools and techniques of gene therapy
  • Get an insight on the different diseases treatable by gene therapy and the success stories
  • Understand the legal, economic and ethical considerations of gene therapy
  • Learn about the current situation of germline modifications, its challenges and ethics

Meet Your Instructor

Dr. Veronica Hughes

Veronica Hughes received her PhD in medical science from the University of Florida. Her primary interest was cancer metastasis, dysregulation of the tumour microenvironment, and analysis of clinical trial design. Additionally, she engaged in the development of novel small animal models.

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