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CIHR Skin Research Training Centre
Curriculum Modules

The purpose of the training centre is to prepare dermatologists and scientists with knowledge, attitudes and skills to enhance research and pedagogy in Canada in skin research and clinical dermatology. Training has been categorized based on a 6 module structure as below.

CIHR Skin Research Training Centre Curriculum Modules

Module

Primary components

Advanced components

1. The Skin in Health

  • Skin embryogenesis
  • Skin structure and function
  • Skin immunology
  • Skin and the environment
  • Directed studies
  • Basic science research project

Project Management Skills

2. The Skin in Disease*

  • Inflammatory skin disorders
  • Degenerative skin disorders
  • Skin appendage disorders
  • The skin in systemic diseases
  • Genetic versus acquired disorders
  • Skin infections
  • Neoplasms
  • Directed studies
  • Basic science research project
  • Research in conjunction with non-dermatology laboratories studying skin-associated systemic disease
  • Clinical research project

3. Basic Skin Research Methods

  • Pathology and histochemistry
  • Microscopy and ultrastructure
  • Genomics and proteomics
  • Biophysics
  • Immunologic techniques
  • Cell and organ culture
  • Animal models
  • Good Laboratory Practice
  • Research laboratory rotations with hands-on experience with advanced techniques
  • Preparation of a CIHR-level research proposal

4. Clinical Skin Research Methods

  • Clinical trials, phases I to IV
  • Pharmacology of the skin
  • Drug and device development
  • Good Clinical Practice
  • Quality improvement
  • Clinical projects and trials
  • Preparation of a full clinical research protocol including ethics review
  • Quality improvement studies

5. Skin Research and Society

  • Ethics and regulatory issue
  • Intellectual property
  • Advocacy
  • Prevention strategies
  • Cultural and gender issues
  • Psychosocial and economic impacts
  • Directed studies
  • Interactions with patient support groups, industry, and regulatory bodies
  • Preparation of patent filing

6. Bioinformatics & Epidemiology

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Critical and power analysis
  • Epidemiology of skin disease
  • Direct interactions with mentors for projects
  • Directed studies

* The entire spectrum of skin diseases is broadly surveyed with a greater focus on inflammatory skin disorders.


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