Microclone Tissue Culture and Tangent Biosciences have set up new lab space in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco, CA.  They will be hiring a new technician to assist with plant cleaning and propagation services.

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Kristina Martinez-Guryn, Ph.D., (Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL) gave an invited talk titled “Small intestine microbiota regulates host digestive and absorptive responses to dietary lipids” at the 2019 Regional Great Lakes Chapter Meeting of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (GLC-ASPET) on June 21, 2019 at Midwestern University (Downers Grove, IL).

Clinical Research Science Certificate Program Launching at NC Central University

DURHAM, N.C.North Carolina Central University will launch a Clinical Research Science Certificate Program in August 2019 to address the growing need for clinical researchers and trial scientists in North Carolina and beyond.

Clinical research scientists work on projects related to the development and testing of new medications and medical devices for safety and effectiveness. Adding lab certification could boost the career outlook for students majoring in sciences and bring added skills to those already working in the field, said Faye Calhoun, DPA, director of the partnership for NCCU.

“The new certificate program was developed as a result of the NCCU-Duke University Partnership agreement that included a workforce development objective to build clinical trials research and management into our academic offerings,” Calhoun said. “Duke University has a tremendous number of programs and experience in clinical research science, and we are grateful for their support.”

The certificate would prepare students for work in university laboratories, pharmaceutical manufacturers and the region’s growing number of clinical research organizations, often called CROs. Salaries start at about $50,000 for an entry-level research assistant and may climb well above $100,000 for a seasoned scientist, based on experience and education, according to Payscale.com.

“The 12-credit-hour certificate program requires nine credit hours of instruction and three credit hours of clinical rotation with industry and academic partners,” said Andy Li, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at NCCU. “Pending final approvals, a bachelor’s degree and an academic minor in clinical research science will be introduced at a later date.”

The Triangle area is considered one of the nation’s hot spots for scientific research, with spending to conduct clinical trials contributing almost $1.8 billion to North Carolina’s economy annually, according to industry reports. The field is growing rapidly, said Hernan Navarro, PhD, director of the Bio-manufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise at NCCU and formerly chief scientist for RTI International.

“Clinical research scientists are in high demand, and we intend to provide our students with the knowledge and tools needed to function at a high level in these positions,” Navarro said.

The certificate program is offered through the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Key faculty include Tracie Locklear, PhD, assistant research professor, and Roslyn Lewis, program coordinator. For more information about the certificate program, contact Lewis at crsp@nccu.edu or 919-530-7551.

North Carolina Central University prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace. Consistently ranked as a top Historically Black College or University, NCCU offers flagship programs in the sciences, education, law, business, nursing and the arts. Founded in 1910, NCCU remains committed to diversity in and access to higher education. Our alumni excel in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. NCCU is a constituent institution of the University North Carolina System. Visit www.nccu.edu.