Medicine and Life Sciences Institute

Curing the Future.

JUNIOR UNIVERSITY

“ Upcoming Edition ”

02 SEP 2024

Registration 08 Jan – 30 Apr 2024

Who Can Apply? 10th – 12th grade students

business institute Class 02 – 06 students

Duration 1 week, full-time

Language English

Format On campus

Place Portugal

Certification Official University Certificate

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Are you a high school student curious about medicine or medical research?
If you wonder how to start down that path, there is a place for you here at INODEV Medicine & Life Sciences Institute.

Why this program?

Medicine is a subject that is not studied at school, but becoming a medical professional is a challenging yet fascinating journey encompassing a broad range of topics spanning different scientific disciplines.

The Medicine & Life Sciences Institute is an INODEV initiative, offering innovative, immersive medical science programs for high school students curious and passionate about science, healthcare, and related STEM fields. The initiative uses real working environments and medical facilities to bring science to life! Learn by practice for a transformative experience. It is expertly designed to blend practical knowledge and theory that will challenge your knowledge and expand your understanding of emerging trends in medicine.

With The Medicine & Life Sciences Institute I will experience hands-on learning to deepen understanding by connecting lessons to real-life experiences. / I will be placed in a research group and follow a program of seminars and practical activities. / I will taking part in a small-group research project supervised by researchers from different university units, in areas such as anatomy, biomaterials and bone regeneration, cell & molecular biology, biochemistry, cardiology, dentistry, pharmacology, medical ethics, neuroscience, sport & exercise medicine, physiology, genetics, infectiology, microbiology, nutrition, oncology, parasitology and veterinary medicine. / I will learn from expert academics from world-class universities, researchers, and other expert healthcare professionals. / I will conduct practical experiments, collect and analyze data. / I will develop my understanding of molecular biology theory and practice through a range of practical activities. / I will learn key clinical skills in practical workshops at one of the affiliated hospitals. / I will meet nurses, physicians, researchers, and other healthcare professionals and explore various medical career pathways during MEDchats and be inspired to find my passion. / I will learn to think outside of the box, with no limits, to think like scientists. Become confident in my abilities to problem solve and share ideas. Gain critical thinking, problem-solving and teamwork skills and be prepared for college, work, and life! / I will explore technology and the latest in medical advances within the hospital including the center for medical innovation.

This medical bootcamp is crowned by:

A certificate of achievement – an excellent example of your proven medical interest in one of the best medical schools in Europe.
Public presentation of your research project and scientific results at the closing Medical Research Congress, and debate of your scientific results with peers scientists, professors and researchers.

Who is it for?

Interested in donning the white coat, but not sure what being a healthcare professional is really like?

Prepare to make a positive impact through medicine.

The Medicine & Life Sciences Institute is aimed at high school students who are attending the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade of schooling.

This initiative will only be open to participants pre-selected on merit.

Where?

  • HOSPITAL CENTER
  • SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
  • SCHOOL OF DENTAL MEDICINE
  • SCHOOL OF PHARMACY
  • SCHOOL OF NUTRITION & FOOD SCIENCES
  • SCHOOL OF SPORT & HEALTH SCIENCES
  • INSTITUTE OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
  • INSTITUTE OF HEALTH RESEARCH
  • INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
  • BIOMECHANICS LAB

The Medicine & Life Sciences Institute’s training programs will take place during school vacations all across Portugal, in top-ranked medical and life sciences schools and universities in the world, such as ICBAS, among others.

The participating schools are at the heart of Porto, three times considered Best European Destination and one of Europe’s fast tech growing hub. Porto is the 4th friendliest city in the world and the 2nd most exciting city in the world to live in.

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Across most of the significant World University and Medical School Rankings 2022 and 2023 [USNews, QS, Eduniversal, U-Multirank, Times Higher Education, Leiden Ranking, NTU Ranking, Scimago], our medical and life sciences schools stand in the European TOP 100 and the Ibero-America TOP 10. Their excellent performance is also recognized in specialized rankings, where they rank among the best institutions in the world in a variety of fields.

What’s included

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Medical

Schools

Real-world

Project

Healthcare

Professionals

Social

Activities

7 Nights

All Inclusive

Methodology

We keep learners at the center of the design process by innovatively using active learning.

Learn

Learn

Learn how medical problems are diagnosed and solved.

Investigate

Investigate

Conduct laboratory research in our state-of-the-art medical innovation center.

Practice

Practice

Gain practical hands-on skills in our clinical research laboratories.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

LEARN FROM BIOTECH PROFESSIONALS

Learn alongside healthcare and research professionals. Meet experts in their fields during MEDchats and explore careers in medical research, public health, and biomedical science. Be inspired!

DEVELOP LAB TECHNIQUES

Receive instruction in DNA Extraction and Sequencing, Real-time PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, Immunohistochemistry, Immunofluorescence, Flow Cytometry, and ELISA – the lab skills required for immediate employment in clinical research. Get training on Advanced Imaging for the visualization of micro-organisms, and in Dental Tissues Engineering using new Biomaterials. Receive hands-on training in Western Blotting and Biomarker Measurement.

medicine - ophthalmologist

PRACTICE CLINICAL SKILLS AND MORE

Perform hands-on skills like interpreting vital signs, pre-clinical and clinical assessment. Learn cadaveric dissection skills.  Participate in the day-to-day work of the military doctor and the ophthalmologist. Handle basic veterinary procedures.

medicine - dentistry

EXPLORE HEALTHCARE CAREERS

Our MEDchats help you investigate future career opportunities by introducing you to a network of affiliated healthcare professionals. Participate in engaging career conversations to learn about their specialties and career paths, as they relate some of their most memorable patient cases.

medicine public speaking

GAIN 21st CENTURY SKILLS

Future thinkers will learn to think outside of the box, with no limits, to think like scientists. Practice critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills that will help you prepare for college, work, and life!

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Alongside the academic program, there is a packed schedule of social activities and events which will show you why Porto [World Heritage Site] deserves its title as the world’s 2nd most exciting city to live according to the Time Out City Life Index.

LEARN FROM BIOTECH PROFESSIONALS

Learn alongside healthcare and research professionals. Meet experts in their fields during MEDchats and explore careers in medical research, public health, and biomedical science. Be inspired!

DEVELOP LAB TECHNIQUES

Receive instruction in DNA Extraction and Sequencing, Real-time PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, Immunohistochemistry, Immunofluorescence, Flow Cytometry, and ELISA – the lab skills required for immediate employment in clinical research. Get training on Advanced Imaging for the visualization of micro-organisms, and in Dental Tissues Engineering using new Biomaterials. Receive hands-on training in Western Blotting and Biomarker Measurement.

medicine - ophthalmologist

PRACTICE CLINICAL SKILLS AND MORE

Perform hands-on skills like interpreting vital signs, pre-clinical and clinical assessment. Learn cadaveric dissection skills.  Participate in the day-to-day work of the military doctor and the ophthalmologist. Handle basic veterinary procedures.

medicine - dentistry

EXPLORE HEALTHCARE CAREERS

Our MEDchats help you investigate future career opportunities by introducing you to a network of affiliated healthcare professionals. Participate in engaging career conversations to learn about their specialties and career paths, as they relate some of their most memorable patient cases.

medicine public speaking

GAIN 21st CENTURY SKILLS

Future thinkers will learn to think outside of the box, with no limits, to think like scientists. Practice critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills that will help you prepare for college, work, and life!

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Alongside the academic program, there is a packed schedule of social activities and events which will show you why Porto [World Heritage Site] deserves its title as the world’s 2nd most exciting city to live according to the Time Out City Life Index.

Topics covered

Dental medicine: From laboratory to clinic

DENTAL MEDICINE | Lab | Clinic

You will study developing, characterizing, and applying new biomaterials for dental repair, including biological characterization and preclinical & clinical evaluation.

Nutrition of bioactive compounds in food: Health, processing and dosage

NUTRITION | Lab

You will research the bioactive composition of foods, including phenolic compounds and carotenoids, their biological activity, health effects, and mechanisms of action using current data. In an experimental kitchen, you can explore diverse food combinations and processing methods and assess their impact on bioactive compounds in the laboratory.

Ovarian ageing, a multi-species approach

CELL & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY | Lab

In previous studies, multinucleated giant cells were found in the ovaries of reproductively aged mice, but their impact on fertility remains unclear. Your research involves identifying these cells in rat and sheep ovaries and assessing their association with follicular depletion and ovarian aging due to redox imbalance.

Microbiological analysis of the hospital environment

MICROBIOLOGY & PARASITOLOGY | Lab | Hospital

Testing for microorganisms, especially pathogens, is critical for assessing hospital environmental quality, significantly impacting immunocompromised patients undergoing transplants, cancer treatments, or burns, as infections from these microorganisms have severe health implications. You will collect, quantify, and identify bacteria and fungi in the air, water, and surfaces of the Hospital Center’s Burn Unit. The most suitable culture media and incubation conditions will be employed for isolation, followed by identification using various techniques.

Role of adipose tissue in obesity

MICROBIOLOGY, CELL & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY | Lab

Obesity is a major global health problem, linked to various serious conditions like cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and certain cancers. In obesity, white adipose tissue (WAT) undergoes adaptive morphological and functional changes. WAT is divided into subcutaneous and visceral depots, each with distinct characteristics in inflammation, fibrosis, and adipocyte differentiation. The project aims to assess structural, transcriptional, and functional changes in WAT caused by obesity in mice fed a high-fat diet. Histological analysis will evaluate WAT’s structural changes, while real-time PCR and immunohistochemistry will gauge inflammation and fibrosis-related molecules.

Military doctor

MEDICAL ETHICS | Clinic

In a clinical and historical context, you will get to know and take part in the work of a military doctor, who not only has to deal with clinical cases on a daily basis, but is also confronted with real-life stories.

Veterinary medicine: Beyond the love of animals!

VETERINARY MEDICINE | Clinic

Veterinary Medicine demands more than passion for animals. You will taste veterinary science’s various aspects, covering ethics, animal anatomy, and basic veterinary procedures.

Eye health: Ophthalmologist for a week!

OPHTHALMOLOGY | Clinic

Discover Ophthalmology, a medical specialty for the eye and visual system. Experience a field dedicated to preserving a unique human sense. Join us to explore this fascinating specialty!

Science with BGR/MCM

TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE | Lab

Explore a scientific career in Human Reproduction research. Join the Multidisciplinary Research Unit in Biomedicine to learn about research, training, and clinical activities. Engage with group members and discuss topics in Reproductive Medicine.

Antibiotic resistance: An ecological perspective

PATHOLOGY | Lab

Human microbiome studies show the role of animal gut microbiota in spreading antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Understand antibiotic resistance circulation and responsible genes across humans, animals, and the environment with the One Health concept in mind. Your experimental work involves:

  • Selecting antibiotic-resistant bacterial isolates from various sources.
  • Determining resistance phenotypes using the agar diffusion method.
  • Molecular characterization of resistance mechanisms through PCR amplification of specific genes, followed by result integration.

From chromosome to gene

GENETICS | Lab

The Genetics Service focuses on male infertility research and diagnosis. Daily diagnosis involve studying human chromosomes (karyotype) and Y chromosome microdeletions You’ll learn cell culture, chromosome preparations, and cytogenetics. In molecular genetics, you’ll perform DNA extraction, PCR amplification of Y chromosome genes, and visualize results via capillary electrophoresis.

Dissecting the human body

ANATOMY | Clinic

Anatomical dissection aims to deepen knowledge of human body regions, their functional anatomy, and imaging. Students will learn cadaveric dissection techniques to identify and preserve anatomical structures, enabling clinical and functional correlations. The project also emphasizes the importance of the human body in health teaching and research, promoting lifelong learning.

Neuroprotection by transthyretin in alzheimer

NEUROSCIENCE | Lab

Alzheimer’s disease features cognitive decline and brain accumulations of Abeta peptide and Tau protein. Transthyretin (TTR) produced by the liver and choroid plexus can counter Abeta peptide’s harmful properties. You will investigate TTR’s protective role by studying its impact on Abeta peptide-induced toxicity using 2 in vitro cellular assays:

  • Neuronal cell line used for apoptosis assay.
  • Angiogenesis assay with cerebral microvessel-derived endothelial cells forming capillary-like structures.

Finally, you’ll assess the impact of high Abeta peptide levels on TTR stability and functionality in Alzheimer’s disease. This involves measuring TTR’s tetramer/monomer ratio using Western Blot.

Thyroid cancer: From cells to genes

ONCOLOGY | Lab

Thyroid cancer’s rising incidence carries high social and economic impact despite low mortality. It can originate from follicular or non-follicular cells, each with distinct genetic and phenotypic features. You will be introduced to basic lab procedures, followed by learning molecular and cellular biology techniques like DNA extraction, PCR, agarose gel observation, and sequencing. Afterwards, you will interpret and discuss the findings.

Lipid vesicles protecting against lipotoxicity & cell death

GENETICS & MICROBIOLOGY | Lab

Hyperlipidemia is a public health issue linked to cardiovascular disease development. Elevated lipid levels cause lipotoxicity, leading to cell dysfunction or death in non-adipose tissues. Using yeast as a model, you’ll study lipotoxicity’s effects on cell viability and metabolism. Conduct a genetic study to generate and characterize lipid vesicle mutants. Evaluate how cells without lipid vesicles respond to lipid excess, monitoring organelle changes via confocal fluorescence microscopy and assessing their impact on cell viability or death. Study reactive oxygen species, mitochondrial membrane potential, and cell death markers by flow cytometry to understand lipid vesicles’ protective role against fatty acid-induced lipotoxicity.

Sport and biomarkers of aging

SPORT & EXERCISE MEDICINE | Lab | Clinic

Sport’s health benefits are well-known, but few recognize substantial differences in health indicators between sedentary and trained people of the same age, particularly as they age. Understanding the validation for lifelong exercise and measuring its impact on health are essential. Applying scientific methodology, tests on sedentary and trained subjects with biomarker measurement (lactate, glucose, and blood ammonia concentrations) enable you to defend the notion that sport significantly enhances health, akin to the importance of proper nutrition and rest in daily life.

When the heart fails: From the Lab to clinic

CARDIOLOGY | Lab | Clinic

The Department of Surgery and Physiology focuses on understanding the pathophysiological mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases, particularly heart failure, and developing new therapeutic strategies to address their high mortality rates. The project aims to foster scientific engagement through participation in lab experiments, article analysis, and research result discussions. Activities include multimedia presentations and lab studies on healthy and heart failure animals to assess their myocardial, vascular and hemodynamic response to mechanical, hormonal, and pharmacological stimuli.

Effect of polyphenols on breast cancer cell lines

ONCOLOGY | Lab

Each year, over 1 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer, causing over 400,000 deaths worldwide. Abundant in the human diet, polyphenols from vegetables, fruits, and beverages likely aid in preventing diseases related to oxidative stress, with additional modulation of enzymes, cell receptors, and transporters. You will investigate polyphenols’ effects (quercetin, EGCG, kaempferol, xanthohumol) on breast cancer cell lines: MCF-7 (hormone receptor-positive) and MDA-MB-231 (triple-negative). Cell proliferation will be measured using 3H-thymidine incorporation, and migration assessed through the injury test, counting migrated cells.

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High school students (10th, 11th, 12th) can apply to the Medicine & Life Sciences Institute.

  1. Application form duly completed; Application Form_Junior University
  2. Copy of passport [minimum validity 6 months];
  3. Personal portrait photograph;
  4. Transcripts from the previous and current school year;
  5. Copy of parent’s ID card;
  6. Recommendation letter.

Note: For detailed registration information, please refer to the brochure.

Applications for the Medicine & Life Sciences Institute Program must be submitted to the following email address junior@inodev.tn with the subject First name last name_Medicine & Life Sciences Institute. Registration is confirmed upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit of 600 TND within 6 days of application. This will guarantee your confirmed school cost.

The participation in the Medicine & Life Sciences Institute depends on an application and, after selection, the payment of the registration fee and the accommodation (includes all meals, teaching materials, school insurance and recreational activities). The Medicine & Life Sciences Institute requires compulsory accommodation for all selected students, recreating an intensive specialized course environment.

INODEV offers special conditions for groups, and partner organizations depending on the number of registered participants or agreed commercial clauses. These discounts are not cumulative with each other.

PACK WOW!  5% discount of the package price for a group of 5 participants.

PACK WOAw!  8% discount of the package price for a group of 10 participants.

PACK WOooH!  10% discount of the package price for a partner participant.

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