Brown University

Students accepted for this program will be provided an opportunity to conduct basic science research in Vascular Biology at Warren Alpert Medical School. The major focus of this research project is to understand how reactive oxygen species (ROS) or redox-content of the endothelium modulates signal transduction and coronary vascular functions in vivo.

  • Location: Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  • Research Area/Department: Cardiovascular Research and Training
  • Number of Seats: 2
  • Academic Year: Year 2 and above
  • Program Dates: June 18 to August 24
  • Program Duration: 10 weeks
  • Program Fees: $2500
  • Type of Research: Basic Research
  • Visa: J1 Visa

 


 

Duke University

Duke University, considered as one of the best universities in the world, will be hosting 5 students from Alfaisal University. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke University students have been ranked as the most sought-after and valued in the world.

The research training would be clinical in nature (i.e., clinical research, not basic or laboratory research). This means examining psychological, social, behavioral, and spiritual factors related to mental and physical health outcomes in general population or clinical settings. Students will be trained on how to carry out research and be constantly in touch with the teaching faculty until publications are achieved. The faculty of 6 includes established Psychiatrists from Ivy League Institutions and a combined publication number of over 1500 papers, 100 books, and 150 book chapters. The course is a gathering of some of the finest and established minds in psychiatry and mental well-being.

Expected Outcomes of the Program:

  1. Excited about conducting research, trained on how to begin conducting research, and informed about how to begin an academic research career after medical school
  2. A proposal describing the design of a research study
  3. A grant proposal to fund the study
  4. Continued contact with faculty as part of your team as you carry out the study in your own location

Alfaisal students will also frequently meet and be in touch with the Duke Muslim Student Association which is an extremely well established and highly respected community of welcoming students. Known for its Music and Arts, the city of Durham, North Carolina, is sure to provide an opportunity for all students to have a great time learning, socializing, and traveling.

  • Location: Durham, North Carolina, USA
  • Research Area/Department: Psychiatry, Religiosity
  • Number of Seats: 5
  • Academic Year: Year 2 and above
  • Program Duration: 3 weeks
  • Program Dates: August 6 to August 24
  • Program Fees: $2000
  • Visa: B1/B2
  • Type of Research: Workshops + Mentorship sessions

 


 

Harvard Medical School

The work in the laboratory involves genetic and molecular studies on the mechanism of virulence and antibiotic resistance in bacterial pathogens. We create mutations in regulatory genes that affect the expression of virulence factors and antibiotic resistance determinants and study the molecular basis of these phenotypes. During the course of the internship, the students will acquire skills in basic techniques of molecular biology, including gene cloning, gene sequencing, analysis of recombinant clones by gel electrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), site directed mutagenesis, creation of recombinant bacteria, handling pathogenic organisms and simple use of bio-computational tools. There are numerous scientific seminars, conferences and medical rounds at Harvard Medical School; these are all open to the participants of the SPIRIT program.

  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Research Area/Department: Microbiology
  • Number of Seats: 2
  • Academic Year: Year 2 and above
  • Program Duration: 10 weeks
  • Program Dates: June 18 to August 24
  • Program Fees: None
  • Type of Research: Basic Research
  • Visa: J1

 


 

John Hopkins University School of Medicine

The Johns Hopkins University is an American private research university in Baltimore, Maryland. The opportunity to participate in important research is one of the distinguishing characteristics of Hopkins’ undergraduate education. About 80 percent of undergraduates perform independent research, often alongside top researchers. In 2013, Johns Hopkins received $2.2 billion in federal research grants—more than any other U.S. university for the 35th consecutive year.

Project: Modernizing Outpatient Teaching

Primary Objective:
To develop an outpatient clinic work-flow model for outpatient providers that can improve efficiency and help them to effectively integrate patient, student, and EMR documentation responsibilities during patient visits.

Secondary Objectives:

  1. To standardize roles for students in clinic by communicating expectations and suggestions to both outpatient clinical teaching faculty and students.
  2. To evaluate the impact that of a student’s presence and level of responsibility in clinic on preceptor clinical productivity and patient satisfaction.
  3. To evaluate the effectiveness of implementing an education development program to improve outpatient teaching and productivity.

Project: MySleepScript App

Primary Objectives:

  1. We will study the prevalence of sleep disorders within various patient and caregiver populations (i.e., gender, age, race, residential areas, etc.). Identifying the most prevalent populations will aid in targeting those patients at higher risk.
  2. We will study the association of sleep disorders in combination with other medical disorders (i.e., past medical history) and clinical surveys already used in JH clinics (e.g., memory questionnaires) in an effort to establish where these associations are most prevalent.
  3. We will study the rate of follow-up with sleep specialists and investigate the accuracy of possible sleep disturbances indicated by the electronic program.

Project: Clinical Reasoning in Neurology

Primary Objectives:

The objective of this study is to gather data on student performance, knowledge, clinical skills, satisfaction, and long-term retention which is collected as a part of the routine educational activities of the neurology core clerkship and analyze student performance to determine the effectiveness for teaching clinical reasoning and compare differences in performance by degree of curriculum blending.

  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • Research Area/Department: Neurology
  • Number of Seats: 1
  • Academic Year: Year 3 and above
  • Program Duration: 10 weeks
  • Program Dates: June 18 to August 24
  • Program Fees: None
  • Type of Research: Clinical Research
  • Visa: B1/B2

 


 

Mayo Clinic 1

Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group based in Rochester, Minnesota. It is the first and largest integrated nonprofit medical group practice in the world. The research aims to develop novel therapeutic approaches to counter the effects of neuromuscular disease, critical illness, aging or spinal cord injury on the neural control of the diaphragm muscle, and hyperactivity of airway smooth muscles in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

  • Location: Rochester, Minnesota, USA
  • Research Area/Department: Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering
  • Number of Seats: 2
  • Academic Year: Year 3 and above
  • Program Duration: 10 weeks
  • Program Dates: June 18 to August 24
  • Program Fees: None
  • Type of Research: Basic Research
  • Visa: J1

 


 

Mayo Clinic 2

Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group based in Rochester, Minnesota. It is the first and largest integrated nonprofit medical group practice in the world. The research focuses on the development and application of techniques to study renal and cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology in animal models and in humans.

  • Location: Rochester, Minnesota, USA
  • Research Area/Department: Renovascular Disease, Acute Kidney Injury, Polycystic Kidney Disease and Preeclampsia
  • Number of Seats: 4
  • Academic Year: Year 3 and above
  • Program Duration: 10 weeks
  • Program Dates: June 18 to August 24
  • Program Fees: None
  • Type of Research: Basic Research
  • Visa: J1

 


 

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) was founded in 1898 as the U.S’s first cancer center. Since 1974, RPCI was the nation’s first to be recognized by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. This designation means that a cancer center’s combined research, treatment, and educational programs have weathered extensive peer review, met rigorous national standards and made fundamental contributions to reducing the cancer burden. This training program is designed for medical students that seek oncology basic science and translational research experience in the United States. The goal of this program is to provide medical students with an opportunity to develop biomedical laboratory basic research skills and knowledge. This program requires English language proficiency and has a flexible start date.

  • Location: Buffalo, New York, USA
  • Research Area/Department: Surgery, Medicine, Cancer Research (experimental therapy, PDT, pathology, cancer genetics, cancer prevention etc.) and Genetics
  • Number of Seats: 10-15
  • Academic Year: All years
  • Program Duration: TBA
  • Program Dates: TBA
  • Program Fees: $2000 – $2500 per month
  • Type of Research: Basic Research
  • Visa: B1/B2

 


 

Tufts University – Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

Tufts University is a private research university incorporated in the municipality of Medford, Massachusetts, United States. The Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences program (BDBS) is one of our longest-standing diversity initiatives and is based at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. This summer program, launched in 1992, is designed to give undergraduate students hands-on experience in a research laboratory. At the start of the ten-week program, each student is assigned a research project that he or she will work on throughout the summer. Along the way, trainees have the guidance of a faculty mentor with an assigned graduate student or post-doctoral fellow providing further support. In addition, they work in small groups with another faculty member learning about ethics and how to give scientific presentations. At the end of the program, all of the students prepare poster presentations of their work for a judged poster session.

  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Number of seats: 3
  • Academic Year: Year 2 and above
  • Program duration: 10 weeks
  • Program Dates: May 28 to August 3
  • Program fees: $750
  • Type of Research: Basic Research
  • Visa: B1/B2

 


 

University of California Davis

UC Davis is one of the top public research universities in the world and offers undergraduates highly ranked academics, unparalleled research and internship opportunities, and an active student life in a welcoming, friendly, college town environment.

  • Location: Davis, California
  • Research Area: Muscle Physiology and Proteomics
  • Number of seats: 4
  • Academic Year: Year 2 and above
  • Program duration: 10 weeks
  • Program Dates: June 18 to August 24
  • Program fees: $2,000
  • Type of Research: Basic Research
  • Visa: J1 Visa

 


 

University of California San Diego

The University California, San Diego is one of the world’s leading public research universities, located in beautiful La Jolla, California.

Research Projects:

  1. Neuromodulation for pain management
  2. Nanotechnology Delivery Systems
  3. Applications of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for standardizing pain metrics

This program requires students with prior lab experience.

  • Location: La Jolla, California
  • Research Area: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Number of seats: 3
  • Academic Year: Year 2 and above
  • Program duration: 8 weeks
  • Program Dates: June 18 to August 10
  • Program fees: $2,000
  • Type of Research: Basic Research
  • Visa: TBA

 


 

University of Illinois, Chicago

Located in the heart of one of the world’s great cities, the University of Illinois at Chicago is a vital part of the educational, technological and cultural fabric of the region. As Chicago’s only public research university with 30,000 students, 15 colleges, a hospital and a health sciences system, UIC provides you access to excellence and opportunity.

  • Location: Illinois, Chicago
  • Research Area: Multiple (for eg. Oncology, Hematology, Cardiology, Surgery, Pediatrics)
  • Number of seats: 8
  • Academic Year: Year 3 and above
  • Program duration: 8 weeks
  • Program Dates: June 18 to August 10
  • Program fees: $3,000 + $2,400 (Accommodation)
  • Type of Research: Clinical Research
  • Visa: TBA

 


 

University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky (UK) is a public co-educational university which was founded in 1865. Students accepted for this program will be provided an opportunity to conduct basic science research in different departments. The university is located in Lexington which is also known as “Horse Capital of The World”.

  • Location: Lexington, Kentucky, USA
  • Research Area/Department: Basic Research in various fields
  • Number of Seats: 5-6
  • Academic Year: All years
  • Program Duration: 8 weeks
  • Program Dates: June 9 to August 4
  • Program Fees: $2500 (accommodation approx. $1700)
  • Type of Research: Basic Research
  • Visa: B1/B2

 


 

University of Louisville

The research focuses on investigating novel mechanisms and therapies for cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure in animal models. The two proposed projects that the SPIRIT students will be working on:

Project 1: Direct Cardiac Reprogramming for Heart Failure Treatment
Project 2: Induction of Cardiomyocyte Proliferation for Heart Failure Treatment

  • Location: Louisville, Kentucky
  • Research Area: Cardiology
  • Number of seats: 2
  • Academic Year: Year 2 and above
  • Program duration: 7 weeks
  • Program Dates: July 9 to August 24
  • Program fees: None
  • Type of Research: Basic Research
  • Visa: B1/B2

 


 

University of Pittsburgh

The major theme of the research is investigating the pathobiology of cardiovascular disease specifically, pulmonary hypertension with a focus on right heart remodeling and failure in this disease. The research project involves primary cell culture, cell lines, as well as animal models of PH. Typical projects include testing various cell signaling molecules in right ventricle tissue and isolated cardiomyocytes by Western blot, PCR and confocal imaging. Projects are usually independent but interconnected within the lab. Students MUST have prior lab experience.

  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Research Area: Cardiovascular Research
  • Number of seats: 1
  • Academic Year: Year 3 and above
  • Program duration: 12 weeks
  • Program Dates: June 4 to August 24
  • Program fees: None
  • Type of Research: Basic Research
  • Visa: J1

 


 

Vanderbilt University 1

Students will be engaged in studies of renal biopsy and nephrectomy specimens, assessing markers that may allow understanding of specific pathways involved with diabetic injury and hypertension associated kidney disease. Novel techniques will involve among others, genotyping of tissues, mass spectrometry imaging and identification of proteins and lipids, with correlation with clinical phenotypes.

  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  • Research Area/Department: Nephrology
  • Number of Seats: 3
  • Academic Year: Year 3 and above
  • Program Duration: 10 weeks
  • Program Dates: June 18 to August 24
  • Program Fees: $2500
  • Type of Research: Basic Research
  • Visa: J1

 


 

Vanderbilt University 2 (US Citizens only)

The research is about the metabolic function and transcriptional regulation of the glucose-6-phosphatase gene family and especially how these genes contribute to various diseases including diabetes. There are 3 members of this family designated G6PC, G6PC2, and G6PC3. These genes all play a role determining fasting blood glucose levels, a parameter that is correlated with the risk of cardiovascular-associated mortality and type 2 diabetes. But they are also associated with specific diseases namely glycogen storage disease type 1a (G6PC), type 1 diabetes (G6PC2) and neutropenia (G6PC3).

  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  • Research Area/Department: Metabolic Diseases (Diabetes)
  • Number of Seats: 2
  • Academic Year: Year 3 and above
  • Program Duration: 8 weeks
  • Program Dates: June 5 to August 3
  • Program Fees: None
  • Type of Research: Basic Research
  • Visa: US Citizens Only

 


 

Yale University

Located in New Haven, Connecticut and founded in 1701, Yale University is the third-oldest institution in the United States. The researcher will participate in ongoing research projects in defining the behavior of the diseased aorta, demonstrating genetic patterns of the transmission of aortic disease, identifying the precipitating factors that cause acute aortic events, and studying the effectiveness of various surgical techniques that are used to treat thoracic aortic disease. The researcher will review patients’ medical records (electronic and paper-based), collect pertinent clinical information required for analysis and assemble a paper for publication.

  • Location: New Haven, Connecticut, USA
  • Research Area/Department: Cardiology
  • Number of Seats: 3
  • Academic Year: Year 3 and above
  • Program Duration: 10 weeks
  • Program Dates: June 18 to August 24
  • Program Fees: None
  • Type of Research: Clinical Research
  • Visa: J1

 


 

Queen Mary University of London – Barts Cancer Institute

Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions. Queen Mary is one of 24 leading UK universities represented by the Russell Group, that are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, excellent graduate employability and unrivaled links with business and the public sector.
Barts Cancer Institute (BCI) was created in 2003, and brought together some of the most eminent cancer research teams in London. BCI is one of the six Institutes within the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London.

  • Location: London, UK
  • Research Area/Department: Oncology
  • Number of Seats: 4
  • Academic Year: Year 3 and above
  • Program Duration: 10 weeks
  • Program Dates: June 18 to August 24
  • Program Fees: £3,500
  • Type of Research: Basic Research
  • Visa: Student Visa

 


 

University of Bristol

The University is at the cutting edge of global research. A member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, Bristol is a top 5 UK institution for research.

Project 1: Discovery, development, and validation of novel biomarkers and biochemical signatures for the diagnosis and monitoring of osteoarthritis.
Project 2: Development and characterization of osmotic fragility in hemoplasma-infected erythrocytes as a marker of hemolysis.
Project 3: Validation of gene expression signatures characteristic of hypertension in rat models.
Project 4: How does the one-humped Arabian camel survive in the desert without drinking?
Project 5: Does the methylation status of the RNA binding protein, SAFB1 regulate the cellular response to stress?
Project 6: Identifying the arginine methylation dependent protein binding partners of SAFB1 using mass spectrometry.

  • Location: Bristol, England, UK
  • Research Area: As above
  • Number of seats: 6
  • Academic Year: Year 2 and above
  • Program duration: 7 weeks
  • Program Dates: July 15 to September 2
  • Program fees: GBP 4,500 (including accommodation)
  • Type of Research: Basic Research
  • Visa: Visitor Visa

 


 

Dalhousie University

The program will include a work in the lab with undergraduate and graduate students in the Laboratory for Epilepsy Research at the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University. The students will learn basic histological and immune-histochemical methods, microscopy and image analysis and will be involved in electrophysiological experiments. The lab is working on models of brain injury. The students are likely to be involved in a recently developed model of traumatic brain injury in rats. These experiments with rats, generate a large volume of video data, documenting each animal’s neurological status. This video data needs to be scored by blind observers to give an unbiased interpretation of the results. Students will take a role in this project. They would have training and guidance to begin the work. They would be working closely with the graduate students who are generating this data. The students would also have training in collecting video so they would have an understanding of the behavior tasks and the nomenclature used for identification in the video.

  • Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Research Area/Department: Neuroscience
  • Number of Seats: 3
  • Academic Year: Year 2 and above
  • Program Duration: 10 weeks
  • Program Dates: June 18 to August 24
  • Program Fees: None
  • Type of Research: Basic Research
  • Visa: Student Visa

 


 

St. Michael’s Hospital (University of Toronto)

Research topics include:
1. Aboriginal wellness through safe sports
2. Headache and Concussion
3. Assessing the effectiveness of the triage tool being used in our E.R. to reduce repeat visits to the E.R., and to identify high risk for recently concussed patients
4. Use of Redcap as an online tool to introduce CDE’s for Concussion Management across Ontario

  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Research Area: Neurology (Concussion)
  • Number of seats: 4
  • Academic Year: Year 3 and above
  • Program duration: 8-10 weeks
  • Program Dates: June 18 to end of 8 or 10 weeks
  • Program fees: CAD 2,000 per month (minimum 2 months)
  • Type of Research: Clinical Research
  • Visa: Work Permit Visa (LMIA)

 


 

University Health Network

University Health Network (UHN) is a healthcare and medical research organization in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the largest such research organization in Canada and North America, ranking first in Canada for total research funding. Students will participate in clinical research, performing data collection from chart review, patient screening, basic statistical analysis, oral presentations, review of research topics in the field of heart failure and advanced heart failure therapies.

  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Research Area/Department: Cardiology, Heart Failure
  • Number of Seats: 2
  • Academic Year: Year 3 and above
  • Program Duration: 12 weeks
  • Program Dates: June 4 to August 24
  • Program Fees: None
  • Type of Research: Clinical Research
  • Visa: Student Visa

 


 

University of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba, western Canada’s first university, is a member of the U15 and ranked one of the top 50 research-intensive universities in Canada.

This program involves working with tissue culture materials or tissues. The students will be supervised by senior graduate students or post-docs. They will be given a task such as western blotting, or immunohistochemistry and immunostaining and will be expected to generate a report that could be useful for a publication. The student will be given co-authorship if successful. Previous lab experience is necessary.

  • Location: Manitoba, Canada
  • Research Area/Department: Spinal Cord Injury, Applied Stem Cell Biology and Neural Repair, Protein Transduction for Neural Cell Protection
  • Number of Seats: 2
  • Academic Year: Year 3 and above
  • Program Duration: 10-12 weeks
  • Program Dates: May 20 onwards
  • Program Fees: No Fee
  • Type of Research: Basic Biomedical Research
  • Visa: TBA (most likely Student Visa)

 


 

Hebei University

The research interests focus on early cancer detection using autoantibody profiles as biomarkers. The lab has developed novel screening technology for early detection of lung cancer using T7 phage display cDNA libraries and differential biopanning to isolate epitopes reacting with antibodies present specifically in the sera of patients with lung cancer.

  • Location: Baoding, China
  • Research Area: Cancer Detection
  • Number of seats: 3
  • Academic Year: Year 2 and above
  • Program duration: 7 weeks
  • Program Dates: May 18 to July 13
  • Program fees: None
  • Type of Research: Basic Research
  • Visa: Visitor Visa

 


 

International Islamic University Malaysia

Project 1: Investigating the Hypoglycemic Effect of Malaysian Wild Royal Jelly in Murine Model

Project 2: The Efficacy of Sesame Juice on Burn Wound Healing in Rat Model

Project 3: The Analgesic Effect of Sustained Release Acetaminophen Formulation in Rats

  • Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Research Area:
  • Number of seats: 5
  • Academic Year: Year 2 and above
  • Program duration: 10 weeks
  • Program Dates: June 18 to August 24
  • Program fees: $2000
  • Type of Research: Basic Research
  • Visa: Visitor Visa

 


 

Istanbul University

Istanbul University, the most renowned institution of higher education in Turkey, has, throughout its history, been a pioneer in science, contemporary values, and enlightenment of the society. Students will learn basic rules about a molecular biology and a cell culture laboratory. They will learn and perform basic techniques like DNA isolation, PCR, PCR-RFLP, and genotyping and basic cell culture experiments. Also, they may find a chance to follow RNA isolation, qRT-PCR and expression analysis, protein isolation and western blotting and immunofluorescent labeling and imaging analysis.

  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Research Area/Department: General
  • Number of Seats: 6
  • Academic Year: All years
  • Program Duration: 5 weeks
  • Program Dates: May 21 to June 25 / June 22 to July 27
  • Program Fees: $500 (including accommodation)
  • Type of Research: Basic Research
  • Visa: Student Visa

 


 

SPIRIT 2018 Applications are closed now!