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Spring 2010-2011
MOL 328 / WWS 399 (SA)   na, npdf

U.S. Medical Research and Researchers: Preeminence, Problems, Policies

Adel A. Mahmoud
Leon E. Rosenberg

Medical research aims to improve and maintain human health. Accordingly, researchers employ such strategies as understanding biology, defining disease mechanisms, and developing ways to prevent, treat, or cure. Today, the U.S. is the preeminent global power in medical research through interactions among government, academia, and industry. This course will trace the evolution of this country's research enterprise, describe its diverse cultures, focus on its greatest achievements (and achievers), and identify a number of challenges confronting it currently. How the U.S. copes with these challenges will influence the future of world health.

Sample reading list:
Sargent, Michael, Biomedicine and the Human Condition
Drews, Jurgen, In Quest of Tomorrow's Medicines
Cutler, David, Your Money or Your Life
Rosenberg, Leon, The Physician Scientist
Tilghman, Shirley, Strange Bedfellows: Science, Politics, and Religion
Mahmoud, Adel, Global Vaccine Gap

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings will include book chapters, journal articles, reviews, and newspaper articles (50-70 pp/week). Writing: One end of term paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
MOL 214/EEB 214 or MOL215/EEB215.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40762 L01 8:30 am - 9:50 am M W   Thomas Laboratory   118   Enrolled:24 Limit:34