Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research, MD Anderson Science Park (Bastrop, TX)
Students observe aspects of laboratory animal care (primates) and learn about the importance of animals in biomedical research. This visit includes tours of four primate colonies: rhesus, chimpanzee, owl monkey, and squirrel monkeys. After a lunch meeting with the veterinarians, students tour the pathology support laboratories.
Center for Biodefense & Emerging Infectious Diseases, University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, TX)
Students meet and have lunch with several scientists conducting research on zoonotic pathogens. The students also get a "virtual" tour of a BSL-4 laboratory. Students have the opportunity to learn about animal disease research and its impact on humans and animals.
Comparative Cardiovascular Laboratory, Texas Heart Institute (Houston, TX)
Students visit with scientists and tour the animal facilities at THI, where translational research on ventricular assist devices and vascular stents is conducted. They also have an opportunity to view cardiovascular surgery from the observation deck of the operating suite.
Regenerative Medicine Research, Wafic Said Molecular Cardiology Research Lab & Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology, Texas Heart Institute (Houston, TX)
The mission of the Wafic Said Cardiology Research lab is “to improve the treatments available for patients suffering from cardiovascular disease by combining basic research aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms of heart disease with the discovery of innovative small molecule and cell-based therapeutics.” Students will be exposed to cutting edge research
"The Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology is a new collaboration between the Texas Heart Institute and the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Led by Dr. Doris A. Taylor, the Center draws from expertise at both institutions to position it as a world leader in adult stem cell research, organ transplantation, and personalized medicine. The Center includes scientists, engineers, physicians, veterinarians, and business managers from both organizations, other colleges affiliated with Texas A&M University, and affiliates in the Texas Medical Center."
Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies (TAMU)
Tour of TIPS, a state-of-the-art facility for GLP-compliant large animal preclinical studies. Their mission is to “fosters multi-disciplinary service, research, and education. The primary focus of TIPS is to develop research activities and provide core services in the areas of device development, preclinical studies under Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), and biomedical imaging. In addition, the educational mission of TIPS centers around the advanced training of graduate and professional students within relevant scientific and engineering disciplines, as well as support the needs of degree programs that train students and industry personnel on regulatory issues within biotechnology.”
Students observe surgery suites, animal housing, and advanced imaging technologies.