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A one-stop-shop for translational biomarker research. Understanding Biomarker Science: From Molecules to Images
At a glance
Opportunity for
  • Individuals interested in learning and applying translational biomarker science to i) understand pathogenesis and mechanisms of biology/disease; ii) design preclinical and clinical studies for disease monitoring as well as therapeutic responses. This course will provide an overview of the translational biomarker development pipeline from discovery to applications and commercialization.
  • MD, DMD, PharmD, or PhD, and be poised to begin or be actively engaged in basic or clinical research;
    or BS/MS with >7 years of experience in biomarker science
  • Must commit to four full days.
Time commitment
  • Four days
  • Free for Harvard-affiliated schools and institutions
  • CTSA member: $1425.00
    (Note: this is a 25% discount off the standard fee.)
  • Non-CTSA member: $1900.00
  • Cancellation and Refund Policy [PDF]
  • Course fees can be modified for participants unable to meet financial requirements due to their geographical location. Email us to inquire about potential eligibility.
  • Endorsement Form: Applicants are required to upload an endorsement form signed by a supervisor as part of the application. Please complete this form prior to starting the application.
Session dates
  • May 4-7, 2020
The application process is closed.

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, the Harvard Catalyst Postgraduate Education Program will suspend all in-person programming for spring 2020, including the Understanding Biomarker Science course on May 4-7. We will provide alternative deliveries of select content while live events are on hold.

Interested participants will receive more information about resources and remote networking opportunities available. Please email us with any questions, or if you would like us to notify you when the course is rescheduled.

Overview of Understanding Biomarker Science (UBS) 2020

The UBS course was developed to prepare clinical and translational investigators who conduct, or who are planning to conduct, basic, translational, or clinical biomarker research. This 10th iteration of the course includes:

  • 30+ sessions, covering a range of topics from biomarker discovery to validation and entrepreneurship
  • Hands-on workshops to learn statistical analysis for biomarker evaluation
  • Interactive case study that addresses the use of biomarkers in early clinical development of a therapeutic candidate
  • Career guidance in biomarker science
  • Networking with over 100 attendees and speakers
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Testimonials from past course participants:

"This was one of the best programs I have ever attended in terms of structure, content, and schedule. I thank you for the opportunity."

"The program confirmed a lot of my thinking and exposed me to real-life challenges that I would be thinking about as I jump into development of companion diagnostics."

2020 Course Schedule & Materials

Course Schedule [PDF]

All course materials, including presentations by the faculty and recommended resources, will be made available to attendees after course completion.

Course Completion

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion after the course.

Course Directors

Fiona Fennessy, MB BcH, PhD, and Jane Wilkinson

Spotlight on Biomarkers

Watch series of video clips from biomarker science experts on topics including fundamental concepts, how to advance biomarker research, types of biomarkers, & biomarker technology.