A one-stop-shop for translational biomarker research. Understanding Biomarker Science: From Molecules to Images
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Opportunity for
  • Understanding how to conduct translational biomarker research, 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.
  • Must commit to four full days.
Time commitment
  • Four days
Funding level
Session dates
  • April 24-27, 2017
Application Due
  • 5:00pm on March 17, 2017
  • All applicants will be notified of their status no later than March 24, 2017.
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Overview of Understanding Biomarker Science (UBS) 2016

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 7th iteration of the course includes:

  • 30+ sessions divided into seven blocks, 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 pre-clinical and clinical studies
  • Career guidance in biomarker science
  • Networking with over 100 attendees and speakers

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."

Course Outline

  • Block 1
    • Fundamental Concepts in Biomarker Research (4 lectures)
  • Block 2
    • How To Advance Biomarker Research (2 workshops + 3 lectures)
  • Block 3
    • Technologies in Biomarker Discovery (4 lectures)
  • Block 4
    • Types of Biomarkers (6 lectures)
  • Block 5
    • Examples of Biomarkers in Health and Disease (4 lectures + 1 case study)
  • Block 6
    • Bedside Technologies in Biomarker Quantitation (4 lectures)
  • Block 7
    • Biomarker Patenting and Marketplace (4 lectures + career panel)
  • 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

Upon completion, participants will receive 1) a certificate of course participation, and 2) CME credit (if applicable).

The Harvard Catalyst Education Program is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Read More

Read about current research on the use of biomarkers in heart transplants, funded in part by Harvard Catalyst.

Watch Videos

See videos of previous Biomarkers courses in the Education Video Library.