Overview of Required Course

  • MED 223| TuThu, 12:30 - 1:20p| 2 credits: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Sciences Seminar

    This class will meet Tuesday’s in LiKa Shing, Paul Berg Hall, and Thursday’s in Lorry Lokey Stem Cell Building (G1002) (lunch provided). Tuesday’s class will be a lecture by an external speaker, prominent in the field of cardiovascular medicine. After lecture students will meet with speaker. Stanford faculty will teach Thursday’s class and are chosen from multiple departments including engineering, surgery, immunology and genetics.

    The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the spectrum of basic, clinical and translational CVP research beyond their specific area of chosen investigation. After the seminar, students will meet informally with the seminar speaker. Examples of thematic topics that will be covered include how genetics and developmental biology address mechanisms of congenital heart disease, the rationale for new drug development in atherosclerosis and cardiac protection, principles of biomechanics and computer technology in device and biomaterial development, ion channel physiology leading to anti arrhythmic agents and the design of clinical trials, use of epidemiological studies, evidence based medicine, and design of new treatment or diagnostic algorithms.           
  • CTS 225| Tue/Thu, 2:00-3:00 | 2 credits: Stem Cells in Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine (Spring Quarter)

    This new cardiovascular course focuses on the basic principles and translational applications of stem cells for treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Topics include the genetic modification of stem cells for precision medicine, as well as the science underlying how stem cells can be applied to regenerative medicine and drug development.  Students will have the opportunity to develop their scientific reasoning and presentation skills as well as expand their professional portfolios through student-led journal club presentations and the development of a research proposal. After completion of this course, students should expect to get broad exposure to basic and translational applications of stem cell research to cardiovascular medicine, a key focus of many initiatives in both academia and the biotech industry.  This course is open to graduate students, medical students, and upper-division undergraduates.  For more information, please contact the instructors, Ngan Huang ( and Megan Mayerle (                        

Annual Research Day (Retreat)

A day of poster presentations, abstracts and 2 Featured Invited Internationally Recognized Speakers in Clinical and Basic Science. Guest professors who are established role models in clinical and basic science will be invited both to lecture and directly interact with the Scholarly Concentration students in an informal venue.

In addition, during the time the Scholarly Concentration student works with the mentor in the laboratory, they will be expected to attend ongoing lectures series (ex. CVI Seminar Series), and to directly participate in journal clubs and laboratory meetings of the mentor's laboratory.