From 14 to 17/2/2012, University of Tsukuba, in cooperation with Institute of Tropical Biology (ITB), organized the annual “Molecular Biology Course 2012” in Ho Chi Minh City. The “Molecular Biology Course” is part of the "Internship Program 2012 in HCMC” for students of University of Tsukuba.
The course included two parts, Experimental Teaching Course and Experimental Research Course. The Experimental Research Course was held at the National Key Laboratory of ITB.
From Vietnam, 22 participants who are currently staffs or students of Institute of Tropical Biology, BioTechnology Center of HCMC, University of Science-VNU HCMC, Hue College of Medicine & Pharmacy, International University-VNU HCMC and Nong Lam University came to attend the course. From Japan, 6 lecturers and 15 PhD students of University of Tsukuba came to teach and help Vietnamese participants in the course.
Lectures about “Molecular Biology”, “Nrf2: a master regulator of antioxidant and detoxification genes”, “Analysis of Gene Expression by RT-PCR”, “Relationship between hypoxia and hypertension” were delivered to participants by lecturers of University of Tsukuba. At the Experimental Research Course, participants had chance to practice “RNA isolation”, “RT-PCR” techniques as well as investigate the effects of electrophiles in foods and chemicals in the environment. In addition to scientific subjects, participants were also trained a soft skill which was “how to give a good presentation”. At the end of the course, groups of participants made presentations to share their experience during the experimental research.
Participants were issued certificate for attending the “Molecular Biology Course 2012” of University of Tsukuba.
Beside students coming for “Molecular Biology Course 2012”, another group of 4 students from University of Tsukuba also came to Ho Chi Minh City to conduct the "Clinical Research Course" at Cho Ray Hospital, under supervision of doctors of the hospital.