Translational Research Methods


Initiation of the students in the practice of basic and translational research in biomedicine. Execution of experimental techniques, evaluation of data and compilation of experiences with scientific rigor.
Acquisition of skills in scientific communication and planning of a scientific research Project.


General characterization





Responsible teacher

Prof.ª Doutora Jacinta Serpa


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





The bibliography will be available along the UC and students will be directed to carry out literature.

Teaching method

LECTURES-Theoretical approach to the subjects listed in the "curriculum" of CU;
PRACTICAL LECTURES- presentation of works developed by students in the UC, and
PRACTICAL CLASSES- development of experimental work, whenever possible, students will contact with professionals who are active on issues that are addressed in UC.

Evaluation method

Methods of assessment
a) Appreciation of a scientific article (30%)
b) Proposal of new research ideas (30%) 
c) Presentation and discussion of the final work (Project proposal; 40%)

Students with a special study (without compulsory attendance) will be evaluated by presenting and discussing a scientific paper (60%), accompanied by the presentation and discussion of a project plan as a strategy to continue the research line presented in that same article (40%).

For the purpose of improving UCO's grade (requested by the student), the evaluation will be carried out in the same way as the evaluation of students with special status (above).

Evaluation Criteria
-Students are obliged to attend 2/3 of practical classes and obtain a minimum final grade of 9.5.

Lectures will be presented in an e-learning methodology, which will be adopted based on the availability of recorded classes. In the event that it is not possible to conduct face-to-face classes, the practical classes will be presented in a remote system (webinar).

Subject matter

• Paradigm of Science and Scientific Method • Models in vitro and in vivo as tools of research in biomedicine • Translational research • Presentation and critique of scientific articles • Planning a research project • Presentation of a project proposal


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