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Newsroom Releases 2012 August Biomedicine: discovering the science of medicine

20/08/2012
Biomedicine: discovering the science of medicine
JCU has refreshed its biomedicine course to help give students interested in medical science more choices in their area of study.

First published 20 August 2012

James Cook University has refreshed its biomedicine course to help give students interested in medical science more choices in their area of study.

Biomedicine is a form of medical science that combines biology and science principles, which function in a clinical practice setting.

Associate Professor Jeffrey Warner, from JCU’s School of Microbiology and Immunology, said the new course was about flexibility.

“People wanting a career in tropical health and medicine will now have a range of flexible study options at JCU,” he said.

Associate Professor Warner said the undergraduate programs offered subjects ranging from molecular and cellular biology to physiological processes of the mind and body to the basis of health and disease.

“The subjects offer a broad scope for learning about areas that underpin all of the issues of health and life in the tropics,” he said.

“If you are unsure what direction in science to take and you are intrigued about the science of life and health with a particular tropical focus, biomedicine is the path to choose.

“Depending on your choice, after year two you could be directed towards a career in pathology, research or other allied health options and, of course, these degrees are a great start to postgraduate medicine.”

Associate Professor Warner said the ‘next generation’ of medical scientists would have a greater understanding of issues highly relevant to today’s society.

“Students will be encouraged to take a critical approach to their studies in relating knowledge to scientific research, and are encouraged to think critically and analytically.”

The courses also incorporate subjects at the cutting edge of scientific discovery, which include Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology or Physiology and Pharmacology.

“If you’re a highly motivated student who is passionate about creating a better lifestyle for tropical communities, this program will offer an unsurpassed opportunity.”

To find out more about the exciting changes to the programs, The School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences is having an official launch tomorrow (August 21).

Presentations will include:

Anthony Baker: Final year PhD student at JCU

Germs, Jets and a Shovel: My adventures in science.

Associate Professor Zoltan Sarnyai: Lecturer in Pharmacology

Biomedicine and Your Future (and the World's)

Associate Professor Wayne Melrose: Lecturer in Parasitology

Lymphatic filariasis surveillance and control in PNG: where a BMedLabSci degree has taken me.

Launch details:

Townsville: Tuesday 21 August, 6.30-8.30pm

Location: School Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Building 97/room 106.

For more information or interviews, contact Mia Vaudrey on (07) 4781 4604 or 0457 509 601

JCU Media contact: Caroline Kaurila (07) 4781 4586 or 0437 028 175