Advanced Courses for Scientists

The Buck offers intensive master classes on various topics for scientists and researchers wishing to improve their skills. Classes combine theoretical lectures and practical data-handling exercises.

Skyline: Quantitative Proteomics

Drawing from the Bay Area’s deep biotechnology community, the Targeted Proteomics Course features an almost even split between industry participants and those from academic institutions, with participants from several different countries (and continents). With an impressive collection of top-flight instructors and an eager group of participants, it is an intense, collaborative week of discovery and learning on a wide range of targeted proteomic methods and statistical approaches, and even includes a metabolomics section. Feedback from past courses indicates high marks for both the information delivered, as well as the quality of the instructors of the course.

Skyline: A Success in 2019!

During the week of March 18-22, 2019, 28 participants and 12 instructors delivered the third Bay-area Targeted Proteomics Course at the picturesque Buck Institute for Research on Aging. Drawing from the area’s deep biotechnology community, the course featured an almost even split between industry participants and those from academic institutions, with participants from several different countries (and continents).



With an impressive collection of top-flight instructors and an eager group of participants, it made for an intense, collaborative week of discovery and learning on a wide range of targeted proteomic methods and statistical approaches, and even including a metabolomics section. Initial feedback indicates high marks for both the information delivered, as well as the quality of the instructors of the course.

2020 Course information can be found here.

Bioenergetics Master Class

Continuing the highly successful series of Buck Institute Bioenergetics Master Classes, Martin Brand, David Nicholls and Shona Mookerjee will be conducting the 2020 Master Class held at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, California from April 27th (6pm) to April 30th (1pm). The intensive course focuses on theoretical and practical aspects of the functional bioenergetics of isolated mitochondria and intact cells.

 
The course fee is $400 (academic) and $900 (other). 
 
Space will be limited to 35 participants and registration will be on a first-come basis.
 
Cellular Bioenergetics Master Class
LOCATION DATE LED BY
Buck Institute Apr 27-30, 2020 Martin Brand, David Nicholls and Shona Mookerjee

MONDAY, April 27TH.
18:00-19:00: L1. David Nicholls: The proton circuit, the central concept of cellular bioenergetics – volts, amps and ohms.
19:00-20:00: Reception in atrium, Buffet dinner.

TUESDAY, April 28TH.
09:00-10:15: L2. David Nicholls: Essential thermodynamics: driving forces.
10:15-10:45: Coffee break.
10:45-11:30: L3: Martin Brand: Function and dysfunction: isolated mitochondria part 1.
11:30-12:15: L4: Martin Brand: Function and dysfunction: isolated mitochondria part 2.
12:15-13:15: Lunch in atrium.
13:15-15:00: P1: Martin Brand: The Seahorse XF analyzer: isolated mitochondria: problem solving.
15:00-15:30: Coffee break.
15:30-17:00: P2: David Nicholls: The Seahorse XF analyzer: intact cells: problem solving.

WEDNESDAY, April 29TH.
09:00-10:00: L5: David Nicholls: Function and dysfunction: intact cells.
10:00-10:30: Coffee break.
10:30-11:15: L6: Shona Mookerjee: The Seahorse XF analyzer: quantifying glycolytic and oxidative phosphorylation
11:15-12:45: P3: Shona Mookerjee: The Seahorse XF analyzer: quantifying glycolytic and oxidative phosphorylation: problem solving.
12:45-13:45: Lunch in atrium.
13:45-14:30: L7: David Nicholls: Using the proton circuit: adenine nucleotides and calcium.
14:30-15:30: L8: Martin Brand: reactive oxygen species.
15:30-15:45: Coffee break.
15:45-17:15: P4: David Nicholls: Monitoring plasma and mitochondrial potentials in intact cells: problem solving.

Conference Banquet

THURSDAY, April 30TH.
09:00-10:00: L9: David Nicholls: Applying the proton circuit to a physiological problem: brown fat and non-shivering thermogenesis.
10:00-10:45: L10: David Nicholls: How to evaluate a ‘hot topic’
10:45-11:00: Coffee break.
11:00-12:30: L11: David Nicholls, Martin Brand, Shona Mookerjee: round-up – how to critically evaluate the cellular physiology literature. Question and answer session. An opportunity for lecturers to expand on topics covered. For best use of the time, we will need questions to be submitted in advance and we’ll choose those of most general interest.
12.30: Sandwich Lunch, eat-in or take-out; depart.

WW: Thank you so much for that high calorie week of brain candy.
WH: Thank you so much for a stimulating week!
BG: the bioenergetics class was absolutely first-rate; informative, stimulating, etc
RB: I wanted to sincerely thank you all for an excellent and well organized course.
NVB: The course was just outstanding:
LM: Just a note to thank you again for the outstanding course
EDD: Thank you again for the brainstorming and energetic Mito week.
 

Register for the Bioenergetics Master Class

Summer NIA training

The Summer Training Course provides intense exposure to current concepts in experimental aging research for 15-20 research scientists. It is designed primarily for junior faculty and advanced fellows with at least two years postdoctoral experience in cell or molecular biology or a related field. Senior scientists who wish to learn about current aging research are also welcome to apply.
26th Annual Summer Training Course in Experimental Aging Research

The Summer Training Course provides intense exposure to current concepts in experimental aging research for 15-20 research scientists. It is designed primarily for junior faculty and advanced fellows with at least two years postdoctoral experience in cell or molecular biology or a related field. Senior scientists who wish to learn about current aging research are also welcome to apply.  Each day includes:

i) overview lectures on a pivotal topic in modern aging research; ii) development workshops at which trainees present a research proposal, which will be critiqued by workshop faculty with aging expertise; iii) faculty research talks on selected topics. Faculty for the 2018 course include some of the world’s leading scientists in the aging and longevity research community. NO COURSE FEE. Travel and accommodations will be covered by funds from the National Institute on Aging, and meals will be covered by a grant from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research.

  • Cell fate decisions
  • Comparative biology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Genome maintenance
  • Human aging
  • Microbiome
  • Model invertebrate organisms
  • Mouse models
  • Stem cells
  • Stress responses
  1. A Biosketch or CV including publications
  2. At least one letter of recommendation and
  3. A one page grant proposal – like abstract outlining a hypothesis and specific aims for a research project you would like to pursue.  The course provides expert feedback on your research plans, similar to that of a NIA study section. You may also send up to a one-page supplemental description of your research interests if desired.

Email applications to Dr. Holly Van Remmen: Holly-VanRemmen@omrf.org

Direct inquiries to Dr. Pankaj Kapahi: pkapahi@buckinstitute.org

For administrative information, contact Molly Susag: msusag@buckinstitute.org

Contact for more information

Birgit Schilling, PhD

Ricki Singer

Bioenergetics Master Class

Molly Susag

Summer NIA Training

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