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.

Bioenergetics Master Class

Continuing the highly successful Buck Institute Bioenergetics Master Class, Martin Brand, David Nicholls and Shona Mookerjee will be conducting the 2020 Master Class as a three-day interactive online course from October 5th to October 8th. This workshop-intensive course focuses on theoretical and practical aspects of the functional bioenergetics of isolated mitochondria and intact cells. Participants will work through problem-solving sessions of experimental design and data analysis, and discuss examples from published literature.

 
The course fee is $100 (academic) and $250(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 Oct 5-7, 2020 Martin Brand, David Nicholls and Shona Mookerjee

MONDAY, OCTOBER 5TH.

8:30-9:00: Introduction.

9:00-10:00: L1. David Nicholls: The proton circuit, the central concept of cellular bioenergetics – volts, amps and ohms.

10:00-10:30: Informal breakouts*.

10:30-11:30: L2. David Nicholls: Essential thermodynamics: driving forces.

11:30-12:00: Informal breakouts.

12:00-13:00: L3. Martin Brand: Function and dysfunction: isolated mitochondria part 1.

13:00-14:00: Informal breakouts (lunch).

14:00-15:00: L4. Martin Brand: Function and dysfunction: isolated mitochondria part 2.

15:00-15:30: Informal breakouts.

15:30-17:30: P1. Martin Brand: The Seahorse XF analyzer: isolated mitochondria: problem solving.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6TH.

09:00-10:00: L5. David Nicholls: Function and dysfunction: intact cells.

10:00-10:30: Informal breakouts.

10:30-12:00: P2. David Nicholls: The Seahorse XF analyzer: intact cells: problem solving.

12:00-13:00: L6. Martin Brand: reactive oxygen species.

13:00-14:00: Informal breakouts (lunch).

14:00-15:00: L7. Shona Mookerjee: The Seahorse XF analyzer: quantifying glycolytic and oxidative phosphorylation.

15:00-15:30: Informal breakouts.

15:30-17:30: P3. Shona Mookerjee: The Seahorse XF analyzer: quantifying glycolytic and oxidative phosphorylation: problem solving.

 

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7TH.

09:00-10:00: L8. David Nicholls: Applying the proton circuit to a physiological problem: brown fat and non-shivering thermogenesis.

10:00-10:30: Informal breakouts.

10:30-12:15: P4. David Nicholls: Monitoring plasma and mitochondrial potentials in intact cells: problem solving.

12:15-13:15: L9. David Nicholls:  Quality control: how to critically evaluate the bioenergetic literature.

13:15-14:15: Martin Brand, Shona Mookerjee, David Nicholls: free-ranging discussion on the state of bioenergetic research.

14:15-16:00: Breakout rooms available for small-group networking amongst participants.

 

*Informal breakouts: We will try to replicate the networking opportunities of an in-person course. There will be enough breakout rooms to accommodate 4-5 people per room, often containing either David, Martin, Shona, or a member of the Brand lab. At each break you will be randomly pre-assigned to one of the rooms so you can choose to drop in (or not) with a coffee or lunch to chat informally with each other, or with the course leaders. Ideally, you won’t spend the breaks on your emails or twitter (you can do that anytime without attending a course). Over the three days you should get the opportunity to interact with every other participant. On the final day you have the option of holding follow-up deeper conversations or plan new shared projects with any other attendee (just let us know by Wednesday lunchtime who you want to be roomed with).

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

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.

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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