Biotechnology - DNA Technologies: Emphasis in Medical Imaging

The Radiologic Sciences department prepares students to become specialized technologists in either Cross-sectional imaging (i.e. MRI and CT), or Ultrasound by exposing them to the theoretical foundations and practical skills involved in the various modalities. These new programs are the only existing Medical Imaging programs available in the country. New specialties are planned to be open soon.

These programs are launched at a critical time when Lebanon is witnessing a boom in the startup of new hospitals and laboratories all over its territories. Such institutes are being equipped with increasing numbers of imaging modalities that require specific know-how in both their functioning, optimization and data analysis. These Specialties programs to be completed within a single academic year (18-credit) are instrumental in advancing technologists’ training in the ever developing area of Medical Imaging.

Courses in the Medical Imaging program are instructed by medical practitioners in Lebanon with outstanding knowledge in the fields of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging. The program also offers a unique opportunity for the students to broaden their networking across the biomedical spectrum.

 

 
 
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS FOR GRADUATION (36 credits)
CORE REQUIREMENTS (21 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
CLS 522 Cell & Molecular Biology NONE
3
CLS 565 Biostatistics and Epidemiology NONE
3
CLS 575 Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry NONE
3
CLS 594 Clinical Trials NONE
3
CLS 595 Special Topics in Biotechnology NONE
3
CLS511R Imaging Anatomy and Pathology NONE
3
CLS577R Advanced Molecular Imaging NONE
3
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (9 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
CLS513R Cross-Sectional Imaging Protocols NONE
3
CLS514R Radiation Protection NONE
3
CLS531R Advanced Ultrasound I NONE
3
CLS532R Advanced Ultrasound II NONE
3
CLS589R Advanced Imaging Practicum NONE
3
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (6 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
CLS 598 Master's Thesis II NONE
3
CLS 599 Master's Thesis NONE
6
Course Descriptions
CLS 522
Cell & Molecular Biology
This course will cover selected topics in the organization and regulation of the eukaryotic cell with an emphasis on cell structure and function, transcription regulation, RNA processing, nuclear transport, cell cycle control, as well as recombinant DNA methods and tools.
Prerequisite: NONE
CLS 565
Biostatistics and Epidemiology

This is advanced course in the applications of biostatistics and epidemiology into research projects. The goal is to present latest research statistical methodology useful in analyzing biomedical data. The course covers both theory and applications in the form of problem solving and applications on current research projects in Biotechnology and Bio-analytical toxicology.

Prerequisite: NONE
CLS 575
Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry
This course combines an in-depth understanding of pharmacology with a condensed overview of medicinal chemistry and its applications. The pharmacology part will address the use, effect, and interaction of a drug in the organism with an emphasis on major action, side effects, toxic symptoms and linkage to chemical configuration of the drug molecule. The Medicinal Chemistry part of the course will describe the alteration of chemical properties and functional groups in drugs to better their availability, absorption, metabolism, pharmacokinetics and duration of action.
Prerequisite: NONE
CLS 594
Clinical Trials

This course is intended to provide an overview of the objectives, research strategies and methods of patient-oriented research. The course topics include competing objectives of clinical research, principles of observational studies, principles of clinical trials, principles of meta-analysis, interpretation of diagnostic tests, prognostic studies, causal inference, qualitative research methods, and decision analysis. Sessions generally combine a lecture on the topic with discussion of articles that are distributed in advance of the sessions.

Prerequisite: NONE
CLS 595
Special Topics in Biotechnology
This course deals with the latest advances in biotechnology principles and applications. Topics may include genomics and proteomics, systems biology, medical technologies, drug design, food processes, environmental sciences, agricultural technologies, industrial procedures and forensic sciences. The student will select a topic for comprehensive study and will submit a midterm and a final report on the findings.
Prerequisite: NONE
CLS511R
Imaging Anatomy and Pathology
This course will allow the students to develop an integrated understanding of anatomy and pathology as it applies to the several medical imaging modalities in the clinical context. The course explores the fundamentals of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the major systems of the human body in relation to specific regions and pathologies, discussing the imaging modality of choice for each condition.
Prerequisite: NONE
CLS577R
Advanced Molecular Imaging
This course aims to explore the molecular imaging technology and discuss realistic scenarios as they are encountered in research. Topics for discussion include the choices researchers make about suitable biological targets, radiopharmaceuticals, subjects, molecular imaging tools, and experimental protocols. Students will learn how to extract more useful information from the molecular imaging study through the use of pharmacological models and advanced methods of analysis.
Prerequisite: NONE
CLS513R
Cross-Sectional Imaging Protocols
This course will allow the students to acquire an in depth understanding into cross-sectional imaging applications and protocols that combine pathology with scanning techniques and acquisition parameters in Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to become more autonomous in these imaging modalities. This course will also help understanding contrast media delivery strategies and their implications on pathology.
Prerequisite: NONE
CLS514R
Radiation Protection
This course will allow the students to gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide expert radiation protection advice to employers and patients in the medical fields of radiotherapy, diagnostic and interventional radiology, and nuclear medicine at hospitals and medical imaging centers.
Prerequisite: NONE
CLS531R
Advanced Ultrasound I
This course aims to provide the students with an understanding of the principles and practices in Obstetrics & Gynecology Ultrasound. It addresses the practical applications of ultrasound through an understanding of the principles of scientific clinical investigation, and facilitates the acquisition of the skills necessary for clinical practice. Developing the clinical proficiency of the students is, therefore, an integral part of the course.
Prerequisite: NONE
CLS532R
Advanced Ultrasound II
This course aims to provide the students with an understanding of the principles and practices of vascular ultrasound and Echocardiography. It addresses the practical applications of ultrasound through an understanding of the principles of scientific clinical investigation, and facilitates the acquisition of the skills necessary for clinical practice. Developing the clinical proficiency of the students is, therefore, an integral part of the course.
Prerequisite: NONE
CLS589R
Advanced Imaging Practicum
This course will allow the students to gain advanced practical skills in the modality of interest (i.e. Ultrasound (US), Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), or Nuclear Medicine (NM)). This intensive clinical practicum will further improve the skills of the students to be more independent in performing all the routine and specialized protocols.
Prerequisite: NONE
CLS 598
Master's Thesis II
Each graduate student is required to submit, under the supervision of a faculty member, a research proposal in a grant application form following NIH guidelines in related field of study. Students will present and defend their proposals.
Prerequisite: NONE
CLS 599
Master's Thesis
Students conduct laboratory research under the guidance of a faculty member in the faculty of Health Sciences in a selected area. Students should submit a written report and present and defend their projects.
Prerequisite: NONE

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