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The annual “Molecular Biology Course 2013, organized by University of Tsukuba in cooperation with Institute of Tropical Biology (ITB), took place from 14 to 18/1/2013 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The “Molecular Biology Course” is part of the "Internship in Vietnam 2013” for students of University of Tsukuba. The course included two parts, Experimental Teaching Course and Experimental Research Course. The Experimental Research Course was held at the National Key Laboratory of ITB.

From Vietnam, 24 participants who are currently staffs or students of Institute of Tropical Biology, BioTechnology Center of HCMC, Vietnam National University HCMC, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, University of Science-VNU HCMC, International University-VNU HCMC and Nong Lam University came to attend the course. From Japan, 7 professors and 17 graduate students of Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba came to teach and do experiments with Vietnamese participants in the course.

Lectures about “Molecular Biology”, “Nrf2: a master regulator of antioxidant and detoxification genes”, “Analysis of Gene Expression by RT-PCR”, were delivered to participants by lecturers of University of Tsukuba. At the Experimental Research Course, participants had chance to practice “Cell treatment”, “RNA isolation”, “RT-PCR” techniques, etc.

In addition to scientific subjects, participants were also trained soft skill to give good presentation. At the end of the course, groups of participants made presentations to share their experience during the experimental research. Participants were issued certificate for attending the “Molecular Biology Course 2013” of University of Tsukuba. Best students of the course were also awarded scholarship to attend the summer school at University of Tsukuba in Japan.

Beside the “Molecular Biology Course 2013”, another group of 6 professor, physician, nurse, graduate students and the Deputy Director of University Hospital from University of Tsukuba also visited Cho Ray Hospital to discuss the cooperative activities, deliver lectures and conduct practices.