NCRM's training and education initiatives strives to build a specially trained workforce for the regenerative medicine industry. With the cooperation of our founding institutions, academic and corporate collaborators, NCRM offers two unique training and education programs to support the development of future scientists and physician scientists. NCRM's staff also participates in education programs for the general public.
The ENGAGE summer program is a 10-week internship, organized by the NCRM, for undergraduate and medical students to gain direct, real-world experience in a functioning lab setting. Entering its seventh year, ENGAGE promotes and supports students’ participation in research and creative projects in the study of stem cells and regenerative medicine.
This year, with support from the MSC (mesenchymal stem cell) 2013: Adult Stem Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine Conference, and a new NIH SEPA grant, NCRM can offer 4 undergraduate students and 4 medical students funding opportunities – $3,000 in stipends and material costs – to work alongside principal investigators in NCRM.
RENEW (Regenerative Medicine Education Network) continues to stimulate stem cell biology now and into the future by cultivating a cadre of well-trained scientists to bring stem cell innovations to the marketplace. Funded by a T32 training grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), RENEW provides a two-year, web-based course to post-doctoral graduates to gain experience with stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. Most importantly, it connects these up-and-coming scientists directly with NCRM primary investigators during sessions that run in 15 week blocks.