Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Institute of Academic Surgery

Laboratory Research

Introduction to Laboratory Research

The IAS will be developing an ‘Introduction to Laboratory Research’ short-course to be held in 2015 that will introduce interested staff to experimental methods, common laboratory methods, animal research, and available postgraduate courses.
Possible topics to be covered will include:

  • Experimental method
    • Hypothesis -> methods -> results -> conclusions -> Hypothesis
    • Controlling conditions, reducing bias/confounding
    • Achieving significance, replicating major findings

  • Working in the laboratory
    • Arranging visits
    • Research positions (RA, PhD, post-grad, supervisor)
    • Who to approach

  • Common laboratory methods
    • Tissue culture
    • Histology
    • Microscopy
    • Molecular biology

  • Animal research
    • Animal models available within Sydney
    • Ethics, Animal Welfare Committees

  • Pathways / courses
    • PhD
    • Master of Surgery
    • Others