NSCI 396 Undergraduate Research Project Proposal Form: Laser capture of skeletal muscle in IBM (Prof. T. Taivassalo)

INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Fill out Sections A & B then submit this form online. (You will receive an email copy of the form. The Office for Undergraduate Research in Science will also post the project online, indicating whether the project is open for students to apply or taken.) DONE

INSTRUCTIONS - STUDENTS: You may receive this form by email, or you may download it after it has been posted. Either way, print this form. Complete and sign Section C on the hardcopy. Ask your supervisor to sign Section D. Take it to the department corresponding to the course number in Section A (this may or may not be your own department). Do not register for a '396' course on Minerva until you receive departmental permission.
INSTRUCTIONS - DEPARTMENTS: After the unit chair/director/designate approves (or not) this project, notify student. If approved, please give student permission to register on Minerva, and fax this form (with signatures) to the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science at 514-398-8102.
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Name: Dr. Tanja Taivassalo
Email: tanja.taivassalo [at] mcgill.ca
Phone: 514-398-4184 ext 0528
Supervisor's department: None of the above
Supervisor's department (if none of the above) Kinesiology / Neuroscience
Course number: NSCI396 (Neuroscience)
Term: Fall 2009-2010
Project start date: September 14, 2009
Project end date: December 3, 2009
Project title: Laser capture of skeletal muscle in IBM
Project description: Project aim: To discover the content of abnormal proteins within skeletal muscle of patients with Inclusion Body Myositis, an inflammatory muscle disease, characterized by slowly progressive weakness and wasting of both distal and proximal muscles. The student will be responsible for sectioning tissue, histological staining, and selecting out single abnormal fibers using a laser microdissection scope.
Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.
Other prerequisite, if applicable:
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 50% laboratory performance, 50% written report
Other project information: This project requires initial review of IBM literature and teaching of use of muscle histology and laser microdisection which will be done both by the professor and a Master's student who is proficient in these techniques.
Project status - This project is: Taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.
How students can apply: N/A; this project is filled.
If other, please specify:  
Ethics, safety, and training
Which of the following, if any, is involved? One or more of the following
Animal subjects [ ]
Human subjects [x]
Biohazardous substances [ ]
Radioactive materials [ ]
Handling chemicals [ ]
Using lasers [ ]
Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students.
Do not complete this section unless/until the student is identified.
McGill ID:
Email (first.last [at] mail.mcgill.ca):
Program (E.g., B.Sc. Maj. Chem. Min. Biol.):
Level (U0 / U1 / U2 / U3):
Student signature - I have not applied for another '396' course in this term:  
Do not complete this section unless/until the student is identified.
Supervisor: I give my permission for the student identified in section C to register for this project under my supervision.
Supervisor's signature:  
Unit chair/director/designate: I certify that this project conforms to departmental requirements for 396 courses.
Unit chair/director/designate's name:  
Unit chair/director/designate's signature: