➔ ELO students will learn about mental and cardiovascular disease from different angles – from the genes and molecules all the way to behavioural and population disease manifestation, diagnosis and treatment.
◆ To do so, ELO students will be paired with graduate students and postdocs working with IMES principal investigators, be directed to key literature in the field, and attend weekly laboratory meetings and meetings with members of the consortium.
◆ ELO students will learn to dig into scientific literature as well as into primary market research. By interacting with our collaborators in the healthcare industry and with second-year Sloan MBA students actively collaborating with IMES, ELO students will learn to landscape the most important technologies and describe the most critical clinical issues and economic impacts.
➔ ELO students will learn about already-existing different frameworks for health care delivery and how health problems manifest and are tackled in different communities/cultures. They will learn to interview key opinion leaders and stakeholders.
➔ ELO students will be actively involved in the early steps of creating an international consortium, “US/LATAM Consortium”, that aims to bring together individuals and institutions from different backgrounds and cultures. We hope to generate a joint muti-PI, multi-institutional proposal (for June deadline submission) so that several research projects may be funded in the space of overlap between chronic disease and mental disease. By direct interaction with the faculty promoting the above-mention consortium, students will learn and apply critical soft skills such as how to approach building a large and diverse team of professionals; how to find the unifying scheme that brings people together; how to circumvent language and cultural barriers; and how to actively promote inclusion and diversity in the team. In addition students will learn and practice project management, proposal preparation, and pitching skills for internships opportunities.
➔ ELO students will have the opportunity to learn and practice Spanish and Portuguese when interacting with Latin American collaborators, and to gain exposure to and an appreciation for working within an international context and with diverse cultures.
➔ ELO students will have the opportunity to become co-teachers/tutors of middle and high school students to help them improve academically and to inspire them to pursue STEAM careers. This will allow ELO students to develop their teaching/tutoring skills and service spirit and interact as educators in practice rather than in theory.
About MIT Innovation Initiative
We’re a small group of unceasingly inquisitive, data-obsessed MIT-ers tasked by The Office of the Provost to develop and strengthen the innovation & entrepreneurial community at MIT…and beyond.
We connect and inspire the most innovative people, programs, places, and partnerships at MIT—stewarding the innovation process from idea to impact.