Transformative Advances in Science and Healthcare: 1950-2024

Bruce Seligmann
Monday 2 PM - 4 PM AZ Time
July 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2024
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Transformative Advances in Science and Healthcare: 1950-2024

2 PM - 4 PM AZ Time
July 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2024

Course Format: 



Main Campus



Major advances in science in our lifetime have transformed healthcare and enabled the breakthroughs in medicine we enjoy today. We will explore the chronology of advances in the lab, and how they impact our health care. The study of diseases and discovery of new drugs has evolved from animal testing and growing bacteria in petri dishes, to lab bench testing of enzymes and proteins and growth and use of cancer, diseased, or normal cells in the lab for drug discovery. We can now grow viruses, produce more effective and safer vaccines, test antiviral agents, use optics, automation, computer modeling, and artificial intelligence. The COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are something new, and critically important, but what enabled them? Organ transplants are now possible, but in addition, liver cells are recovered from donated organs and used for safety assessment of drugs and cosmetics rather than using animals. I will talk about the many uses of blood and surgical tissues donated by patients and the relatively new field of patient-to-lab research. Examples: We will be able to determine the immediate and long-term impact on humans and animals of a chemical spill in as little as five days. We will be able to predict risk of cardiovascular disease at birth, make lifestyle changes in youth and develop drugs to prevent the actual physical changes that lead to a heart attack. Although ethical concerns will have to be considered, we should be able to predict those at high risk for schizophrenia and to develop medications taken in one’s teens to minimize the risk. The list goes on. I will be sharing my excitement at these transformations, how they have impacted our treatments and visits to the doctor, and end with what is evolving today that will be transformative tomorrow.

Summer 2024 Registration Opens Online:
Monday, March 4, 2024 at 8 AM (AZ Time) 

Required Reading: 

No textbook is required. All readings will be distributed to students electronically.

Meet Your Professor

Associate Research Professor
College of Pharmacy

Bruce Seligmann, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Arizona and the Co-founder and CSO of BioSpyder Technologies. Seligmann holds a BS in Chemistry from Davidson College and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland. He has worked with John Gallin and Tony Fauci as Senior Staff Fellow at the NIH and NIAID and has founded several biotech companies.


  • All classes will be delivered on-campus and online via live video streaming. Students will enroll in their preferred format during registration.
  • On-Campus classes will be held in the Rubel Room at the University of Arizona's Poetry Center (1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85721). Enrollment for in-person classes is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. All students enrolled to attend in person also have complete online access and may choose to attend one or all class sessions remotely if desired.
  • Online students may attend all classes via live video streaming and will be able to participate in all course Q&A sessions with the professor in real-time. A high-speed internet connection and a device capable of running Zoom are required to connect. Online access will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.
  • Class Recordings - All HSP classes are recorded and available for every enrolled student to watch for the duration of the course and one month after the last class session. This option is offered to aid students who cannot attend the live class times but desire to enroll and participate asynchronously. We hope this option also aids students who are traveling or have a necessary appointment that conflicts with a class session to stay connected and engaged with the course material.


Poetry Center
Dorothy Rubel Room
1508 E Helen
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Located on the SE corner of Helen Street and Vine Avenue, one block north of Speedway and three blocks west of Campbell Ave.

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