Translational Medicine: Doing the Right Research Right

Course code
M37
Course fee (excl. housing)
Price
€800
Course Level
Master or PhD

This EUREKA - UMCU course tackles the intrinsic difficulties of effective translational medicine. It is designed for early-stage researchers interested in this field. COVID-19 has given the world one of its most significant challenges. Translational scientists play a crucial role in tackling these challenges, from developing and implementing diagnostic tests to treatments and vaccines and health policy. This course will show you that addressing health care challenges such as COVID-19, requires much more than deep scientific knowledge. Being an agent of change also requires an understanding of scientific and health systems and a complement of skills, including collaboration, critical thinking, reflection, creative problem solving and communication. The course aims to inspire, train and challenge you to become part of a new generation of translational scientists needed to identify and tackle the most urgent problems in medicine. You will join an international group of students across multiple continents in an in person journey that will navigate through real-life examples of COVID related problems. However, it is not a course about COVID-19; it a course about you. Challenge your perspectives and ambitions, your talents and your role in the system. How do you want your research to contribute to health care and public health?

You will be informed about the latest developments in translational medicine, inspired by rare diseases, and you will develop professional skills that are essential to becoming a translational researcher. Translational medicine, the process of translating ideas from bench to bedside, is failing. To solve this colossal problem at the heart of biomedical science it is necessary to train and educate a new generation of translational scientists who understand how the science system works and who are equipped with the right skills and competences for doing the right research right. Using real-life examples from the field of orphan and pediatric diseases we will help aspiring translational scientists to develop complementary and leadership skills needed to successfully navigate the complex field of translational medicine.

This course takes up that challenge and provides aspiring translational scientists with insights, tools and competences to navigate the difficult track from bench to bedside. Crucial is obtaining a systemic perspective on science, complemented with skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and communication. The programme includes personal mentoring and advice. The course empowers participants to become successful translational scientists, especially in the fields of rare and paediatric diseases.

Day-to-day programme (PDF)
Course director
Prof. dr. A.B.J. Prakken

Lecturers

CORE FACULTY:

Rinze Benedictus – Staff advisor UMC Utrecht & Science in Transition – vice director of the course

Richard Foty - Assistant Professor, Translational Research Program, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, course executive

Sabine Fuchs – Pediatrician in metabolic disease at Wilhelmina Children’s hospital, Utrecht

Gianfranco Grompone - Chief Scientific Officer at BioGaia AB, Sweden

Marc van Mil - Associate professor Biomedical Education, University Medical Center Utrecht, Education center & Center for Molecular Medicine, course executive

Joris van Montfrans – Pediatrician Immunologist, Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital

Berent Prakken – Vice-Dean Education University Medical Center Utrecht, course director

Norm Rosenblum - Professor of Innovation in Biomedical Education, Director Graduate School of Life Sciences, Director of Biomedical Sciences, University Medical Center Utrecht

Hester den Ruijter - Translational Scientist at the Laboratory of Experimental Cardiology, UMC Utrecht

Anita Small – Project Manager, Deaf Artists and Theatres Toolkit (DATT), Cahoots Theatre Company, Owner/Founder, small LANGUAGE CONNECTIONS

 

 

OTHER CONFIRMED FACULTY/FACILITATORS:

Pat Furlong  - Founding President & CEO Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, New Jersey

Johan Garssen – Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences Director Immunology Utrecht – Singapore, Nutricia Research

Brian Goeltzenleuchter – Artist, Writer and Educator, Research Fellow at the Institute for Public and Urban Affairs, San Diego State University

Bea van ’t Land – Senior scientist Immunology at Nutricia Researcht, Utrecht

Kiran Nistala – VP Clinical Immunology, R&I Late Stage Development, AstraZeneca BioPharmaceuticals R&D, Cambridge, UK

Anna van Suchtelen – Artist, Writer

 

Target audience

Late Master, PhD students, early Post-docs and Fellows

Aim of the course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Articulate how a translational approach to scientific research can expedite the movement of knowledge to improvements in health;
  2. Describe the critical role of patients in translational research and list ways of engaging them in the process;
  3. Define and the basic knowledges and skills required in translational research;
  4. Grow their professional international network of translational researchers.

Study load

9 hrs per day. Please note we start on Sunday July 3rd at 10:00 am. 

Costs

Course fee:
Price
€800
Included:
Fee covers
Course + course materials + lunch
Housing fee:
Housing cost
200
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School
Extra information about the fee

Some bursaries available for participants affiliated with partners from the EUREKA Institute + members of the Apollo Society. 

Additional information

For more information on housing have a look here

Application


For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

Motivation Letter
C.V.
Reference Letter

More information

Erica Roks | E: eroks@umcutrecht.nl | T: +31(0)88 7553316

UMC Utrecht, Education Centre | Hijmans van den Bergh Building | Address: Universiteitsweg 98
3584 CG Utrecht

Registration

Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
27 May 2022