Vascular Medicine 2nd Phase


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Title Vascular Medicine 2nd Phase
Period 01 / 2007 - unknown
Status Current
Research number OND1318553
Data Supplier Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - NWO


Due to demographic changes in Western-Europe, major problems will have to be solved in the 21st century regarding three groups of diseases: diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The vascular system plays a crucial role in all these diseases. The Ruprecht-Karls-Universit├Ąt Heidelberg and the Rijkuniversiteit Groningen have decided to initiate a strategic collaboration in order to find solutions for these major health problems through joint research and postgraduate education. The collaboration is based on scientific excellence and international reputation in the field of basic as well as clinical vascular medicine and has led to form a European Graduate School (EGS) in Vascular Medicine. The long term goal of the proposed European Graduate School is to bridge the gap between basic human/medical biology and clinical science in the field of vascular medicine through a structured program of research and high quality teaching courses presenting state-of-the-art technologies. There is clear evidence (see progress report) that this type of school provides integrated knowledge about vascular medicine, and is an excellent teaching platform for young scientist interested in the complex problems of vascular medicine. During the first period of the Graduate School, the initial project concept was revisited, and the aims presented now are both the result of this revision, and the propagation of the most successful parts. The first aim of the proposed European Graduate School is to integrate basic with clinical research in the field of vascular medicine. In the second phase of the school, joint research projects (representing the input of 8 research groups from 13 disciplines) will be continued, comprising both cell biology and clinical studies and centred around one crucial research theme: ?Vascular damage and repair.? Regular joint meetings will be held to monitor the scientific process of the research projects (and graduate students involved) and plan future research strategies The second aim of the school is to provide an educational framework for young graduates. This framework comprises a Junior Scientific Masterclass Program (pioneered in Groningen) in which selected and well motivated medical students are educated within a structured scheme of complementary courses in skills necessary for clinical research in parallel with the medical curriculum. Successful completion of these courses and related joint research project leads to a dissertation. The European Graduate School will be the starting point for these student for enrolment into an MD / PhD program

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Project leader Dr. F.J. van der Woude


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