About the programme
BRIDGE - a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in translational medicine
The BRIDGE - Translational Excellence Programme offers a few select graduated PhDs a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in translational medicine.
A BRIDGE fellowship is a unique postdoctoral programme consisting of three core elements: education, mentoring and research.
In the matrix between these three elements, fellows will be trained and educated in how to apply new discoveries and technologies from biomedical research to the clinical environment or life science industry, to the benefit of patient health. The fellows will bridge the gap between research and medical treatment and thereby fulfil the vision of BRIDGE: to establish a translational clinical academic ecosystem in which scientists and physicians interact, so that basic biomedical discoveries can be studied in humans and translated into routine medical therapy.
Need for translational researchers
Translational researchers are needed. Innovative techniques and technological developments in biomedical science must be translated into the clinical realm to improve medical treatment.
The translational fellows will understand the scientific content of translational medicine, acquire the knowledge and skills to manage the essential collaboration between disciplines, and translate and back-translate between clinical and basic science.
"…. I think the BRIDGE programme is a gateway to a successful future career. The combination of clinical and basic research and the exceptionally professional courses will create some very attractive candidates with a wide-ranging skill set." Associate Professor and BRIDGE-mentor Cristina Legido-Quigley
Becoming a BRIDGE fellow is a unique career opportunity for those wishing to become leaders in the field of translational medicine.
You must apply for a BRIDGE fellowship in cooperation with a mentor team. You may find a suitable mentor team listed on the mentor team listed on the website or you may contact relevant scientists at the University of Copenhagen or at a hospital/from the life science industry and suggest them to form a mentor team and collaborate with you on a BRIDGE fellowship.
The duration of fellowships is two years.
All courses are taught in English and takes place at the Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen. The fellow’s individual research will take place at the lab made available to them by their mentors.
Mentors from a basic biomedical science environment must be at the level of Associate Professor or Professor with at least a 50% appointment at University of Copenhagen
Mentors from a clinical oriented environment must have the following qualifications:
- Clinical Professor (in Danish: Klinisk professor)
- Clinical Research Associate Professor (in Danish: Klinisk forskningslektor)
Conditionally approved titles
- Clinical associate professor (in Danish: Klinisk lektor (A-B-C))
- Postgraduate clinical associate professor (in Danish: Postgraduat klinisk lektor)
- Occupied in a research relevant position in healthcare or life science industry (in Danish: Forskningsrelevant beskæftigelse på hospitaler eller i life science industri)
Each fellow will team up with a Mentor Team, who will provide lab facilities and who will mentor the fellow on their individual research project.
A Mentor Team must consist of one mentor from a basic biomedical science environment at University of Copenhagen. The second mentor must be a clinical mentor who is either appointed at a hospital at Region Zealand or the Capital Region or a clinical mentor from life science industry.
It is also possible to construct a Mentor Team combing mentors from both a basic biomedical science environment at University of Copenhagen, a hospital in the Capital Region/Region Zealand and the life science industry.
The laboratories of the Mentor Teams will host you in the two-year period of the fellowship and guarantee the necessary running costs to successfully execute your research project, as well as access to support staff, training, equipment and advice from members of the mentors’ institutions.
Read more about mentor commitments and responsibilities under Become a mentor.
Mentors or partners from the Life Science industry are highly appreciated and should have competences equivalent to mentors from a clinical oriented environment.
Life science industry collaboration may materialise in the form of:
- a second mentor in a Mentor Team with a mentor from basic sciences,
- as a third supplementary mentor to a basic and clinical mentor, or
- as a third partner to a basic and clinical Mentor Team, assisting with life science industry knowledge-sharing, networking, skills acquisition, technological insight, or likewise.
Life science industry mentors, partners or collaborators are highly encouraged in the BRIDGE programme.
Fellows will dedicate 20 % of their time to educational activities. The remaining 80 % is dedicated to an individual research project in the field of translational medicine.
Courses are planned and coordinated by the BRIDGE-administration. Your research is conducted in the laboratories of your mentors, who will assist you in developing your research plans.
Salary for fellows will be provided by the BRIDGE - Translational Excellence Programme for the two-year fellowship period.
In addition, the fellow will in addition have access to an annual sum of DKK 50.000 during the two-year employment to cover costs for computer equipment, travel, participation in meetings and conferences, language courses and activities not offered within the programme.