About the programme

The Translational Excellence Programme offers a few select graduated PhDs a postdoctoral fellowship in translational medicine. It is a unique career opportunity for those wishing to become leaders in the field of translational medicine.

Fellows will help to better the health of patients by applying new discoveries and technologies from biomedical research to the clinical environment or to the life science industry, thus bridging the gaps between research and medical treatment.

Education and mentored research

Fellows will be educated and mentored as they perform research in the field of translational medicine. This will give them a thorough understanding of the scientific content of translational medicine, and they will acquire the knowledge and skills to be able to manage the essential collaboration between disciplines and to translate and back-translate between clinical and basic science. They will also be educated and trained to manage the essential collaboration between disciplines to ultimately better the health of patients.

Need for translational researchers

Translational researchers are needed due to innovative techniques and technological developments in biomedical science that require translation 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.

Programme structure

The programme will run over the course of 2 years, during which fellows will dedicate 20% of their time to educational activities, such as courses, and 80% of their time to an individual research project in the field of translational medicine. Each fellow will team up with two mentors, who will provide lab facilities and who will mentor the fellow on their individual research project.

Language and place

The educational activities will be in English and will take place at the Panum Institute at the University of Copenhagen. However, the fellow’s individual research will take place at the lab that is made available to them by their mentors.

The vision for the programme

The overall vision is 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. 

Salary provided

Salary for fellows will be provided by the Translational Excellence Programme for the 2-year programme period.

The fellow will receive 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

Translational phases in focus

The programmes educational activities and the fellows individual research will cover the translational phases T₀- early T₂.

Read more about the translational phases covered in the programme in the course descriptions under Mandatory courses.

Guidelines and practicalities

Please find the BRIDGE ‘Guidelines and Practicalities’ publication (pdf) for more information about the framework of the programme, mentoring programme, rules and regulations, academic curriculum etc.

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The Translational Excellence Programme is sponsored by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

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