Academic curriculum focused on translational medicine

Being taught in a specially developed Academic Curriculum by top-professionals within their field is an integral and important part of your two-year postdoctoral fellowship in translational medicine. The Academic Curriculum will educate you as a translational researcher and equip you to lead research in translational medicine in the future.

"….the courses are quite amazing! They provide the fellows with a wide range of skills that I have not seen in any other programme - from machine learning to media training"

Associate Professor Cristina Legido-Quigley, mentor on the BRIDGE-programme

Academic focus

The education will focus on the process of applying discoveries from basic biomedical research, from the laboratory and preclinical studies, to the development of trials and studies in humans, ultimately leading to new therapies, thus covering the translational phases T₀- early T₂.

The Academic Curriculum also covers the reverse process of identifying the causative molecular mechanisms underlying clinical observations and basing further research on these observations.

BRIDGE courses

Only BRIDGE fellows will attend the BRIDGE course activities. You will be part of a group of BRIDGE fellows who will support each other throughout the fellowship and form a unique network with optimal opportunities for sparring across research disciplines.

The BRIDGE courses are a combination of the following elements:

  • Classroom teaching
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Site-visits to life science industry partners
  • Talks and presentations by top professionals within their field

"The high quality of the courses combined with the fact that we are a relatively small group creates a very comfortable environment where you can ask anything and have a lot of interesting discussions on difficult subjects"

Nadia Alling, MSc-Ph.D and BRIDGE-fellow

Educational activities

The mandatory educational activities over a two-year period consist of:

  • An initial two-day ‘boot camp’ to kick-start the mentor-mentee relationship, to help with networking and to provide insights into research methodologies in translational research.
  • Bi-annual seminars organised by the fellows, where they present their projects, data and results. High-profile international researchers will be invited to share their research and insights into translational medicine.
  • Mandatory courses. 15 courses distributed over the two-year period, amounting to approximately 80 course days in total.
  • Academic Afternoons with various contents, such as research communication and social media, career guidance, grant writing, life science industry talks, research ethics, site-visits, etc.

Participation in the courses in the Academic Curriculum is mandatory and is part of the BRIDGE fellows' job description.