Academic Curriculum focused on translational medicine

Being taught through a specially developed Academic Curriculum by top-professional experts is an integral and important part of the BRIDGE programme in translational medicine. The Academic Curriculum educates fellows as translational researchers and equip junior researchers to lead research in translational medicine in the years to come.

"….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 in the BRIDGE programme

Academic focus

The education focuses 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

BRIDGE courses activities are offered exclusively to BRIDGE- fellows.  Fellows are part of a group supporting one another throughout the fellowship and forming a unique network with ideal 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-PhD 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 assist in networking and to provide insights on research methodologies and stakeholders within translational research
  • Mandatory courses. 15 courses distributed over the two-year period, amounting to 59 course days in total  plus the two-day Boot Camp, Academic Afternoons and fellow-driven seminars
  • Bi-annual fellow-driven seminars organised by the fellows on a topic and in a format of fellows' choice.  High-profile international researchers may also be invited to share their research and insights on translational medicine
  • 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 Academic Curriculum courses is mandatory.

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