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.

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

"….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

The BRIDGE programme acknowledges that soft science is an important part of being a translational researcher. Therefore, the academic curriculum includes courses where the fellows will gain knowledge in research management and leadership, science communication and media skills, as well as ethical, legal and organizational challenges faced as a translational researcher.

"Unexpectedly, the courses helped me form two novel collaborations with basic researchers. Although these collaborations were just formed during my first year as a BRIDGE fellow, we already secured funding for both projects, highlighting the large interest in translational research projects formed between clinicians and basic researchers."

­Anders Rehfeld, MD, PhD, Postdoctoral BRIDGE fellow

Media training
Media training during the course Science Communication & Media Skills
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Gitte Gravengaard 2022

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:

  • 15 courses distributed over the two-year period, amounting to 57 course days in total 
  • Course preparation is to be expected across all courses
  • Participation in the courses in the Academic Curriculum is mandatory and is part of the BRIDGE fellows' job description
  • Outside the Academic Curriculum, the BRIDGE programme also includes a two-day Boot Camp, Academic Afternoons, and Fellow-driven Seminars