COM-T to Sponsor 4 Jr. Scientists to Attend Eureka Translational Medicine Course in Italy – Apply Now!

Eureka Institute certificate program in translational medicineInterested in Translational Medicine? Want to attend the Eureka Translational Medicine course in Italy in 2018?

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is sponsoring four junior scientists (at postdoctoral/ resident or assistant professor level) to attend the Eureka Institute for Translational Medicine Certificate Course in Sicily, Italy, April 8-14, 2018. 

Applications due: Nov. 27, 2017

In addition to Dean Charles Cairns, MD, This effort also is being supported by Carol C. Gregorio, PhD, chair, UA Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine; Monica Kraft, MD, chair, UA Department of Medicine, and Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, chief, UA Division of Cardiology, and director, UA Sarver Heart Center.

The objective is to establish a site in the multi-lateral international “Eureka Network of Translational Medicine” at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. The long-term goal is for clinicians, scientists, industrial partners and advocates to build and maintain a highly productive team-based translational network for rapid exchange of data and ideas to more rapidly move medicine forward.

Eureka Institute certificate program in translational medicineThe Eureka course focuses on biomedical professionals in the early stages of their careers. Previous participants have been approximately equal numbers of PhD and MD degrees (or MD/PhDs) supplemented with biomedical administrators and industry scientists. Participants will gain appreciation of the spectrum of translation, from an initial biological discovery through to implementation of therapy in clinical practice.

Over the intensive seven-day course, participants examine case studies, attend highly focused seminars presented by members of the scientific, medical and biomedical regulatory communities, and develop creative and novel problem-solving strategies to build uniquely effective translational medicine teams. Participants enhance their ability to communicate effectively across broad audiences. The program is individually tailored, and is based on learner-centered discussions and mentoring by internationally recognized leaders. Social media venues are established so that researchers can easily communicate with each other and maintain communication after course completion as their careers evolve.

Through a competitive process, four (4) applications will be considered for participation in this certificate program for the Eureka Class of 2018. The UA College of Medicine – Tucson will fund travel expenses, most meals and tuition for the course, as well as access to the International Translational Medicine E-learning Course. Potential participants will be selected based on credentials (e.g., as determined by their CVs), promise as future translational scientists, and interest in being an active, long-term member of the Eureka Network of Translational Medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

Course Topics

  • Publication: The concept and components of Translational Medicine                  
  • Regulatory Issues: Working in multidisciplinary research teams                                    
  • Research Ethics: Intellectual property protection and development                            
  • International Issues: Funding (public versus private)                                                        
  • Animal Models: Data management and statistical strategies                                    
  • Clinical Trial Design: Academia and industry partnerships                                                 
  • Managing Research Groups: From mountains to molehills: transforming basic research into leads
  • Modeling diseases and therapies in experimental systems
  • Refined approach from global diseases to individualized care

Overall Educational Objectives

Participants will:

  • Analyze the business, scientific and regulatory aspects of Translational Medicine (TM)
  • Explore the challenges professionals encounter in TM
  • Develop critical thinking skills to approach the challenges in TM
  • Develop communication skills for presenting complex scientific ideas to a broad spectrum of people
  • Analyze effective manuscript preparation and begin to apply the concepts to their own work

Milestones/Deliverables of Participation

In exchange for the opportunity to attend the Eureka Certificate Course, the recipients of our awards will be expected to actively engage and educate participants in the UA Health Sciences Eureka Network Translational Medicine Program. Events will include but are not limited to workshops and networking events. Award recipients will be core members of the teaching faculty and expected to work with senior Eureka faculty and former Eureka participants in setting up events to disseminate what they learned at the Eureka course and reflect on how they are using the skills learned.

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If interested please submit the following items electronically to Sasha Verdugo (see email below):

  1. Contact information
  2. CV (curriculum vitae)
  3. Letter of support from your supervisor
  4. A brief statement (<1 page) of specific knowledge you hope to gain from the course and how participation in this activity furthers your long-term goals.

Questions? Please contact Sasha Verdugo ( or 520-626-3184).


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