News from CRG
The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS), and the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR)—the two last institutes linked to the Clínic Hospital and Vall d’Hebron Hospital, both university training hospitals in Barcelona—have designed a training programme called “PhD for Medical Doctors – PhD4MD”. This is a pioneering initiative seeking to speed up the transfer of results generated by biomedical research activities in Spain to clinical practice—a process commonly known as translational medicine.
“It is a challenge for research centres to translate their findings into clinical practice. It is crucial to further basic knowledge, but all this effort makes no sense if there is no benefit for public health,” explains Luis Serrano, director of CRG. “We need to have medical doctors who are willing to collaborate with us and to train in order to ensure that our research reaches the hospital setting,” concludes Serrano.
The first call, which will serve as a pilot programme, will offer four fellowships for medical doctors that wish to be trained in research and to do a PhD over three years. Joan Comella, director of VHIR comments that, “the experience of hospitals in clinical and translational research will help basic research centres to bring their knowledge to the bedside”. In his experience, “together, medical doctors and researchers form a perfect team to improve public health.”