Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme
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About the programme
In September 2007, the Higher Education Authority awarded funding under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (Cycle 4) for a Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme (CSFP) in translational medical research to be coordinated by Molecular Medicine Ireland. The objective of the CSFP is to train the next generation of clinician scientists (academic medical leaders) with the unique and specialised knowledge essential to fulfil Ireland's research needs in translation medicine.
This training programme transcends institutional boundaries to give Fellows unparalleled access to the top biomedical researchers in the country and to state-of-the-art basic and clinical research facilities. The aim is to educate biomedical investigators who, motivated by the intellectual challenge of understanding disease at the molecular level, will lead the quest for new therapeutic strategies. The programme provides a systematic way to train this essential group of clinician investigators through a structured PhD programme for medical graduates of three years in length.
In November 2007 MMI issued the first call for expressions of interest in the programme which resulted in 51 full applications. Short-listed candidates were interviewed by a selection panel. 19 MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowships were awarded in this round. More details >>
A second call for the programme was issued in September 2008 which resulted in the award of three Clinician Scientist Fellowships In December 2008 . More details>>
National Structured Training
The MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme consists of a three year PhD and a collaborative curriculum designed to assist the Fellows in making the transition from the clinic to the bench and in developing their careers as clinician scientists.
The Fellows come together for part of their training, developing their experience beyond any single laboratory or institution. This national element to the Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme, coordinated by the Molecular Medicine Ireland, comprises a structured taught course curriculum, delivered by experts in biomedical research and also providing important ancillary professional skills. These courses are complemented by annual scientific meetings of Fellows and their supervisors that enable review of progress of individuals and the programme as a whole, as well as social networking.
The Clinician Scientist Fellowship programme was launched by Mary Hanafin TD, Minister for Education and Science, at the official launch of Molecular Medicine Ireland at the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland on 17 April 2008.
Speaking at the launch, Dr Ruth Barrington, Chief Executive of Molecular Medicine Ireland, said that MMI had taken the initiative, with its patner institutions, to train tomorrow's leaders in health research.
Mary Hanafin TD, Minister for Education and Science, said that it is most encouraging that so many medical graduates are interested in undertaking PhDs to deepen their knowledge of the science underlying medicine. ‘Increasing the number of people with PhDs and encouraging graduates to undertake PhDs in strategic areas such as health research, are vital for the next phase of our economic and social development’ Minister Hanafin said.