Clinical & Translational Research Scholars Programme
About the Programme
In July 2010, the successful Molecular Medicine Ireland bid, led by NUI Galway with partners Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and University College Dublin, secured funding for a collaborative structured PhD ‘MMI Clinical & Translational Research Scholars Programme' under Cycle 5 of PRTLI. Further information here
The MMI Clinical & Translational Research Scholars Programme (CTRSP) is a unique cross-institutional programme which will develop graduates with knowledge and skills to pursue disease-focused research and bridge gaps between basic scientists, clinical scientists and industry.
A second cohort of five MMI Scholars commenced their studies in October 2011.
Year 1 of this 4-year structured PhD programme comprises taught modules and placements in industry, in academic research labs and in clinical research facilities. Scholars then select PhD projects in areas including drug discovery, discovery/validation of biomarkers and patient-oriented research in clinical research facilities. Further information here
This programme is developed with and includes significant involvement of industry and the Irish Medicines Board.
A CTRSP overview handout is available to download here
• A structured 4-year programme that combines advanced training through laboratory rotations, experience in clinical research facilities, taught modules and industry placements, with a 3-year PhD research project
• A wide coice of research projects with internationally renowned investigators
• An innovative structured curriculum with taught modules in both discipline-specific and transferable skills
• Placements in academic research groups, in industry and in clinical research facilities
• Industry-based external mentors advising on transferable skills and career development.
• Innovative online learning platform and academic industry collaborations in e-learning
• Annual Scientific Meetings
Structure of the CTRSP
Year 1 of the 4-year programme comprises core and optional graduate education modules delivered in Dublin, Cork and Galway. These modules provide a grounding in essential research skills and transferable skills together with access to specialist topics. Year 1 also features practical placements in industry, in academic research labs and in clinical research facilities.
Towards the end of the first year, MMI Clinical & Translational Research Scholars will select their PhD projects in areas including drug discovery, discovery/validation of biomarkers and patient-oriented research in clinical research facilities.
In Years 2 and 3, work on PhD research projects is supplemented with access to online graduate education modules with a strong innovation and commercialisation focus. Annual Scientific Meetings provide a forum for scholars to interact further and present their research.
Information relating to the MMI Clinical & Translational Research Scholars Programme is available to print in the MMI CTRSP student prospectus (pdf).
The MMI Clinical & Translational Research Scholars Programme is funded under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI) Cycle 5, and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).