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Call for application,

University of Split announces public call for University postgraduate doctoral study program “EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE”

To find out more about this opportunity click here.

Application deadline: 30.06.2018.

For further information you can contact Office for Science, Postgraduate Studies and Continuing Medical Education

Head: Marita Maričić Mimica, Prof. (marita.maricic.mimica@mefst.hr)

Professional Training in the field of Translational Medicine for Early Career Researchers, provided by C-COMEND

We are pleased to announce the Professional Training in the field of Translational Medicine for Early Career Researchers, provided by C-COMEND.

C-COMEND is a two-year European training project developed by the consortium of institutions from Germany, Sweden, Austria and Netherlands, and supported by the Erasmus+ programme
We are sure that the idea of organizing Courses on Translational Medicine is of great importance, mainly for Young Researches tending for best practices in research, education and innovations for further medicine development.
Detailed information is in the attached flyer and available online at: http://www.eatris.eu/c-comend.html

Experimental Biology 2016, San Diego, USA. April 2nd-6th

US ORPHEUS ambassador Joey Barnett arranged a workshop entitled ‘ORPHEUS – DEVELOPING BEST PRACTICES FOR GRADUATE ED IN EUROPE’ during which he and ORPHEUS President Bob Harris gave lectures about graduate training programmes in the US and Europe, respectively. 

The workshop was a great success and was an important occasion to spread the ORPHEUS philosophy of Best Practices in Doctoral Education.

Joey also arranged for Bob to meet with a range of senior executives in the FASEB and ASPET organisations, as well as the head and other representatives of NIGMS at NIH, Washington.

21st-22nd November 2013, The 10th International Medical Postgraduate Conference in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

Charles University in Hradec Kralove on November 21 -22, 2013 organised The 10th International Medical Postgraduate Conference. ORPHEUS President Zdravko Lackovic was a member of the jury in this unique contest of PhD Candidates. Detailed information can be found on conference web site:


Message by Dean Professor Miroslav Cervinka:


Dear friends and colleagues,

I would like to welcome you to the 10th International Medical Postgraduate Conference in Hradec Králové. The conference has been progressing well since its inception, and over the years it has turned into a real international meeting. We are proud to welcome participants not only from the Czech and Slovak Republics, but also from Austria, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United Kingdom. I personally believe that the position of this conference is well established and it is a standard part of our activities.

The first obvious reason for this conference is the opportunity to compare achieved results, to present one’s own data and learn from others. Nevertheless, we consider this particular meeting of postgraduate students in biomedicine also very important for the international harmonization of PhD studies in the European area. This harmonization is currently one of the most important goals of several international organisations, with ORPHEUS (Organisation for PhD Education in Biomedicine Health Sciences in the European System) being one of the dominant players in this area. We are proud to be an active partner in this endower.

Another important reason for organizing this meeting is the opportunity for direct personal contacts. Nowadays, the electronic world is overloaded with information. You can find all the latest news, the latest publications, hypotheses and scientific results at various websites. However, this also means that an essential human quality of scientific communication is disappearing. Actually, each piece of information is more valuable if it is accompanied by a personal point of view, a direct contact or a personal acquaintance. Personal contacts open the world not only to electronic data but also to direct statements, open discussions and publications filled with personal experience.

Dear participants, take advantage of this occasion not only to learn the news in other medical fields but also to think about the bits of knowledge in other medical areas which can be valuable for you and your postgraduate work. Though there is only “one medicine,” the mutual overlapping of its disciplines can result in great benefits for all.

Those of you evaluated as the best by an expert panel of judges will receive a financial award, yet this should be considered secondary. I am convinced that the idea of our meeting is similar to the idea behind the Olympic Games – winning is not the most important thing. Taking part, learning scientific news, and above all meeting new colleagues and friends is of the utmost importance. If we succeed in this, the conference has fulfilled its purpose.

I wish you all the best!

Prof. Miroslav Červinka, M.D., PhD.

Dean, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové

Charles University in Prague 

Gothenburg EUA workshop and focus group discussion 19th of March 2015 on teaching research ethics in doctoral education

Gothenburg EUA workshop and focus group discussion 19th of March 2015 on teaching research ethics in doctoral education

Ana Borovečki

On the 19th of March 2015 EUA decided to hold workshop and focus group discussion on teaching research ethics in doctoral education at University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

Swedish lecturers were Professor Claudia Falke from Gothenburg University , Professor Steffan Eden, member of Central Board of Ethics in Stockholm and Thomas Jurgenson from EUA.

Thomas Jurgenson pointed out that EUA has no expertise in ethics so far so they decided to organize this workshop and focus group discussion. He pointed out that nowadays big money is involved in research and that universities are under scrutiny where performance, innovation and research conduct are of importance. Data protection is also these days focus of discussions. EUA is currently lobbying for changes in the new EU directive on data protection in order to prevent changes that could hamper research efforts in the future. International collaboration can also present problems especially when it comes to informed consent, respect for individuals, and understanding of plagiarism, co-authorship and citation. There is also performance pressure-temptation to go for smaller publishable unit. However, little incentive for replication, leads to less credible results.

The participants in the focus groups had to answer the following questions: Is research ethics part of good research practice and vice versa? Who is drafting ethics guidelines and codes at your institution? How is research ethics regulated at your institution? How does your institution ensure that doctoral graduates are able to do research in an ethically responsible way (and does it work?)

The institutions that participated in the discussions were: University of Zagreb, School of Medicine (Croatia), ORPHEUS, University of Vienna (Austria), Open University of Catalonia (Spain,) University of Liege (Belgium), University of Aalto (Finland), University of Barcelona ( Spain), University of Iasi (Romania), Conference of Western Swiss Universities, University of Basel (Switzerland), University of Gent (Belgium), Wageningen University (the Netherlands), Humboldt University (Germany),University of Gothenburg ( Sweden), Uppsala University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden) and Anglia Ruskin University, (UK).

After focus groups discussions participants were divided into groups which had to give answers to different questions.

Here are the questions and participants answers:

What does the new generation need to know?

-Basics ( plagiarism, fabrication falsification etc.); coping with new technologies and using it in research, self-plagiarism; why training is important in ethics of research; recognize, reflect, navigate grey areas; many tensions and interests threatening integrity ( pressure on science, sponsor interests); changing conceptions of private, vulnerability of “truth” ;,interpreting regulations; where to find help and support; getting way from qualitative to quantitative research paradigms ; why ethics is fundamental to research and part of transferable skills ; they need to know about accountability of their research; getting reliable support , knowledge of self-consciousness and communicational skills; awareness of stakeholders of what you are doing

How should they prove it?

-Show ethics wariness; have critical mind; not taking routine practices for granted; debating the issues; discussing things with colleagues and supervisors; reflect on the issues of ethics in their thesis; be aware of authorship issues; be able to apply things that they have learnt about ethics in research in everyday practice; feeling confident; writing ethical guidelines

Who has the responsibility that research conducted by doctoral candidates is done ethically?

-The candidate, supervisors, supervising committee, head of department, faculty, university leaders, ministry of science and education , reviewers of manuscripts, scientific community, society, practitioners, researcher, good teachers, legal experts

What institutional structures are needed to ensure research ethics in doctoral education?

-for mandatory ethics training for PhD students and supervisors; for creating and open-minded and critical environment and ombudsman or ad –hoc body or standing committee to address ethics issues; for having clear procedures, for institution of ethics ambassadors (senior managers and researchers); they need to be connection between inter- institutional procedures, regional level and national level procedures and guidelines; for sharing the importance of ethics training in an attractive way

The outcomes of the workshop will be further discussed at EUA conferences in Munich.

5th-7th June, 4th European MD/PhD Conference 2015, Groningen

4th European MD/PhD Conference 2015, will be held in Groningen from 5 to 7 June.
This is a conference for all European PhD candidates who are doing their PhD before, during or shortly after their MD.

We are proud to announce two of our keynote speakers: Prof. Martin Chalfie, who won the Nobel Prize in 2008 for his revolutionising discovery of the Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) and Prof. Howard Bauchner, the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), who will tell us about the ins and outs of publishing from his own perspective as a renowned editor. Please see the flyer below for more information or visit our website: www.eumdphd.com.

International Contacts Committee of the 4th European MD/PhD Conference 2015

Address for correspondence: University Medical Center Groningen
Room 134 | Building 3219 | HPC FC40 | Postbus 196 | 9700 AD Groningen | The Netherlands

E-mail: eumdphd@umcg.nl
Tel: +31 6 46345513