Translational Training

Translational Medicine Courses

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta offers training courses on the principles of translational medicine, where graduate students gain knowledge on the process that translates a molecular discovery to the clinic and thus to the population. Graduate students are actively involved in the training program which is conducted in workshops, seminars and coursework. The courses are open to graduate students of the Helmholtz Diabetes Center during their 6 month mobility program at the Alberta Diabetes Institute in Canada.

Clinical Visits

Graduate students are invited to gain insights into diabetes research from a clinical perspective. Clinical visits foster the concept "from bench to bedside" and offer graduate students insight into the actual translation of diabetes research to the patient. Graduate students may join clinicians on rounds at the University of Alberta Hospital and at the Ambulance of Diabetes Patients Munich, respectively. Students will also spend one day in ADI´s Clinical Research Unit where they will be introduced to aspects of setting up and conducting clinical trials. Intensified insight is possible at the Heidelberg University Clinic together with Prof. Nawroth in a multiple day training program. Moreover, clinical visits may be integrated into internships in clinical research facilities. Graduate students of the International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes are expected to participate in a clinical visit at least once during their graduate studies.

Translational Medicine Seminar Series

This seminar series at HDC aims to give an overview on translational medicine starting from the disease towards the understanding of disease mechanisms, epidemiological evidence, identification of biomarkers and development of new therapies and drugs leading to clinical studies. It covers basic concepts in life science ranging from research ethics, good manufacturing practice, translation of knowledge from mice to men, data integration, and the transfer of research to the clinics and industry. Basis researchers, physician scientists and clinicians will introduce challenges and success stories of translational research. The 45 minute talk is followed by “Beer & Brezn” which provides a platform for active discussions and networking. The lecture series is part of the training program of HELENA and participation is mandatory 5 times.