A delegation of the LUMC visited the University of Edinburgh (UoE) from 9 till 11 November for multiple purposes, but for one thing in particular: to strengthen bonds. With just over a handful of colleagues, the LUMC traveled to Edinburgh to discuss current projects and future collaborations!
The week centered around the Eurolife network meetings, which were this time organized by the UoE. Colleagues from the Eurolife network, consisting of UoE, Semmelweis University, the University of Strasbourg, Karolinska Institutet, University Medical Center Gottingen, Medical University Innsbruck, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Barcelona, and the LUMC, discussed the collaboration strategy, current projects and other topics in the Education Alliance, Research and Steering Committee meetings. A multiplier event hosted by the network elaborated on the current two-year DATAETHICS project in which LUMC will host a winter school for students in Life Sciences & Health coming January for which you can sign up here! You can also read more about the DATAETHICS and the projects there.
UoE and LUMC have had successful collaborations throughout many years, for instance in student exchange and research projects. For the latter, the institutions for instance work on the One Health joint PhD programme, in which as many as eight different PhD projects have been introduced, supervised by both professors from UoE and LUMC and with students from both institutions. Students from the LUMC currently doing a semester in Edinburgh presented their experiences with great enthusiasm are excited to have been given the opportunity to study abroad during their studies.
These are just some snippets of the projects the two partners work on. The meetings proved fruitful to explore even more possibilities for collaboration and to assess how we can improve current activities. We thank the colleagues of UoE for the warm welcome and the lovely stay in Scotland!
In 2018, Prasanna Iyengar was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie – Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-IF) to implement a research project on bladder cancer at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) in The Netherlands. This two-year fellowship allowed Prasanna to pursue an independent line of research as a senior postdoc, thereby elucidating mechanisms of bladder cancer metastasis as well as further developing his career track.
Leiden2022 marks what the City of Leiden has achieved in science till date and how it wishes to move forward to contribute to challenges of various kinds. The LUMC is one of many organizations showcasing science in practice with interactive events for a variety of target groups. Like with all Leiden based companies, Leiden2022 offers the LUMC the opportunity to show its societal and academic value on an international stage, strengthening its international position, as well as explore possibilities for new international collaborations to contribute to global healthcare challenges even more comprehensively. The Global Impact in Health symposium on May 30th, 2022, part of the LSH week, aims to stimulate just that by bringing together healthcare experts from all over the world working on a broad range of important health(care) related research and projects. Here’s a few things you can expect.
LUMC Global has set out to stimulate international connections in (bio)medical research and education to contribute to global healthcare. Setting up several PhD projects has been one of the key elements in doing this and we’re very proud we’ve been able to set up as many as eight different PhD projects. We are now looking for a Global PhD candidate in Obstetrics in a collaborative projects with Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and UZ Leuven, Belgium.