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  • Testimonial van Anna Vidina, student

    'I always seek to apply the science'

    She has two more interviews with Principal Investigators of the University Medical Center Groningen as part of her study programme International Master in Innovative Medicine, or IMIM. Then Anna Vidina (22) will have to decide on a lab where to carry out her internship. ‘There are so many great researchers, that it’s hard to choose.’

    The main topic of this two-year international master of excellence is the translational science. Students gain a full perspective on the medical sciences and their clinical applications. ‘From Bench to Bedside and Back, as it’s called,’ Anna explains. ‘It is quite application-oriented, which I love because it will enable me to apply fundamental knowledge directly in the clinic or industry.’

    Groningen - Uppsala
    Graduates of IMIM receive their degree from the Top-100 EU universities of Groningen, Heidelberg and Uppsala. ‘The international aspect was important to me,’ the Latvian student says. ‘It gives me the opportunity to attend the programmes at at least two of these universities. After Groningen I will finish the master’s track in Uppsala University.’

    Computed tests versus cell experiments
    This first semester was all about coursework and research methods. Next up: the internship. Will it be at a so called wet-lab or rather at a computational biology lab? ‘To find out, I arranged interviews with professors performing research in gene engineering and computational genetics fields. Why bioinformatics and statistics? Data analysis is certainly intriguing. By knowing the molecular interactions and kinetics within a cell, you can set up a computed test. And that means faster results compared to working in the wet-lab, an immense decrease in workload for future researchers and hopefully new breakthroughs on medicine and health practices.’

    Spring and summer
    ‘As a student of IMIM, you have to be pro-active. You have all the possible resources, but it has to come from you to make it work,’ according to Anna. So, to become this leading translational biomedical researcher which the programme promises, all IMIM students additionally participate in five-day Spring and Summer Schools at the partner universities. Anna: ‘These training weeks are designed to develop both personal and business skills. I am especially curious about how entrepreneurship and the industrial perspective on medicine and research have been taken in.’

    Anna’s advice for future IMIM-students:
    ‘Don’t let the admission requirements, application procedure and the fact that you will live in a new country scare you off. I talked about this with my fellow IMIM students, they too were somewhat intimidated to apply. But as it turned out, we were all fit for this. And so can you!’

    – Anna Vidina, student
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