Research during the Medical Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation programme
The educational programme has six tracks, which are associated with the research institutes of the UMCG. Each track covers the entire spectrum of the research process. At the end of the programme, students write their own grant proposal and the most successful proposals will be awarded funding to conduct their PhD research.
The six tracks are:.
- Medical Neurosciences and neurological diseases
- Infection and immunity
- Medical nutrition and metabolic diseases
- Medical system biology and bioinformatics
- Drug innovation
Here's what our students say about their research projects during the MPDI programme:
Lisette van Os (21)
- ‘I chose somewhat of my own path within the master programme. While completing the bachelor Life science & technology I got intrigued by regenerative medicine, which deals with the self-healing of organs and cells. Ultimately, this led me to want to research the role that cells and the extracellular matrix play in the lung disease Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF.'
Wellington Candido (28)
- ‘I am focussing my research on kidney transplantations and the way we can decrease the damage that occurs when the kidney is outside of the body. That can run up to hours since donor organs can come from any one of the other European countries. As it is on its way to the receiving patient, the kidney starts to deteriorate. What is going on in that time in the cells?’
Jolanda Smit, programme director
- With the six different tracks, students are given freedom to focus on the fields of their interest. Each track will be presented at the beginning of the programme and students can decide if they want to participate in a track or follow a general programme. Students are assigned a mentor who helps them with decision making. Before students enter their first research project, they are asked to arrange a personal interview with three UMCG/GRIP professors of their choice. ‘That is where your motivation and independent decision making comes in again. You have to argue –via an oral presentation- which of the three laboratories suits your research ambitions the best.’