Sharing experiences in translational medicine

At the closing event of the Special Programme University Medicine, medical doctors met at the SNSF and drew up recommendations for policy-makers.

For eight years, young medical doctors explored how the latest insights obtained in basic research on neurological and cardiovascular diseases could be implemented in clinical practice. To mark the completion of the Special Programme University Medicine (SPUM), around 130 participants shared their experiences during the closing event at the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) in Bern on 25 May 2016.

SPUM was launched in 2008 to train young clinicians in translational research. More than 90 candidates worked in 10 multicentric and multidisciplinary projects run by experienced scientists. The consortia received SNSF support of CHF 42.7 million in total.

The participants of the closing event presented their research results and, in workshops, drew up recommendations for policy-makers, higher education institutions and university hospitals on how translational clinical research might best be supported in the future. The results will be published at the end of 2016.