Certificate Program


9th Annual International Certificate Program

April 23 - 29, 2017 • Siracusa, Italy

Registration will be open from October 2016! Watch this page for details.

Click here to view the 2016 curriculum

Translational medicine encompasses the continuum from identifying an idea to its development into new therapies for human diseases. By enabling people to develop research through this continuum, we will move critical scientific insights into tangible benefits for patients. The Program is offered by the Eureka Institute for Translational Medicine.

Over an intensive 7-days, we will examine case studies, and help you develop creative problem solving strategies and novel skills to build new kinds of teams. You’ll also hone your ability to communicate effectively across broad audiences. The certificate program is tailored to individual needs, and is based on learner-centered discussions and mentoring by internationally recognized leaders. Skills garnered from this course will help individuals and team members to address the challenges facing drug development today, and bridge the divide between concept and patient.

Course Topics

  • Translational Creativity
  • The concept and components of Translational Medicine
  • Intellectual property protection and development
  • Funding (public versus private)
  • Publication
  • Regulatory issues
  • Research ethics
  • Data management and statistical strategies
  • Academia and industry partnerships
  • From mountains to molehills: transforming basic research into leads
  • Modeling diseases and therapies in experimental systems
  • Clinical trial design
  • Managing research groups
  • International issues
  • Animal models
  • Refined approach: from global diseases to individualized care

Overall Educational Objectives

    Participants will:
  • Analyze the business, scientific and regulatory aspects of Translational Medicine (TM)
  • Explore the challenges professionals encounter in TM
  • Develop critical thinking skills to approach the challenges in TM
  • Develop communication skills for presenting complex scientific ideas to a broad spectrum of people
  • Analyze effective manuscript preparation and begin to apply the concepts to their own work

2016 Faculty and Keynote Roster

  • Salvatore Albani, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore, Director of SingHealth Translational Immunology and Inflammation Centre, UCAN-A Chair
  • Wainwright Fishburn, J.D., Partner, Cooley LLP
  • Patricia Furlong, R.N., B.S., M.S., Founding President, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
  • Brian Goeltzenleuchter, MFA, Artist based in San Diego, USA 
  • Carol Gregorio, Ph.D., Luxford/Schoolcraft Professor and Head of Cellular and Molecular Medicine; Co-Director, Sarver Heart Center; Director, Molecular Cardiovascular Research Program, The University of Arizona
  • Gianfranco Grompone, Ph.D., Engineer, Head of Microbiota Unit and Scientific Officer at BIOASTER, France; Visiting Scientist at Institute Pasteur de Montevideo, Uruguay
  • David Hafler, M.D., Chief and Chair of Neurology, Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale School of Medicine
  • Janet Hafler, Ed.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Dean for Educational Scholarship, Yale School of Medicine
  • Paul Krieg, Ph.D., Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, The University of Arizona
  • John (Jack) Lewin, M.D., President and CEO Cardiovascular Research Foundation and Chairman, National Coalition on Health Care, Washington DC
  • Montfrans van Joris, Ph.D., Pediatrician-Immunologist University Medical Center Utrecht (Wilhelmina Children's Hospital), Department of Pediatric Immunology/Rheumatology
  • Patrick Maxwell, M.D., Regius Professor of Physic and Head of the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge
  • Andrew Marshall, Ph.D., Editor Chief, Nature Biotechnology
  • Kenneth A. Oye, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science and Institute for Data System and Society and Director of the Program on Emerging Techologies (PoET), Massachusetts Institute Technology
  • Berent Prakken, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Pediatric Immunology, University Medical Centre Utrecht; Chair Research and Education Division Pediatrics, Co-Chair, UCAN-U; Chair, EUTRAIN
  • Sergio Quezada, Ph.D., Professorial Research Fellow and Group Leader at UCL Cancer Institute and Head, Immune Regulation and Rumor Immunotherapy Laboratory
  • Maria Grazia Roncarolo, M.D., George D. Smith Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Division Chief, Pediatric Stem Cell Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine, Co-Director, Bass Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases, Co-Director, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine
  • Norm Rosenblum, M.D., Professor of Paediatrics, Canada Research Chair in Developmental Nephrology, and Associate Dean, Physician Scientist Training, University of Toronto
  • Vicki Seyfert-Margolis, Ph.D., CEO and Founder, My Own Med
  • Anna van Suchtelen, M.A, Visual artist
  • Paul-Peter Tak, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, Chief Immunology Officer and Senior Vice President R&D Pipeline, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Uri Tabori, M.D., Staff NeuroOncologist, Division of Haematology/Oncology, Associate Professor of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Senior Scientist, Research Institute and The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumor Research Centre, The Hospital for Sick Children 
  • Patrick J. Casey, PhD, Senior Vice Dean Research, Duke-NUS Medical School, James B. Duke Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University Medical Center
  • P.A.F.M. (Pieter) Doevendans MD PhD FESC, Head Department of Cardiology, Chairman and Medical Manager, Division Heart and Lungs, University Medical Center Utrecht
  • Nancy Sweitzer, MD, PhD, Director, Sarver Heart Center, Chief, Division of Cardiology, University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • Elaine Van der Put, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., Chief Strategy Officer, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Chief of Strategic Operations, University of Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute

How to Apply

Please submit online with the following* on or before February 1st, 2017:

  • CV (curriculum vitae)
  • Letter of support from your supervisor
  • A brief statement of your needs and expectations of the course

* Prerequisite that participant must commit to attend the full week course (including opening and closing dinner) and complete in advance the elearning requirement before course commences.

* All required documents must be received in order by the stipulated deadline to be considered for attendance.

Tuition*: € TBA (participants will bear all bank changes imposed) 

*The registration fee includes course materials, all lunches, breaks, and transportation from and to the Catania International Airport. Scholarships may be available. Please inquire.

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