Translational Medicine: Doing the Right Research Right

Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
Advanced Master
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This EUREKA - UMCU Summer School tackles the intrinsic difficulties of effective translational medicine in rare and orphan diseases and is meant for early stage researchers with an interest in this field. With this Summer School course, you will not only obtain insight in how science really works, but more importantly, you will acquire knowledge on how to be a successful translational researcher yourself. This course is specifically not about learning how to ‘play the game’, but about understanding that there is a game going on, what the rules are and to be able to transcend it.

You will be informed about the latest developments in translational medicine, inspired by rare diseases, and you will develop professional skills that are essential to becoming a translational researcher. Translational medicine, the process of translating ideas from bench to bedside, is failing. To solve this colossal problem at the heart of biomedical science it is necessary to train and educate a new generation of translational scientists who understand how the science system works and who are equipped with the right skills and competences for doing the right research right. Using real-life examples from the field of orphan and pediatric diseases we will help aspiring translational scientists to develop complementary and leadership skills needed to successfully navigate the complex field of translational medicine.

This course takes up that challenge and provides aspiring translational scientists with insights, tools and competences to navigate the difficult track from bench to bedside. Crucial is obtaining a systemic perspective on science, complemented with skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and communication. The program includes personal mentoring and advice. The course empowers participants to become successful translational scientists, especially in the fields of rare and paediatric diseases.


“I was inspired by the energy and commitment shown by the participants to change the current paradigm in research into a better and translational kind of way” – Yogi Prawira - Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital - Jakarta

“A course that changes your life, not only professionally but also on personal basis!” – Sabine van der Laan - UU & Apollo Society

“Inspirational, innovative, interactive. Actually the best course that I’ve ever attended. Met some of the best and exciting minds in the business – and that’s not counting the students!” - Rosie Davies - University College London

“It has been an incredible for learning and self-growth. I pledge to be more stringent when I do research and inspire others to do the same” – Ayesh Senerivatne - University of Toronto & Apollo Society

“This has been a wonderful opportunity to meet passionate and motivated young researchers and inspirational mentors / leaders in translational medicine” – Rosie Gilbert - University College London

“For anybody who wants to become a translational researcher, the first and critical step to become one is to participate in this course. Thank you so much for the amazing and inspiring week” - Janneke Peeters - UMC Utrecht

“This course has challenged my understanding of true translational research. I’m honored to carry the torch to Miami and promote translational medicine and the Apollo program to my peers.” – Michelle Trojanowsky - University of Miami

Course director

Prof. dr. Berent Prakken

Target audience

Late Master, PhD students, early Post-docs and Fellows.

Course aim

Empowerment of aspiring clinical/translational scientists through: 1. Scientific literacy: understanding how science works 2. Understanding the translational pathway 3. Improving complementary and leadership skills

Study load

46 plus 10 hours e-learning (before the face-to-face course)


Course fee:
Course + course materials + lunch
Housing fee:

Housing through: Utrecht Summer School.

Housing is guaranteed once the invoice has been paid. It will most likely be on campus, but could in rare cases also be in the city centre.


A limited number of scholarships is available for students who are from an institution that is part of the network of the Eureka Institute ( and/or students who take part in the Apollo Network (


Please note this course is held from Sunday approx. 10:30 am - Friday around 5:30 pm. On Thursday evening there is a conference dinner, which is an essential part of the course. Please be sure to carefully read the Pre Departure Information document you receive from Utrecht Summer School central office once your application has been accepted, for it contains a lot of useful information! Please also consult this document before making travel arrangements.

For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • Motivation Letter
  • Reference Letter
  • C.V.

More information

Rinze Benedictus | E: | T: +31 88 75 587 68 | for questions regarding the content of the course.

Erica Roks | E: | T: +31 88 75 53316 | University Medical Centre Utrecht, PA to Prof. Dr. Berent Prakken | for administrative and logistic questions. 


Application deadline: 01 May 2020