During the PhD course, Curriculum in “Experimental Medicine”, topics concerning control of cellular growth and differentiation, regulation of gene expression, cellular and ultrastructural pathology, molecular pathology, viral oncology and immunovirology will be thoroughly covered.

Specific activities of the Curriculum in “Advanced techniques for the diagnosis and care of cardiovascular and lung diseases”are devoted to train researchers who will be able to operate successfully in both clinical and experimental cardiovascular and pulmonary area. This will be achieved by offering them knowledge and up-to-date tools useful to develop new methodologies, and diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in this rapidly developing filed.

The PhD program offers a selection of practical-theoretical courses based upon innovative diagnostic and therapeutic strategies from bench to bedside. To this purpose, multidisciplinary theoretical (lectures, seminars, lab meetings and journal club) and practical (tight interactions between research laboratory and clinic, stages, presentation and discussion of both experimental and clinical data) activity will be organized.

The multidisciplinary composition of the Faculty Board, with specific scientific and didactic expertises in different fields, suggest the translational characteristic of the program. Each PhD student will carry on a research project approved by the Faculty Board, under the constant supervision of a tutor: at the end of the project a thesis will be presented and defended. The research projects should reflect the translational aim of the PhD program and the multidisciplinary characteristic of the scientific aims; this will be achieved through: a) collegial discussion of the projects and scheduled scientific reports of the research activity; b) the involvement of groups of tutors of each Ph. D. student in each phase of the theoretical-practical courses. Attendance and data presentation to national and international scientific meeting will be encouraged, as well as the attendance to specific training courses and periods of scientific activity in qualified national or international research laboratories, in order to acquire novel methodologies and experiences in the specific field.

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