We have established TRR267 in the strong belief that it is the young generation of researchers which deserves most support at all levels to advance our area of research. In this commitment, all TRR267 members live up to the spirit of collaboration, which shows in intense training and knowledge exchange among students and scientists.
Bachelor and master students
Students at the undergraduate and graduate level benefit from lecture series on cardiovascular medicine, jointly held by TRR267 member labs at the TUM, LMU, GUF and MHH. Lab internships (4-6 weeks), bachelor ́s or master ́s theses are offered with a 1:1 supervision by experts, in projects tailored to the level of education and the time of the lab stay. Each student who joins our member labs receives an optimal training in cutting-edge methods and equipment applied in CV research. Moreover, regularly scheduled seminars give students multiple opportunities to discuss their projects, results or the most recent developments in the field.
All participating institutions have established excellent graduate schools with Ph.D. programs in medicine and life sciences. Students who are active in projects of this TRR will be member of one of these graduate schools and thereby are eligible for trainings from experimental methods to scientific writing and presenting, as well as career planning.
Although we consider these established graduate programs an invaluable advantage, we also feel the need for a tailored, lean program that complements the existing structures and unifies the early career investigators at the different sites. This program will include specific workshops, lecture series and an annual summer/winter school. At the laboratory level, Ph.D. students and postdocs will additionally be offered lab visits to learn specific techniques and exchange knowledge.
Postdocs and beyond
All senior PIs in TRR 267 commit themselves to provide the best possible support to young researchers at their career step into scientific independence. It is planned to promote successful postdocs (who work as co-principle investigators in TRR 267) to group leaders with the beginning of the second funding period. Likewise, successful young group leaders in the TRR 267 will receive a solid perspective for a future academic career, including tenure track or faculty positions.
Postdoctoral fellows will also benefit from trainings in leadership, project and career management, third party fundraising on an individual basis.
Access of physicians to research in TRR 267
We are convinced that clinical expertise is invaluable to a research consortium on CV disease. We therefore give young clinicians the opportunity to fully dedicate themselves to a basic research project. Approbated physicians are offered clinical rotation (called “Gerok position” in the DFG context), allowing them to temporarily leave clinical work for a scientific project as part of TRR 267.