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Advanced Scientific Training

Reading and Understanding Scientific Literature (Journal Clubs): Interactive seminars during which MD and PhD students present and analyze articles from scientific journals of the lung field. This approach seeks to familiarize the students with retrieval, critical evaluation, and proper presentation of scientific literature. Attendance of at least 80% and active participation is required (attendance lists will be circulated).


Scientific Writing & Reviewing Seminars

  • Abstract Writing & Reviewing: This course is intended to help MD and PhD students to strengthen their skills in writing, reviewing, and editing scientific abstracts for both conference abstract submission and manuscript abstracts (instructions will be given in the course).
  • Paper Writing & Reviewing: This training seminar covers how to both write and review a paper. Students will work with instructors to generally understand the reviewing process and create awareness of the criteria reviewers are looking for.
  • Grant Writing & Reviewing: Students have the opportunity to participate in a grant writing exercise in order to develop the skills needed to prepare professional, competitive, and successful grant proposals. They have to pick a topic of their choice - related to their PhD projects and in agreement with their PI, e.g. additional experiments or a side project - and write a structured, concise, and clear grant application (instructions will be given in the course). The proposals will be reviewed (written reviews) by their peers. Afterwards, the students have to present and "sell" their ideas in form of an elevator pitch.


Training Schools: Training schools are offered at universities and institutions around the world and are a great opportunity to get intensive training on specific topics and techniques, listen to excellent talks about recent findings in the field, interact with world-leading experts, and bond with (international) peers during social activities.

Lab Exchanges: Students are encouraged to visit other laboratories, learn new techniques essential for their projects, gain new insights into related fields, and exchange ideas with international colleagues. Travel grants are offered by the HELENA office.