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Clinical Research Fellows at MIMS

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The MIMS Clinical Research Fellows recruited 2013 together with "first generation CRF" (from the left): Sofia Nyström (Linköping), Fredrik Kahn (Lund), Anders Johansson (Umeå, recruited 2011), Peter Bergman (Stockholm), Arvid Edén (Gothenburg), Josef Järhult (Uppsala), Åsa Gylfe (Umeå)

In order to strengthen the clinical research and more closely incorporate preclinical and clinical research, MIMS decided in 2009 to initiate a program for Clinical Fellows. It has the intention to connect existing, mostly preclinical research projects closer to the clinic and offered resources corresponding to half-time research positions for two years (as a clinical assistant) for young clinicians. Thereby MIMS hopes to strengthen clinical research in infectious diseases and to recruit physicians who can contribute to a fruitful translational interaction between clinicians and MIMS research programs.

The first advertisement for the MIMS Clinical Research Fellows Program was at the end of 2009. It was advertised nationally, e.g., in Läkartidningen. The advertisement included the following information: “The intention is to strengthen clinical research in the field of infectious diseases and to recruit young doctors who can contribute to a fruitful translational collaboration between clinicians and UCMR. The positions are therefore intended for those doctors who are employed in healthcare and will enable research on half-time". Over time, this initiative has led to the employment of four clinicians.

In 2013, the Program for Clinical Research Fellows (CRF) is now reaching out on a national basis. With the help of our new created national advisory committee, we have recruited six clinicians as new clinical research fellows representing now all medical faculties at Swedish Universities. The advisory committee includes Kristian Riesbeck, Lund, Birgitta Henriques-Normark, Stockholm, Ann-Marie Svennerholm, Göteborg, Lennart Svensson, Linköping, and Björn Olsén, Uppsala. The deputy chairman of MIMS, Anders Sjöstedt, is coordinating the advisory committee.

The new recruited CRF were invited by MIMS and visited Umeå University on 27-28 May 2013 and introduced themselves in a Mini-Symposium to the MIMS members and the MIMS Executive Board. They met with the MIMS group leaders and Bernt Eric Uhlin and the management of MIMS, who informed the CRF about the scientific infrastructures and core facilities at MIMS and Chemical Biological Centre KBC, Umeå.

Bernt Eric Uhlin, director of MIMS
Maria Fällman, deputy-director of MIMS
Department of Molecular Biology

Emmanuelle Charpentier about MIMS (2015):
“A sense of high-level education and high-level research, a respect for excellent research, an understanding of support for basic research, for long—term training of PhD students and understanding that good research also comes with time, good working conditions, a sense of community joining forces and reduced administrative burden, respect for junior scientists.” 

Emmanuelle Charpentier on YouTube

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