The Launch Event for the Experimental Medicine Training Initiative (EMI) took place at Homerton College, University of Cambridge on Wednesday 18th May, 2016. This training scheme, which has been in planning for over 2 years, is intended to bridge the translational gap between basic research and the clinic. Not only does it aim to produce experts in early phase clinical trials, but it will also provide a training/career infrastructure for clinicians who are interested in experimental research and working together with industry partners to meet mutual goals.
The event was jointly organised by Dr Mellone Marchong from the Office for Translational Research (OTR) and Elizabeth McIntyre from the Graduate and Clinical Academic Training (GCAT). The day consisted of a mixture of EMI Vision talks, Industry and University of Cambridge Science collaboration talks and Student project talks. The day was also an opportunity for researchers from Cambridge, AstraZeneca, MedImmune and GSK to meet and discuss projects and collaborative ideas. We hope that with this type of networking and other ‘dating events’ planned for the future, we’ll continue to provide a list of innovative projects for the scheme.
Within the Office for Translational Research, one of our goals, is to build our Industry Partnership. In doing so, we envisage a growing party of Industry partners within the EMI.
The event ended with a dinner for the EMI steering committee, students, student supervisors and speakers as a thank you.
Note: Academic researchers who are interested in this scheme should keep an eye on our website (www.otr.medschl.cam.ac.uk) for Calls for Expressions of Interest or contact Dr Mellone Marchong (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.