Conferences - Seminars

20NOV
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  12:15-13:15 Campus Biotech, H8 Auditorium D

I will show that continuous optogenetic stimulation of excitatory neurons in visual cortex results in strong gamma-band oscillations, and respective white-noise stimulation reveals gamma-band resonance. Correspondingly, visual stimulation with artificial or natural stimuli induces gamma-band synchronization. Gamma in visual area V4 entails gamma-rhythmic modulation of the gain of spike responses and of behavioral reaction times. ... Read more about "Rhythms for Cognition: Communication through Coherence"
By Prof Pascal Fries, Ernst Strüngmann Institute, Frankfurt, GE
21NOV
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The Projective Consciousness Model (PCM) (Rudrauf et al, 2017) is an attempt to unify psychology computationally, with the broadest possible explanatory power about a multiplicity of phenomena and behaviours, from perception, imagination, appraisal, emotion, social cognition, motivation, and action. The PCM advances previous formulations of active inference by featuring an explicit psychological and cybernetic model ... Read more about "BMI SEMINAR // The Projective Consciousness Model: Integrating perception, imagination, emotion and action in a global cybernetic framework"
By David Rudrauf, Laboratory of Multimodal Modelling of Emotion & Feeling ...
21NOV
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  17:00-19:00 STCC

La rencontre se tiendra le 21 novembre 2018 au Swiss Tech Convention Center en marge des journées d’information des gymnasiens. Le programme a été élaboré avec les enseignants des gymnases et propose une partie informative, une intervention scientifique ainsi que des workshops. Les personnes intéressées peuvent aussi profiter des présentations, activités proposées aux gymnasiens au ... Read more about "Rencontre 5 à 7 entre les enseignants en biologie et chimie des gymnases romands et de l’EPFL"
By divers
21NOV
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  17:15-18:45 UNIL - Bâtiment Amphimax - Salle 410

Comment l’échelle d’observation d’un phénomène peut-elle influencer la recherche? À quelles conditions est-il possible de passer d’une échelle à une autre? Ce passage, que l’on métaphorise souvent en termes de distance, est-il discontinu ou continu? Quel rôle joue l’instrumentation, la modélisation et les outils numériques dans ces divers niveaux d’analyse? Les mêmes questions se posent ... Read more about "CHANGEZ D’ÉCHELLE! - Cycle de conférences publiques"
By Aurélio Bay
22NOV
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  09:00-10:00 AI 1153

Pathological protein aggregates are a central hallmark of all neurodegenerative diseases. In the related disorders ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and FTD (frontotemporal dementia), the pathological aggregates consist mostly of the ubiquitous RNA-binding proteins TDP-43 or FUS. Both proteins are usually located in the nucleus, whereas in neurons and glial cells of ALS/FTD patients, they are ... Read more about "Special LMNN Seminar- RNA-binding proteins in neurodegeneration – from nuclear transport defects to aberrant phase transitions"
By Dorothee Dormann, BioMedizinisches Centrum (BMC) Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München - LMU, Germany
22NOV
  10:15 SV 1717

Abstract: Cells of terrestrial animals are constantly exposed to external forces including gravity. However, the complex 3D structure of the body and its organs form without being flattened. A century ago, the mathematical biologist D’Arcy Thompson predicted in ‘On Growth and Form’ that terrestrial animal body shapes are entirely conditioned by gravity, but the prediction ... Read more about "Mechanical force mediated 3D organogenesis withstanding gravity controlled by YAP"
By Makoto Furutani-Seiki, M.D.,Ph.D
Professor, Department of Systems ...
22NOV
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  11:00-12:30 INF 328

Electromagnetic simulations play a crucial role in the design of antennas, integrated circuits, and power grids. Unfortunately, the multiscale structure of many practical designs defies even the best method of moments (MoM) solvers. For example, while metasurface antennas have thousands of unit cells, existing simulators can barely handle a few cells. We present a new ... Read more about "EE SEMINAR: A macromodeling approach to accelerate multiscale EM simulations, with application to metasurface antennas, 3D ICs and power cables"
By Prof. Piero Triverio, University of Toronto
22NOV
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By Professor Sarah Fendt, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology, Leuven ...
23NOV
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  09:00-18:30

With the support of the Bertarelli Foundation, the EPFL Center for Neuroprosthetics is launching an Annual Research Symposium to involve the academic, industrial and clinical communities into interdisciplinary discussions on current and future trends in technologies and applications of neuroprosthetic research. The First Neuroprosthetics Annual Research Symposium will be held on November 23rd, 2018, at ... Read more about "Neuroprosthetics Annual Research Symposium"
By Keynote speakers: Josef Parvizi & Florian Solzbacher.
28NOV
  16:00 AI 1153

Most scientists are too busy doing research to think much about the language they actually use in their work. However, accompanying the rise of modern science since the 17th century has been an increasingly specialized use of language, with its own vocabulary, grammar, and structural organization. While this provides for clear and direct communication of ... Read more about "The Language of Science"
By Jeremy Garwood, Science and Society unit, University of Strasbourg, France
03DEC
04DEC
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  SV 1717

With this symposium, we aim to facilitate discussion between leading neuroscientists and roboticists interested in discovering algorithms for selecting and executing actions. The speakers will describe state-of-the-art studies investigating action selection, decision-making, motor control, cognition, active sensing, and multimodal integration in flies, rodents, models, and robots. Read more about "BMI Symposium // Controlling Behavior in Animals and Robots"
05DEC
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  12:15-13:15 SV 1717

Lesions of the hypothalamus severely impair motor and cognitive functions, indicating a critical role for hypothalamus in these processes. However, underlying circuits and neural dynamics are poorly understood. The hypothalamus contains several genetically-distinct classes of brain-wide projecting neurons, such are orexin and melanin-concentrating-hormone neurons, which co-release these neuropeptides with GABA or glutamate. We have been ... Read more about "BMI SEMINAR // Hypothalamic circuits for cognition and action"
By Denis Burdakov, Dept. Of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zürich ...
05DEC
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  14:00-15:00 BC 420

The quest for life beyond Earth has a profound impact on all people and civilisations, irrespective of their cultures or beliefs. For millennia, human beings have wondered “are we alone?”. The onset of exoplanet discoveries, which started 20 years ago, inspires hope that this question may be eventually answered. In this talk I will describe ... Read more about "The quest for habitable worlds and a look back at Earth"
By Brice-Olivier Demory
06DEC
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By Professor Pedro Romero, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, University of ...
10DEC
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  10:15-11:00 SV 1717

Institute of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture Abstract: The field of micro and nano robotics has made impressive strides over the past decade as researchers have created a variety of small devices capable of locomotion within liquid environments. Robust fabrication techniques have been developed, some devices have been functionalized for potential applications, and therapies are being ... Read more about "Soft Microrobotics and its Application in Medicine"
10DEC
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  12:15 SV 1717

DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (sandwiches served) Abstract: To be provided. Bio: After his PhD (1991) at Tirana University, in the topic of Ion-Selective-Electrodes (ISEs) designs and applications in clinical and environmental analysis, Dr. Merkoçi worked as postdoc at other European research centres and USA in the field of nanobiosensors and lab-on-a-chip technologies. His postdoc ... Read more about ""Nanomaterias-based biosensors for diagnostics applications""
By Prof. Arben Merkoci,Institut Català de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia (ICN2 ...
11DEC
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Condensation of DNA molecules results in the formation of chromosomes. In bacteria, the chromosome is a folded structure called nucleoid. The objectives of our laboratory are to reveal the principles of chromosome organization, characterize the molecular mechanisms involved, and analyze the coordination of chromosome segregation with progression of the cell cycle in different bacterial models. ... Read more about "Functional interplay between chromatin organizers and condensins for the control of chromosome conformation and segregation in bacteria"
By Frédéric Boccard, Institut de Biologie Intégrative de la Cellule, CNRS ...
12DEC
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  12:15-13:15 SV 1717

In associative fear learning, experimental subjects learn to associate a neutral sensory cue or context with an aversive stimulus and display fear responses to the cue or context that predicts danger. Recent studies have identified memory engram cells, a population of neurons that is activated by associative fear learning and whose reactivation results in fear ... Read more about "BMI Seminar // Synaptic encoding of associative fear memory in engram cell pathways"
By Jun-Hyeong Cho, Department of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, University ...
17DEC
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  12:15-13:15 SV 1717

Abstract : The life of any organism depends on the ability of cells to accurately recognize and eliminate harmful microbes. In order to detect the immense repertoire of pathogenic entities, the innate immune system of mammals has evolved a range of distinct sensing strategies. One major mechanism is based on the recognition of microbial DNA ... Read more about "Innate DNA sensing through the cGAS-STING system - Blurring the boundary between PAMP and DAMP"
By Dr Andrea Ablasser
17DEC
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  16:00-17:00 SV 1717

Protein conformational changes induced by external perturbations or internal cues can profoundly influence protein activity and thus modulate cellular physiology. Mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomic techniques are routinely used to measure changes in protein abundance, post-translational modification and protein interactors, but much less is known about alterations in protein structures. Prof. Paola Picotti will present a ... Read more about "In situ analyses of protein structural changes in health and disease"
By Professor Paola Picotti
18DEC
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  12:15-13:15 Campus Biotech, H8 Auditorium

Electroencephalography and surface electromyography are notoriously cumbersome technologies. A typical setup may involve bulky electrodes, dandling wires, and a large amplifier unit. The wide adaptation of these technologies in numerous applications has been accordingly fairly limited. Thanks to the availability of printed electronics technologies, it is now possible to dramatically simplify these techniques. Elegant electrode ... Read more about "Printed EEG and EMG electronic-tattoos for neurological applications"
By Prof Yael Hanein, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, IS

Cultural events

11DEC
14DEC
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  18:30-20:00 CE 1 515

L'OChE vous offre ses traditionnels concerts de fin de semestre, en vous emmenant cette édition vers les souvenirs de Noël de votre enfance, animés par les extraits de Casse Noisette ou le thème de la belle Odette et de son Prince charmant, avant que La douce Pavane pour une Infante Defunte de Maurice Ravel suspendra ... Read more about "Concert de l'OChE"

Thesis defenses

23NOV
  17:30 CO 2

Thesis directors : Prof. C. Petersen , Prof. R. Gruetter Neuroscience doctoral program. Thesis 9012 Read more about "Optical sensory and motor mapping of mouse dorsal cortex"
By Matthieu Pierre AUFFRET
10DEC
By Jan Paul DUDZIC
14DEC
By Vincent TRACHSEL

Inaugural lectures - Honorary Lecture

06DEC
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  17:15-18:15 SV 1717

INAUGURAL LECTURE Abstract: The cells that make up our body communicate with their environment through nanoscopic objects called membrane proteins. These proteins reside inside lipid cell membranes, the boundaries that separate the inside of the cell from its outside. Membranes transmit signals and transport molecules that regulate critical cell functions in and out of the ... Read more about "Inaugural lecture // Membrane Proteins: from Structure Prediction to Designing Novel Functions"

Miscellaneous

25SEP
18DEC
  18:30-21:00 PO 094.0

MoveOn, a commission of Agepoly, offer free disco-fox lessons. Disco-fox is a couple dance that is performed on current music, on what you can hear on the radio for example. The lessons take place in the Polydôme at EPFL on Tuesdays. 18h30 : Hustle (4-count disco-fox, recommended for complete beginners) 19h45 : Disco-fox, with choreography ... Read more about "MoveOn - Free dance lessons"
By Mike Bardet, Eva Lorendeaux
12NOV
30NOV
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Pendant trois semaines, toute la communauté EPFL est invitée à participer à Act for Change Food, un Challenge à relever en équipe pour expérimenter un mode de vie plus durable sur le campus! Act for Change Food ! L’objectif de cette édition consacrée à l’alimentation est d’amener la communauté EPFL à prendre conscience des impacts ... Read more about "Act for Change Food"
21NOV
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  18:00-20:30 Hall ELA1

PolyDoc organize its monthly aperos for PhD student, come and bring your friends along. For this edition, the Consulting Society at EPFL will be coming to present their activities potentially relevant for you! Looking forward to see you there in numbers Read more about "PolyDoc Apero"

Internal trainings

20NOV
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  18:15-21:00 Octanis Microverse

At Octanis, we develop pragmatic, open source and low cost solutions to practical problems. Currently, we are working on developing digital nestboxes for barn owls and a rover that takes measurements of the snow surface in Antarctica. We share experiences and tools, and make rapid incremental progress while embracing failure. Above all, we accept everyone ... Read more about "Maker-Night @ Octanis"
27NOV
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  18:15-21:00 Octanis Microverse

At Octanis, we develop pragmatic, open source and low cost solutions to practical problems. Currently, we are working on developing digital nestboxes for barn owls and a rover that takes measurements of the snow surface in Antarctica. We share experiences and tools, and make rapid incremental progress while embracing failure. Above all, we accept everyone ... Read more about "Maker-Night @ Octanis"
29NOV
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  13:30-15:30 CH G1 495

Objectives of the course - At the end of the training, participant will be able to explain laser hazards and risks. - Participant will have basic knowledge on US and European laser safety regulation and laser classes. - Participant will understand general technical, organizational and personal control measures applicable to laser risk. - Participant will ... Read more about "LASER HAZARDS - Complementary training"
By Amela Groso
04DEC
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  13:00-17:00 BS190

This 4 hours course is compulsory for all the collaborators, visitors or master students at EPFL accessing a P2 or P3 laboratory. Content: Risk assessment – Functioning of the various Biosafety cabinets – donning and doffing equipment – Treating a biological spill – Inactivation and disinfection - Waste Registrations : formations.dsps@epfl.ch Read more about "FOBS 3 – BIOLOGICAL RISKS « Working in a P2 & P3 environment »"
By Camille Freyssenet
04DEC
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  18:15-21:00 Octanis Microverse

At Octanis, we develop pragmatic, open source and low cost solutions to practical problems. Currently, we are working on developing digital nestboxes for barn owls and a rover that takes measurements of the snow surface in Antarctica. We share experiences and tools, and make rapid incremental progress while embracing failure. Above all, we accept everyone ... Read more about "Maker-Night @ Octanis"
05DEC
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  09:30-12:00 RLC A1 230

Working in groups with collaborative writing platforms will save you a lot of time ! Do you use LaTeX? Do you want to be able to work offline ? Do you want to save your work at different stages ? At the end of the workshop, you will be able to : To choose the ... Read more about "Collaborative writing platforms"
By EPFL Library teaching team
06DEC
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  09:30-11:30 RLC A1 230

This workshop is for people who want to start using Zotero, a free tool that enables to collect, organize and share bibliographic references. Zotero spares its users from spending troublesome hours on the creation of a bibliography. Very useful for anyone who writes reports or theses, Zotero will be useful all along the curriculum and ... Read more about "Up to speed with Zotero"
By EPFL Library teaching team
11DEC
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  09:15-16:30 CO 120

In this workshop, participants will apply vocal techniques to help them speak audibly, show authority through body posture, occupy space and breathe comfortably to deal with stress. Read more about "Using vocal techniques to teach effectively"
By Mandira Halder
11DEC
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  18:15-21:00 Octanis Microverse

At Octanis, we develop pragmatic, open source and low cost solutions to practical problems. Currently, we are working on developing digital nestboxes for barn owls and a rover that takes measurements of the snow surface in Antarctica. We share experiences and tools, and make rapid incremental progress while embracing failure. Above all, we accept everyone ... Read more about "Maker-Night @ Octanis"

Call for proposal

28NOV
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Aim: JDRF is committed to advancing the effectiveness and usability of artificial pancreas (AP) systems to treat type 1 diabetes (T1D). One focus area addressing both of these objectives is to improve the AP algorithm, which doses insulin autonomously based—mostly—on readings from a continuous glucose monitor and records of previously delivered insulin. JDRF challenges applicants ... Read more about "[ JDRF - Identification of Areas of Artificial Pancreas Algorithm Enhancements Through Bid-Data Analysis | Research funding ]"
29NOV
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To improve the prevention and treatment of infectious disease, and to promote the appropriate and effective use of antimicrobial agents, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) awards research grants and doctoral fellowships worldwide in the following areas of interest, as well as grants for short-term visits to the UK to institutions and individuals. RESEARCH ... Read more about "[British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy | Research Funding]"
01DEC
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The Tom Wahlig Foundation supports research projects on hereditary spastic paraplegias. Topics to be covered may be clinical, genetic or functional in nature. The primary focus does not have to be HSP, but a conceptual connection to the disease should be evident. Projects may represent self-contained small studies, or be intended to generate preliminary data ... Read more about "[ The Tom Wahlig Foundation - Funding for research on hereditary spastic paraplegias | Research funding]"
01DEC
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Aim: MDA Venture Philanthropy (MVP) is the Muscular Dystrophy Association's drug development program, which operates within MDA's Translational Research program. MVP is exclusively focused on funding the discovery and clinical application of treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases. Adapting elements of the venture capital model, the MVP business plan is characterized by an emphasis on ... Read more about "[ MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION - MDA Venture Philanthropy | Research funding ]"
03DEC
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Aim: The National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR) programme seeks to promote innovative, top-tier research initiatives with a long-term perspective. NCCR research projects must be of national significance and promote the sustainable development of competence centres and structural capacities at higher education institutions. To this end, NCCR leaders, in collaboration with their Home Institutions ... Read more about "[FIFTH NCCR CALL – DEADLINE FOR FULL PROPOSALS]"
03DEC
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Aim: The Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer is announcing funds for approximately two Scientific Scholar awards to be allocated based on scientific merit. Two-year grants at $120,000 each, Scientific Scholar Awards are intended to assist promising laboratory and clinical scientists in pursuing a career as an independent investigator in ovarian cancer research. Duration: 2 years ... Read more about "[ RIVKIN CENTER FOR OVARIAN CANCER - Scientific Scholar Awards | Research funding ]"
03DEC
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Aim: The Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer is announcing funds for approximately twelve Pilot Study Program awards to be allocated based on scientific merit. One-year awards at $75,000 each, Pilot Study Program awards will support investigator-initiated projects in all areas of ovarian cancer research. In addition, projects designed to analyze data from already funded clinical ... Read more about "[ RIVKIN CENTER FOR OVARIAN CANCER - Pilot Study Awards | Research funding ]"
03DEC
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Aim: Discovery Research Grants are awarded to independent, established investigators to accelerate progress toward understanding and treating neuromuscular disease. Discovery research includes the search for understanding the causes of disease, unraveling pathways involved in disease, identifying novel drug targets, and testing new strategies to treat disease. The goal for discovery research is to form a ... Read more about "[ MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION - Discovery Research Grants | Research funding ]"
03DEC
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Aim: MDA Development Grants are awarded to senior postdoctoral researchers on the brink of becoming independent investigators and are intended as seed money to help launch the scientific programs of promising new neuromuscular disease researchers. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit hypothesis-driven applications on innovative research. Applications should directly relate to a disease in MDA’s ... Read more about "[ Muscular Dystrophy Association - Development Grants | Research funding ]"
10DEC
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Aim: BRIDGE is a joint programme conducted by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI). It offers new funding opportunities at the intersection of basic research and science-based innovation, thereby supplementing the funding activities of the two organisations. Bridge Proof of Concept projects support young researchers (see eligibility ... Read more about "[BRIDGE I RESEARCH FUNDING]"
14DEC
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Aim: The Epilepsy Therapy Project, an initiative of the Epilepsy Foundation, is inviting entries that represent the most innovative new ideas in epilepsy treatment and care for its eighth annual Shark Tank Competition. This award will support support the development and commercialization of an important new product, technology, or therapeutic concept to help people with ... Read more about "[ EPILEPSY FOUNDATION - 2019 Shark Tank Competition | Research funding ]"
15DEC
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The SAMS and the Swiss National Science Foundation, with the support of private foundations and in collaboration with the Swiss School of Public Health, award each year a limited number of competitive MD-PhD scholarships. MD-PhD scholarships enable young physicians to complete a doctoral research training in natural sciences, public health sciences, clinical research or biomedical ... Read more about "[ SAMS - National MD-PhD Program | Research Funding]"
18DEC
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The European Hematology Association (EHA) fosters basic, translational and clinical research in hematology in Europe by supporting postdoctoral researchers in advancing their career (e.g. towards becoming the leader of a research group). EHA offers 3 types of grants: 1. Physician Scientist Research Grant Who can apply: Physician scientists (MD or equivalent) within 4 years after ... Read more about "[ European Hematology Association (EHA) | Research funding ]"