The Phd programme combines Europe’s top academic and clinical teams with industry to produce an unparalleled and multi-faceted European training programme for exploring PI3K family members and signalling pathways in physiology and disease. The general objective of Phd is to train young researchers to a high level of independent scientific thinking, mastering innovative technology applicable within and outside the PI3K field, and to gain relevant skills of the discovery process from bench to preclinical development.
ESRs will learn:

  • Concepts of the PI3K isoforms in development, health and disease towards therapeutic intervention
  • To transfer mouse model knowledge into human disease and personalized medicine
  • A broad variety of approaches and techniques; mouse models, ex vivo assays, and tissue culture systems, biochemistry, cell biology, imaging, generation of genetic tools, FACS, omics, bioinformatics, and drug development
  • Transferable skills e.g. scientific communication and writing, presentation skills for public speaking, intellectual property management, valorisation, ethical issues (including animal ethical issues that are very relevant for the research project), project management, gender issues, and entrepreneurship.

The Phd ITN training programme will be composed of:

a) Local Training:

  • Laboratory meetings and journal clubs
  • Taught courses on research techniques, experimental design, statistical and IT and data assessment, animal welfare course and course on ethics
  • Seminar organized by the host institutions

b) Network-wide Training:

  • Phd website Research achievements will be advertised and links to other relevant websites will be incorporated. Specific IT tools will be used in order to facilitate a quick and smooth access to the information (dropbox, we-transfer). Skype calls or Adobe Connect conferences will be organized between members of the same work-package to discuss progress and share data. Additionally, skype calls will be promoted/encouraged between ESR fellow(s)-ESR fellow(s) and ESR fellow-PI from a different lab to provide them with immediate training when needed.
  • Secondments: Each fellow will make at least two secondments in one of the other participants’ institutions
  • Workshops: Annual workshops will be organized simultaneously with the Annual Network meetings.
  • International Conferences.

c) Complementary skill training: i) PhD-project management, ii) Local courses on scientific English and scientific writing, iii) Workshops on outreach & communication and business development plan & venture capital, iv) Generating suggestions for potential groups to come out of the Phd network, v) Reviewing existing patents on PI3K-targeted therapies.