PhD Course

Developmental Medicine and Health Planning Sciences

Thematic area Medical and Biomedical Sciences
Duration 3 years
Language Italian
PhD Programme Coordinator Gianni Bisogno

The program is organized by the Department of Women's and Children's Health. 

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The aim of the course is to create academic researchers, researchers with responsibility for research groups and biomedical laboratories, heads of clinical studies, epidemiologists and health planners who can be inserted into research groups that deal with health planning and programming.
The research programs that characterize this doctoral course are dedicated to the following areas:

  • Pediatric oncology: the mission of this area is to improve diagnostics and identify new mechanisms of tumourigenesis and new therapeutic targets; develop innovative strategies for pediatric cancer, through 3D and in vivo tumor modeling and gene therapy
  • Predictive Medicine: Metabolomics is a new research field that promises to contribute significantly to the characterization of various disease phenotypes and to the identification of personal metabolic characteristics that can predict response to therapies. The aim of this area is to develop metabolic fingerprints useful for distinguishing between different disease phenotypes and for predicting the efficacy and/or toxicity of a drug
  • Regenerative medicine: the main objective is the development of a series of in vitro and in vivo models to study the application of extracellular vesicles as a therapeutic tool in inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.
  • Genetic and rare diseases: the objective of this research area is the study of the biological basis of the genetically heterogeneous conditions of neurodevelopment, metabolic and mitochondrial diseases

The program also includes a specific program dedicated to health epidemiology and organization
The Program is supported by the presence of many research groups recognized as national and international leaders in their fields, fostering the possibility for the Ph.D. student to establish cross-border collaborations.

Students can find the Department's laboratories the right place to develop their research plans. The laboratories are located within the Pediatric Research Institute (IRP), a large facility (over 17,500 m2) equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and technologies and a stimulating environment where the Ph.D. students can learn from more experienced researchers and develop their own skills.
The Course also makes use of the presence in the same Department of the Divisions of Pediatric and Gynecological Surgery and Human Reproduction which have their own research area, including regenerative medicine, assisted reproduction medicine and prenatal diagnosis.




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