Rapidly evolving innovative in vitro technologies and in vivo models as well as increasingly complex clinical algorithms in the context of personalized medicine result in an urgent need to educate PhD and MD students together, under supervision of closely interacting basic and clinical researchers. The proposed RTG offers the unique possibility for an integrated qualification program that bridges the gap between bench and bedside by providing comprehensive expertise in internal medicine, visceral surgery, tumor pathology, cell biology, state-of-the-art screening technologies, animal models, pharmacy, immunology as well as proteomics. The scientific potential and clinical relevance of the central theme of this RTG, the molecular dissection of inflammatory circuits triggering early pancreatic carcinogenesis, will enable numerous successful scientific careers in both academia and industry for basic and applied PhD and MD scientists likewise.

Our interdisciplinary qualification concept will assure that: 1) MD students are able to conduct experimental research on a high level under continuous supervision; 2) MDs are trained in an interdisciplinary research environment fostering a future career as clinical scientist; and 3) the RTG creates a scientific network that fosters internationally competitive research bridging different disciplines in basic and translational research involving both PhD and MD scientists. The principles of the qualification concept of the proposed RTG and the involved institutions are depicted here:

The scientific qualification concept of the RTG relies on four columns:

I) student seminars including progress reports,

II) theoretical and interactive hands-on workshops and courses,

III) lectures with international experts in the fields of pancreatic research, oncology and immunology

IV) annual retreats and summer schools