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Periodic Report Summary 2 - IFP TRANSCURE (TransCure - International Fellowship Program on Translational Research)

The International Fellowship Program (IFP) is integrated into the research and education program of the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) TransCure, a joint effort of 18 academic research groups located in major Swiss universities, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and hosted at the University of Bern. The aim of the NCCR TransCure is to foster basic research in the field of membrane transporters relevant to human diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases. The final aim is that of discovering tool compounds that can serve to the development of new drugs to prevent or treat such diseases.
The NCCR TransCure is characterized by a very strong interdisciplinary approach by combining expertise in physiology, structural biology and chemistry.
The integration of the IFP program into the NCCR TransCure provides an ideal environment for an excellent training of international young scientists. The program enhances the European-wide mobility and supports training and career development in line with the objectives set out in the work program for COFUND actions.
In agreement with the objectives presented in the COFUND work program, the NCCR TransCure commits itself to offer to the international students an attractive, competitive research environment and a well-structured career development program.
During the second period of the program, the IFP TransCure successfully continued its activity within the NCCR TransCure, in terms of science and education as well as of administrative management.
A third call has been issued in November 2014. The program has been evaluating 75 applications and recruited finally 7 postdoctoral fellows.
In these two years, the NCCR TransCure refined the project portfolio of the program, whereby the fellows are involved in one of the currently active nine research projects. All the projects are characterized by the integration of the three main disciplines of the network, giving the fellows the opportunity to learn from many different points of view. In particular, we introduced regular project meetings that are fundamental occasions for a fruitful interdisciplinary scientific exchange.
The IFP TransCure fellows can take advantage of the educational activities of the NCCR TransCure, that encompass seminar series (NCCR TransCure lectures), specialized scientific courses, and annual retreats. In addition, they can profit from the activities offered in the field of equal opportunities that aim to support a successful career.

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