PhD programmes

Current year courses

PhD in Applied Life and Health Sciences
Doctorate in Applied Sciences of Life and Health will train their students in research facilities that possess scientific expertise, project resources and capital equipment appropriate for the acquisition of the methodology of scientific research aimed at the development of medical research in the areas of bioscience applying the new global “omics” analysis and high-throughput technologies, such as HPLC-Tandem Mass Spectrometry novel molecular technologies. The PhD programaims to:
  • Enhance the formation of the third level and create a critical mass that will foster the training of PhDs able to deal autonomously the ongoing challenges of biomedical research assuming a prominent role in international research and benefits in the local economy;
  • Offer a curriculum with theoretical and practical tools that support, promoting the high qualification and internationalization through internships in Italian or foreign laboratories at which use the most modern research technologies facilitate the inclusion of PhD graduates in the world of work.
 
For each student will be provided research-intensive equipment (with personal supervisor) as part of a research structured team. The student will participate in research projects broadly interdisciplinary in which the cultural theoretical and experimental trining find a balanced synergistic, enhanced by the possibility of interactions with national and international laboratories that will allow him/her to compete with other studies and research and expand employment opportunities beyond the academic world.The trainingin the PhD course includes expertise in Biology and Medicine that range from research in genomics, famacogenomics, preventive and predictive medicine, microbial control environment and drug resistance organized in three thematic research: Genomics, Epidemiology - Bio Statistics and Microbiology – Infectious diseases.
PhD in Neuroscience, Psychological and Psychiatric Sciences, and Movement Sciences
The main education goal consists in delivering and supplying to the students the essential knowledge and skills that will make them suited for high quality research activities in the academic and private – public research environment.
As a general rule, the PhD course will aim at training the students so that they will be able plan and accomplish original projects inspired by the principle of the “hypothesis driven” research and of the “evidence based medicine”.
 
In particular, the student will acquire specific expertise on:
 
A) Design, illustration and communication of a research project based on robust knowledge of the current scientific literature and on sound knowledge and methodological skills, implemented with proper experimental designs and protocols in the field of neuroscience, physiological, cognitive, and clinical sciences.
 
To this aim, the educational activities of the PhD program include:
  • Training of the skills of bibliographic data mining through practical workshops;
  • Acquisition / optimization of synthesis and summary ability of the data obtained from the examination of the scientific literature through preparation of and participation in journal clubs and monographic seminars on topics related / ancillary to the research project;
  • Acquisition of the fundamentals of scientific methodology related to planning of studies in clinical, behavioural, cognitive, psychological and experimental fields;
  • Participation in the preparation of the application to the institutional IRB, including an illustration of the principles of research ethics of research on humans and animals and the preparation of the informed consent of the subject;
  • Presentation during the first year of the course of the doctoral research project in front of the Faculty with subsequent discussion and possible resubmission after revision;
 
B) Individual experimental projects using the most advanced techniques of molecular, cellular, physiological, genetic and cognitive research applied to various experimental models (cells, organs in situ, laboratory animals and humans in different conditions of environmental stress (e.g. exercise, hypoxia, cognitive, psychological) including a specific training on new diagnostic, laboratory and neuroimaging tools and techniques.
To this end, the educational activities of the PhD program include:
  • Specific training for the use of the equipment utilised in the project, including new diagnostic, laboratory and neuroimaging tools and techniques;
  • Participation in training courses (national and international) on innovative methodologies;
  • Participation in specific courses on specific methods of measurement and on the basis of the analysis of biomedical and physiological signals;
  • Internships in national and foreign laboratories.
 
C) Clinical and epidemiological studies using the most advanced techniques in the field of clinical trials (phase III studies) and observational epidemiological studies (phase IV studies) including specific training and involvement on the new meta-analytical tools suitable to analyse the results of experimental and observational studies, according to the principles of evidence-based medicine.
To this purpose, the educational activities of the PhD program include:
  • Specific training to acquire and use skills in clinical and epidemiological research;
  • Specific training to acquire and use skills in the conduct of meta-analyses of randomized and observational evidence
  • Attendance to specific courses on innovative research methods to optimize the electronic management of clinical and epidemiological data.
 
D) Post hoc analysis of experimental data.
To this aim, the educational activities of the PhD program include:
  • Specific courses included in the curriculum on statistical methods for data analysis in cognitive, psychological, medical and scientific research and on the introduction to the use of statistical packages (SPSS, NCSS, Statistica, STATA);
  • Introductory courses on SW and development environments for quantitative data analysis (Matlab, Labview).
 
E) Effective communication and oral and written summary of the experimental results.
To this end, the educational activities of the PhD program include:
  • Participation in the PhD day;
  • Lab meetings fro systematic reports on the experimental activity and data analysis;
  • Participation in the seminars planned during the course;
  • Presentation at the end of the second year of a written and oral progress report of the project;
  • Presentation at the end of the third year of the results obtained in the project during a seminar.
  • Participation in national and international congresses with communications (poster or oral) on the results obtained during the project;
  • Gradual acquisition of specific skills in report / scientific articles writing;
  • Collaboration in the drafting and in reviewing of reports / scientific papers.
 
In addition, the principles of the main methods of national and international bibliometric evaluation of the scientific production will be taught to the students. Moreover, the international and national research funding system and the European and international policy for the exploitation of research results and for the protection of the intellectual property will be illustrated.
The student, at the end of the course, will have access to positions or post-doctoral research fellows in national and international research institutes and academic system, in the national health system as well as in the R&D departments of biomedical, pharmacological, diagnostics national - international companies.

Courses not currently running

PhD in Exercise Science and Human Movement (last intake in 2013) Course partially running (all years except the first)
This Ph.D. course aims at developing multi-disciplinary skills to acquire general knowledge in the field of research into integrated biological functions, with special focus on the response and adaptation of human being to physical activity and exercise in any environmental condition, and research applied to sports training and performance. The course also aims at developing studies and skills in the application of physical exercise as a stimulus for keeping the physiological homeostasis throughout our entire lifespan. During the PhD course, the students should develop a correct epistemological approach to the research activities; they should develop critical ability for analysis and interpretation of the data given by literature; they should learn to use advanced research methods and procedures on humans; they should learn to conceive and produce experimental protocols with progressive investigative autonomy; they should develop the ability for oral and written presentation of the experimental data in a scientifically coherent context.

PhD in Multimodal Imaging in Biomedicine (last intake in 2013) Course partially running (all years except the first)
The aim of this phD program is to train young students in scientific research activities in the field of multimodal imaging, intended in the widest sense of the word, with the final aim of offering university and other research centres, young researchers who are skilled in a wide field of modern biomedical research techniques. The graduates wil be included in specific research projects of clinical-experimental and basic nature, using techniques such as experimental and clinical magnetic resonance imaging, infrared spectroscopes, optic, electronic and confocal microscopes, mono- and two-dimensional proteic electrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction, RFLP, Mutation/polymorphism screening (DHPLC and DNA sequencing), DNA microarray, linkage analysis, ELISA dosage.
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PhD in Neuroscience (last intake in 2013) Course partially running (all years except the first)
The neuroscience encompass both basic science and applied, clinical domains of knowledge and are aimed at elucidating the mechanisms underlying the development and functioning of the central and peripheral nervous system, as well as the processes leading to diseases of the nervous system and restoration of normal function following these diseases. The general goal of this doctoral program is to allow advanced training of well qualified young students to become expert researchers in basic and/or clinical neurosciences, the ultimate mission of the program being the understanding of the brain and the development of successuful therapeutic approaches to cure individuals with diseases of the nervous system. Diseases of the nervous system are not only extremely disadvantageous to affected individuals, but thy also represent one of the highest economical costs in modern societies. The understanding of the nervous system, the most complex structure in nature, requires multiple approaches and methodologies, which together form the core structure of the program.
PhD in Neuroscience, Psychology and Psychiatry Course partially running (all years except the first)
The main education goal consists in delivering and supplying to the students the essential knowledge and skills that will make them suited for high quality research activities in the academic and private – public research environment.
As a general rule, the PhD course will aim at training the students so that they will be able plan and accomplish original projects inspired by the principle of the “hypothesis driven” research and of the “evidence based medicine”.
 
In particular, the student will acquire specific expertise on:
 
A) Design, illustration and communication of a research project based on robust knowledge of the current scientific literature and on sound knowledge and methodological skills, implemented with proper experimental designs and protocols in the field of neuroscience, physiological, cognitive, and clinical sciences.
 
To this aim, the educational activities of the PhD program include:
  • Training of the skills of bibliographic data mining through practical workshops;
  • Acquisition / optimization of synthesis and summary ability of the data obtained from the examination of the scientific literature through preparation of and participation in journal clubs and monographic seminars on topics related / ancillary to the research project;
  • Acquisition of the fundamentals of scientific methodology related to planning of studies in clinical, behavioural, cognitive, psychological and experimental fields;
  • Participation in the preparation of the application to the institutional IRB, including an illustration of the principles of research ethics of research on humans and animals and the preparation of the informed consent of the subject;
  • Presentation during the first year of the course of the doctoral research project in front of the Faculty with subsequent discussion and possible resubmission after revision;
 
B) Individual experimental projects using the most advanced techniques of molecular, cellular, physiological, genetic and cognitive research applied to various experimental models (cells, organs in situ, laboratory animals and humans in different conditions of environmental stress (e.g. exercise, hypoxia, cognitive, psychological) including a specific training on new diagnostic, laboratory and neuroimaging tools and techniques.
To this end, the educational activities of the PhD program include:
  • Specific training for the use of the equipment utilised in the project, including new diagnostic, laboratory and neuroimaging tools and techniques;
  • Participation in training courses (national and international) on innovative methodologies;
  • Participation in specific courses on specific methods of measurement and on the basis of the analysis of biomedical and physiological signals;
  • Internships in national and foreign laboratories.
 
C) Clinical and epidemiological studies using the most advanced techniques in the field of clinical trials (phase III studies) and observational epidemiological studies (phase IV studies) including specific training and involvement on the new meta-analytical tools suitable to analyse the results of experimental and observational studies, according to the principles of evidence-based medicine.
To this purpose, the educational activities of the PhD program include:
  • Specific training to acquire and use skills in clinical and epidemiological research;
  • Specific training to acquire and use skills in the conduct of meta-analyses of randomized and observational evidence
  • Attendance to specific courses on innovative research methods to optimize the electronic management of clinical and epidemiological data.
 
D) Post hoc analysis of experimental data.
To this aim, the educational activities of the PhD program include:
  • Specific courses included in the curriculum on statistical methods for data analysis in cognitive, psychological, medical and scientific research and on the introduction to the use of statistical packages (SPSS, NCSS, Statistica, STATA);
  • Introductory courses on SW and development environments for quantitative data analysis (Matlab, Labview).
 
E) Effective communication and oral and written summary of the experimental results.
To this end, the educational activities of the PhD program include:
  • Participation in the PhD day;
  • Lab meetings fro systematic reports on the experimental activity and data analysis;
  • Participation in the seminars planned during the course;
  • Presentation at the end of the second year of a written and oral progress report of the project;
  • Presentation at the end of the third year of the results obtained in the project during a seminar.
  • Participation in national and international congresses with communications (poster or oral) on the results obtained during the project;
  • Gradual acquisition of specific skills in report / scientific articles writing;
  • Collaboration in the drafting and in reviewing of reports / scientific papers.
 
In addition, the principles of the main methods of national and international bibliometric evaluation of the scientific production will be taught to the students. Moreover, the international and national research funding system and the European and international policy for the exploitation of research results and for the protection of the intellectual property will be illustrated.
The student, at the end of the course, will have access to positions or post-doctoral research fellows in national and international research institutes and academic system, in the national health system as well as in the R&D departments of biomedical, pharmacological, diagnostics national - international companies.
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