New International Johns Hopkins Initiative Offers Greek Physicians and Scientists Enhanced Research Training
Young Greek physicians and biomedical researchers will soon have the opportunity to further develop their research capabilities and medical expertise through a new program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, which will be funded by the international business organization the Libra Group.
The goal of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Visiting Scientist-Libra Initiative is to assist Greek physicians and biomedical scientists to gain cutting-edge, on-the-job expertise that will enhance their contributions to medicine or academia when they return to the Hellenic Republic. Under the program, carefully chosen Greek physicians and scientists will participate in research at Johns Hopkins either in one- or two-year postdoctoral research fellowships.
“Johns Hopkins has a successful track record of international collaborations in the field of medical education and research. This initiative is part of our global outreach in biomedical training and research, and is part of our ongoing efforts to raise the standard of health care around the world,” says Vassilis Koliatsos, M.D., a professor in the Departments of Pathology and Neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He leads the project with his colleague Constantine Lyketsos, M.D., a professor of psychiatry and director of the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
“We look forward to working with the Greek scientists and physicians who will come to Baltimore for the program. It will be a valuable initiative for our faculty as well as for the participants from Greece. We believe that it will lead to important research collaborations in years to come,” adds Koliatsos.
The participants will submit competitive proposals and be selected by an advisory board composed of biomedical research and physician leaders from Greece and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Selection of the first candidates to participate in the program will occur over the next several months, and they will begin their work at Johns Hopkins in early 2014.
Some of the other Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine projects in education and research around the world include: the Johns Hopkins Singapore International Medical Centre, the collaboration with Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia’s first American-style medical school and a teaching hospital) and Sun Yat-sen University in China.