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Masters and Certificate Program in Vaccinology & Pharmaceutical Clinical Development

Siena, Italy

Application deadline: Monday, December 15, 2008

This program is jointly sponsored by the University of Siena, Medical Schooland Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics in Siena.

Is innovative because it:
  • Provides graduates in medicine with training on all aspects of developing vaccines, from basic research to health authority approval and beyond.
  • Collaboration between academia and industry
  • Classroom sessions with a team of scientists and researchers with years of experience in basic research, technical and clinical research & development of vaccines
  • Topics include all R&D aspects, such as immunology and infectious diseases, clinical research methodology and epidemiology, biostatistics and clinical data management, regulatory aspects and the production of vaccines
  • Students will participate in real life clinical and regulatory activities within the company and be intensively involved in development programs
The program is in English and provides two options:
  • a complete two-year course , the first year including lectures and on-the-job training, the second year consisting of an internship within one or more of the clinical or regulatory teams. The second year will be completed with a dissertation leading to an M.Sc. degree from the University of Siena, Italy. Dates: May 2009 - April 2011
  • a one-year course , as the first year above, with a training certificate from Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics.
The program
  • teaches specific skills
  • is thorough and exhaustive
  • provides extensive practical training
  • prepares the student for a career in academia, public health or in vaccine clinical development, within the pharmaceutical industry
Qualified and accepted participants will receive a 2-year grant.

To learn more about the program, click here to read the brochure.

To apply for the program, submit the following before Monday, December 15, 2008to .
  1. your curriculum vitae (CV) [1] in English
  2. a letter of motivation in English
[1] CV must include details of command of English language, courses attended including those in medical school, and level reached by examination.

The contact person and information:

Mrs. Hilary Franklin
Global Clinical Research & Development Department
Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics S.r.l.
Via Florentina 1,
Siena, Italy
Tel. +39 0577 24 3525 or +39 335 750 2395

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