The World Hellenic Biomedical Association (WHBA) has officially announced the operation of the 1st Summer School in Medical & Biosciences Research & Management to be held in Greece from May 20 to 29, 2012. From the total of 140 undergraduate and postgraduate student-applicants from Greece and 23 other countries, 46 were finally chosen to participate in the Summer School.
The announcement was made during a special ceremony in New York, in the presence of the board of directors and the advisory committee of WHBA, sponsors, journalists and representatives of the Greek-American community.
Summer School in Biomedical Research & Management is divided in two parts. The 1st part will take place in Itilo in Mani, Peloponnese, from May 20 to May 26, 2012. For this part 10 instructors and 2 plenary speakers of worldwide reputation will present the most recent breakthroughs and current trends in several topics of basic and clinical medical research.
The students will then be transferred to Athens, where they will attend lectures about drug development and successful placement of a new drug in the market that will be given by associates of the Merck pharmaceutical company.
Moreover, the schedule includes visits of the students to the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens, the Standing Committee on Cultural and Educational Affairs of the Parliament of Greece and the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs.
The scientific board of the Summer School in Biomedical Research & Management will cover the hotel and transportation expenses for 24 selected students of the undergraduate and graduate levels among applicants from universities that are in Greece and abroad. The students will be selected according to their academic record and potential to develop into prominent figures of Academia or the pharmaceutical industry. The combination of students from Greek and foreign universities aims to generate a bridge among prominent young trainees from several places in the world, as well as to facilitate the establishment of future international networks of excellence.
The World Hellenic Biomedical Association (WHBA) is a tax-exempt non-profit organization that was founded in the United Kingdom 20 years ago. Since 2010 the WHBA has transferred its domicile to the state of New York, USA, where it operates as a scientific tax-exempt entity. It consists of several medical and bioscience societies from around the world and has established direct or indirect (through societies) communication channels with approximately 3,000 physicians and bioscientists of Greek descent from approximately 20 countries in 4 continents.