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Research visits to the partner institutions

All of the projects of the IRTG have been designed as tandem-projects, i.e. a common research focus will be addressed by the American and German partner labs. All of the PhD students, American and German, will therefore visit the partner labs for six month in the context of this collaboration. We are planning to send the first group of students (3) from 10/2014 to 03/2015, the second cohort (4) from 04/2015-09/2015 and the last group (4) from 10/2015-03/2016. Thus, all of our students will have finished their research exchange half a year before finishing their thesis in 09/2016. The American PhD students will join the German labs following the visit of the German PhD students. This approach will allow a tight collaboration of the German and American PhD students over one year resulting in the development of an intensive trans-Atlantic cooperation. The German and American PI´s will define the practical work to be done ahead of the exchange phase to optimally prepare the research internship at the partner labs. Furthermore, during the whole period of time a shared supervision of both the American and German graduate students by both the American and German PI´s is essential for the success of this phase. Internet conferencing held on a regular basis will allow all parties to follow the progress as well as to identify and solve problems. In order to prepare for the exchange phase, each of the planned summer schools will be held in advance of starting the exchange phases enabling first personal contacts.


The American and German parties of the IRTG agree that the educational program must be continued during the six months graduate student’s time in the partner laboratories. To ensure accreditation of educational elements by the home faculties, HHU and UVA members agree to run a common trans-Atlantic practical course on “Functional analysis of the cardiovascular system.” The course will be offered in part in Germany and in part in the US. It will be accredited by the German branch of the IRTG. Moreover, it will be registered as an educational element at the Faculty of Arts and Science at UVA and will therefore be an official part of the educational program at UVA. Given the complementary expertise and methodology used at both partner institutions, this shared educational element will enhance the expertise of the American and German PhD students. Besides this common educational element, participation in journal clubs and progress seminars will be obligatory during the exchange phase. This will be particularly demanding for the German students who will have to perform in front of native speakers, present their science and cope with the discussion of their data.

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