CHDR teaches basic and clinical pharmacology and pharmacotherapy to medical students, students in biomedical or pharmaceutical sciences, and other healthcare providers in training. Additionally, we offer many other educational activities, ranging from special projects for high school students to postgraduate training in clinical pharmacology and specialised courses for clinical residents.

At a glance

  • CHDR teaches clinical pharmacology to medical students, students in biomedical sciences, students in bio-pharmaceutical sciences, and other healthcare providers in training (such as medical residents, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists-in-training).
  • In collaboration with the Leiden University Medical Center, we have developed the Paul Janssen Futurelab, offering training opportunities for biomedical professionals.
  • CHDR also offers postgraduate clinical pharmacology training, with over 21 graduates in the past 10 years.
  • CHDR has hosted more than 30 PhD students during their doctoral research.
  • CHDR's Clinical Research Programme provides ambitious young researchers and physicians with a well-defined career development path.
  • TRC® (Teaching Resource Centre), CHDR’s clinical pharmacology app, has been downloaded over 200,000 times. Thanks to recent upgrades, the TRC app is now compatible with reference drug formularies in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.

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Clinical Pharmacology Programme

At CHDR, all of our researchers have the opportunity to become board certified as a clinical pharmacologist. Our programme in clinical pharmacology provides specialised training to physicians and research graduates with a biomedical and/or pharmaceutical background. The programme can be completed in one year (full time), or over several years (part time).

The curriculum includes a variety of hands-on courses and practical training in conducting clinical studies in both healthy volunteers and patients, with attention to the underlying science. Clinical work – for example, advising physicians regarding the choice, dosage, adverse effects, and interactions of drugs – is also part of the programme. Trainees join grand rounds in the Internal Medicine department and discuss the pharmacotherapeutic choices afterwards. The Clinical Pharmacology Programme usually culminates in the completion of a PhD thesis.

Clinical research practice / Student internships

Our student intern training programme is available to bachelor's and master’s students with an interest in biomedical research. We typically host more than 20 student interns each year. This programme provides students with unparalleled insight into the processes underlying the development of new drugs and methodologies. Students not only acquire core knowledge and skills, but also gain experience with state-of-the-art methodologies in drug studies with human subjects. Besides learning how to design and conduct clinical studies, students also learn how to analyse and model the data. The programme also offers the opportunity to learn about basic research, such as the discovery and validation of new biomarkers. This training programme can last from 12 weeks up to 9 months, and all work takes place under the close supervision of trained professionals.

In addition to student internships, we also offer a master’s level course in Clinical Pharmacology together with the LUMC Pharmacy. For more information, please contact us.

Teaching Resource Centre

Today's healthcare professionals are confronted with an increasingly complex array of drugs, spiralling costs and a greater number of medication misadventures. We believe that better knowledge of pharmacology and pharmacotherapy is the key to more successful use of medications in healthcare. The Teaching Resource Centre (TRC) was conceived and created by CHDR to offer high-quality education in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, accessible to health professionals and students worldwide.

Teaching Resource Centre

Advanced Clinical Pharmacology Stipend

CHDR created the Advanced Clinical Pharmacology Stipend (AC-PS) to stimulate the development of early-career professionals in the field of clinical pharmacology and to enable cross-cultural exchange of ideas and research. The fund was introduced in honour of Prof. Adam Cohen, who served as CHDR’s CEO for 30 years.

The aim of the fund is to financially support young researchers to develop and further their career in clinical pharmacology by gaining relevant experience outside of their own institution. Support can be granted for expenses relating to travel, conferences, research exchanges, short-term research internships, a virtual learning course, and other costs for an educational or research activity.

Advanced Clinical Pharmacology Stipend  

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