Each course runs for nearly two years and consists of 5 meetings. Course content by meeting may vary.
Course locations may differ from those shown below, however, they will always be an easily accessible European city.
Meeting 1 Ängavallen
Sweden - September, Year 1
The aim of the first meeting is to establish “working teams” of participants and mentors. Pancreatic physiology, embryology and basic science will be covered. We will discuss hypothesis testing and basic science theory. The ability to work in a group towards defined goals will be developed. During a brainstorming session including all participants and mentors, different research projects will be disussed and defined and each participant assigned to one project. Thus the end of the meeting the participants will be divided into different study groups based on the “working teams”.
Meeting 2 Assmannshausen
Germany - October, Year 1
At this meeting the groups will formulate and present hypotheses and ideas for realistic projects. They will obtain feedback and begin to build project networks. Other issues such as which protocols need to be sent in for ethical approval and how this ethical approval is obtained, will also be covered. The topic for the pancreatological education section will be pancreatic cancer, whilst the scientific section will look at realism in project planning and management The members of the group will leave the second meeting with a clearly defined research project. At home the study groups will continue the work by writing the final research protocol and applying for ethical approval if appropriate.
Meeting 3 Hohenbercha
Germany - March, Year 1
The final research protocols will be presented and the projects should then be ready to start. Acute pancreatitis will be discussed and the question “What is good science?” considered. We will look at statistical issues in research and there will also be a presentation on Good Clinical Practice and how to collect and record data. The leadership training will concentrate on the internal work within the group. When the participants leave this meeting they should return home and begin to include patients, or start experiments.
Meeting 4 Rome
Italy - October, Year 2
The topic for the pancreatological section will be chronic pancreatitis. The scientific training will focus on how to present research data and the leadership training on how to handle daily work problems such as conflicts within groups.
Meeting 5 Assmannshausen
Germany - April, Year 2
The research projects should now be finished and summarized and it is time to discuss and interpret the data. The pancreatological section of the meeting will explain endocrine pancreatic diseases and the scientific section will focus on data analysis. The leadership training focuses on the term meeting.