Founded on 1 January 2016, the University of Pécs Centre for Translational Medicine (UP CTM) rests on three main pillars: (1) the Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM); (2) the Department of Translational Medicine (DTM) within the First Department of Internal Medicine; and (3) the Multidisciplinary Research Group (MRG) within the Centre.
Primary responsibility: plan and manage clinical trials
The primary SCIENTIFIC responsibility of the Physician Group is to form Study Groups that combine various academic clinical researches and to establish international multicentre registers and launch clinical studies for individual areas of specialization (gastroenterology, cardiology etc.).
As part of their EDUCATIONAL responsibility, the DTM wishes to participate in postgraduate scientific (PhD) training. We wish to pass on knowledge that will enable future physicians to employ a distinctly scientific approach to their work.
Primary responsibility: facilitate basic research
The ITM was established through a re-organisation of the Department of Pathophysiology at the University of Pécs. The main objective of the Institute is to seek answers to questions that arise at the patient’s bedside through basic research, to identify pharmaceutical points of attack and to lay the groundwork for clinical studies.
The MRG, the third pillar, was established to facilitate clinical studies. It draws on the expertise of specialists for valuable support for these studies. One such set of specialists is the IT Group, which maintains the computer equipment and is engaged in regular software development. The Biostatistics Group is the other one. Physician researchers often face the problem of how to summarize measurement data and what conclusions to draw from that data on a particular phenomenon. They need biostatistics to be able to do this properly. Our third group deals with Operative Data and Clinical Studies. They do the work of providing quality assurance, liaising with foreign and domestic partners, securing various ethical permissions, maintaining registers and data management. This is also tied to the Physician Groups, which ensure dialogue between researchers and the MRG staff, with an eye to both basic and clinical studies. A key MRG task is to provide transparency, which is indispensable for gaining support from society. The MRG therefore consists of a Media Group as well.