“I got to know a new country and a new culture”
By Anna-Lena Katzke, Eurolife Mobility Program Grantee (2017-2018) from the University Medical Center at the Trinity College Dublin
I had a great time at the Trinity College in Dublin. I was able to improve my English and meet a lot of new people. In addition, to that I wrote my Bachelor’s thesis in Dublin, I got to know a new country and a new culture. Going to Ireland to write my thesis was a very good opportunity to learn new methods and improve my vocabulary.
I strongly recommend taking the opportunity to go abroad to anyone that has the possibility. I am very grateful for the support by the Eurolife Mobility Program that enabled me to go abroad.
“I can recommend this experience to every student”
By Jonas Wilhelm Hemesath, Eurolife Mobility Program Grantee (2017-2018) from the University Medical Center Göttingen at the Trinity College Dublin
With the Eurolife mobility program I had the chance to write my bachelor thesis at the Trinity College Dublin. During this project I became not only more confident and independent in my work, but I had also the chance to experience another culture and to make contact with new people. I can recommend this experience to every student, who is considering an internship or a thesis abroad.
“It is a valuable experience to go abroad for an internship, and I would recommend it to every student!”
By Marit van der Pol, Eurolife Mobility Program Grantee (2016-2017) from the Leiden University Medical Center at the University of Strasbourg
I am a second year Biomedical Sciences Master’s student, and I decided to go abroad for my internship at a Eurolife institution. The group where I am doing my internship is from the Institute National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médical (INSERM) unit 1113 (Director: Jean-Noël Freund) team 2 (Team leader: Christian Gaiddon) in Strasbourg which focuses on developmental and cell stress signaling in digestive and urological cancers. The lab is located next to a big university hospital and it is part of the University of Strasbourg. The group is in close contact with another research group in Zweibrücken (Germany), and by exchanging expertise, research can be performed in a highly efficient way. The group has already five patents, one license and a start-up company that arose from the research of anti-cancer effects of novel compounds containing ruthenium and osmium.
The research topic I am working on concerns the effects of platinum-based chemotherapeutical agents on the p53-family of transcription factors, which are involved in many processes such as cell cycle regulation and apoptosis. The research is focused on the enteric nervous system (ENS). With the use of in-vivo and ex-vivo models, underlying mechanisms of observed neuron degeneration upon anticancer treatment will be explored. It will provide information of a fundamental nature, possibly aiding in the development of therapeutic interventions to reduce gastro-intestinal side effects of platinum-based chemotherapeutical agents in the future. The topic is part of the PhD project of Anaïs Barthe.
The experience thus far has been truly enriching. It is difficult to know what to expect when you are going to another institution to perform research. In this case, not only the institution is different, but the entire country. It soon became clear that the atmosphere is nice, and I felt immediately free to ask questions when I had them. The moment when you are familiar enough at the lab to perform experiments on your own is really liberating and it allows you to feel like an independent researcher. It feels very good to be a part of a team that collaborates extensively with others. It is a valuable experience to go abroad for an internship, and I would recommend it to every student! Just inquire at the international coordinator of your institution.