The goal of the IRTG 2251 is to enable PhD students to acquire the skills needed to perform independent research and to qualify them for ambitious international careers in a broad-ranging employment market. This programme will accomplish this goal by exposing these students to an interdisciplinary academic environment at two excellent institutions in Dresden and London that features internationally competitive research.

The educational goal of the PhD programme is to provide interdisciplinary, in-depth training in programme-specific areas, translational research and individualized training, which is tailored to each student’s needs and interests, combined with stringent supervision and mentoring concepts within a three years (PhD) curriculum. The qualification program for the PhD students will be embedded within the Regenerative Medicine track of the Dresden International PhD Program DIPP (

The IRTG 2251 aims to train a new generation of life and clinician scientists, who are able to bridge the gap between clinical and basic research. Contributing to the understanding of the shared biology and interdependence of metabolic diseases, they will be well prepared to become future international leaders in the field. The international employability of the graduates will be significantly enhanced by experiencing the two different educational systems of the partner institutions and by gaining research experience in two or more working groups within an international network.