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PhD Programme in Cardio Nephro Thoracic Sciences - Academic Year 2021/2022 - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

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    ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna
    Medical sciencesMedicine
    Medical sciencesOther
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    21/05/2021 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Italy › Bologna


The PhD programme is dedicated to Cardiology/Cardiac Surgery, Nephrology/Urology, Pulmonology/Thoracic surgery/ Esophageal surgery. It is articulated in basic and clinical research in the fields of stem cells, genetics, thoracic oncology , immunology, in any area of possible development of research pertinent to the curricula in which the PhD programme is organised.

The educational objectives are:

- the introduction to the methodology of scientific research

- the acquisition of bibliographic research methodologies, implementation of the data base, statistical processing data

- the acquisition of special laboratory techniques in the context of defined research projects

- the acquisition of modern computer aids for research and communication

- knowledge of the basic rules a) of medical ethics in clinical research and b) the ethics of laboratory experimentation - knowledge of methods of structure of research protocols.


Research topics

Curriculum 1 - Cardiology/Cardiac Surgery

  • Pulmonary Hypertension: Pharmacotherapy of induction
  • New perspectives in the treatment of acute and chronic ischemic heart disease
  • New approaches to percutaneous treatment of aortic and mitral valve disease
  • Personalized therapy, "genetic driven", of cardiomyopathies
  • New techniques of catheter ablation for the treatment of arrhythmias
  • Brain protection in aortic arch surgery
  • Myocardial protection in cardiac surgery
  • Heart transplantation
  • Aortic valve replacement with prosthesis ‘sutereless’
  • ‘Frozen elephant trunk technique’ surgery for extensive diseases of the thoracic aorta
  • Decellularized scaffolds in pediatric cardiac surgery.


Curriculum 2 - Nephrology/Urology

  • Imaging in the diagnosis, staging and restaging of prostate cancer evaluation of the role of new radiotracers for PET and identify the presence of lymph node metastases using the histological gold standard diagnostic
  • To determine the role of PET in restaging of patients with recurrent disease and assess the main clinical indicators may be related to a positive imaging
  • To evaluate the multiparametric MR in the local staging of disease prior to surgery and in patients in active surveillance for prostate cancer indolent
  • Laparoscopy in urology oncology
  • Application of laser technology for the treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy (HoLEP)
  • Retrograde treatment of kidney stones through the use of flexible instruments (RIRS, retrograde intrarenalsurgery) and the technique combined antegrade-retrograde (ECIRS endoscopiccombinedintrarenalsurgery).


Curriculum 3 - Pulmonary Diseases/Thoracic Surgery

  • Technological innovations in the treatment of acute and cronic respiratory failure
  • Physiopathological mechanisms of exacerbation of chronic respiratory disorders
  • Home monitoring for chronic respiratory patients
  • Prevention of the respiratory infections in critically ill patients
  • Surgical therapy of experimental model of pulmonary hypertension
  • Pathogenetic factors of fibrosis in the esophageal gastro-esophageal reflux disease
  • Biomolecular characteristics of pathogenesis of esophageal adenocarcinoma
  • The neuroendocrine tumors of the chest: from neuroepithelial bodies & Co. to disease
  • The role of the genetic and biomolecolar markers for a multidsciplinary tailored therapy
  • The minimally-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic approach to lung cancer: between present time and future perspectives
  • Study of pulmonary regeneration after pneumonectomy: experimental models and their applications - Enhancing lung transplantation: ex-vivo lung perfusion another techniques.

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The yearly gross amount of the scholarships is € 15.343,28. Social-security contributions are deducted monthly from the gross scholarship by the University on behalf of the PhD candidates. Scholarships are paid to PhD candidates on a monthly basis, in arrears (payment is completed not earlier than the 25th day of the month).

Eligibility criteria

Please, check the Call for applications


Selection process

Research proposal evaluation

Oral examination

More information in the PhD Programme Table

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Offer Requirements

    Other: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Good


Applicants, regardless of age and citizenship status, can apply for the admission to the selection procedure if they have awarded at least one of the following degrees:

  • Laurea Magistrale, Magistrale a ciclo unico or Laurea Specialistica (Master’s Degree);
  • Laurea di Vecchio Ordinamento (pre-1999 reform);
  • A Second Cycle Degree awarded by academic institutions part of AFAM (Alta Formazione Artistica e Musicale);
  • A non-Italian Second Cycle Degree (Master’s Degree or Single Cycle Degree) awarded by an academic institution equivalent to the above mentioned degrees (letters a, b, c).

Applicants who are yet to obtain their Second Cycle Degree are admitted to the selection procedure on condition that they obtain their degree by no later than October, 31st 2021.

Specific Requirements

- Multi-annual research proposal, with special emphasis on the activities to be completed during the first-year course.

- Abstract of the second cycle degree thesis

- List of publications (i.e. monographs, articles on scientific journals, volume chapters), minor publications (conference papers, etc.) and abstracts and posters presented during academic conferences

- University Master Courses (Master Universitari di I e II livello), Postgraduate vocational training programmes and/or specialisation programmes relevant to the PhD Programme

- Specialisation thesis (abstract or full text)

- Language proficiency certificates

- Periods of study abroad, outside the country of origin (e.g. Erasmus programme or other similar mobility programmes)

- Other qualifications attesting the suitability of the applicants (scholarships, prizes, etc)

More information in the PhD Programme Table.





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