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Education & Teaching

The Institute for Ophthalmic Research will only improve the impact of its research if it can attract the young bright people and show them that eye research is not only important, but offers an attractive subject that can keep them busy for life. Therefore, a central mission of the Institute for Ophthalmic Research is to provide pre and postdoctoral training centered on the physiology and pathophysiology of vision for the next generation of scientists. We offer numerous training activities for students from medicine as well as from biology and other related natural sciences.

  • Current developments in Ocular Genetics and Molecular Biology of the Eye
  • Bioanalytics of the Eye
  • Basics and Principles of Sensory Systems
  • Special Interest Groups on Neuroanatomy and state-of-the art Imaging Technologies
  • Scientific Data Analysis and Programming

Research specific training opportunities of the involved labs (including BSc, MSc and PhD courses) are available on the Institute site –‘Vaccancies & Opportunities’ [LINK]

Training at the Centre for Ophthalmic Research has received top evaluations in local rankings and involved lecturers of the Institute have been awarded the medal for excellence in teaching from the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

The Institute also participates in lectures and courses at the Graduate Training Centre of Neurosciences consisting of the Graduate School for Neural and Behavioural Sciences, International Max-Planck-Research School, the Graduate School of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience and the faculty of biology. Several of these doctoral students have been marked in the past with a ‘summa cum lauda’ from the faculty of biology and medicine.

In addition, the training ranges from teaching in Ophthalmology to specialist workshops on applied methods (e.g. the famous FUN course, an interactive course for application of advanced neuro-ophthalmological techniques; Basic Science Course in Vision, Research Colloqium, Lab Rotation Program, Glaucoma workshop; Interactive courses on [kinetic] perimetry, function testing in neuro-ophthalmology, Electroretinography Course) as well as soft skills, such as project and laboratory management.

Curricular Teaching at the Institute for Ophthalmic Research

Progress in Ophthalmic Research

The seminar “Progress in Ophthalmic Genetics and Pathophysiology of the Retina” will be replaced by a general “Progress in Ophthalmic Research” seminar, starting this winter term:

  • The seminar will take place every Wednesday from 9:00 – 10:00 in the big lecture hall of HNO, Elfriede-Aulhorn-Str.5. Please find a preliminary schedule for the winter semester 2016/17 at the respective page.
  • The seminar will be held throughout the year – including the weeks when the Thursday seminar together with the HNO takes place. Christmas, Easter and summer breaks will of course be included.
  • The seminar will be listed in the “Vorlesungsverzeichnis” as ID S08SOPH06.

Curricular Teaching at the University Eye Hospital

The curricular teaching is dedicated to impart knowledge in basic skills of ophthalmology. The main focus is to conciliate medical practice to become a good physician. For this purpose the University Eye Hospital offers for the medical students of the University of Tübingen different classes within their preclinical and clinical education. All students are welcome to complete part of their practical year at the University Eye Hospital.

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Further opportunities

Further opportunities with lecturers and supervisors of the Institute for Ophthalmic Research are hosted by the Faculty of Medicine in Tuebingen:

Medicine meets Technology - Interuniversity Bachelor`s Degree Programme

The inter-university bachelor's degree programme in Medical Technologies was developed by the University of Tübingen and the University of Stuttgart. It is a research-oriented programme with a flexible study design and diversified basic study period. The programme is unique in Germany, integrating the specific expertise of two universities: technical sciences and engineering at the University of Stuttgart and natural and medical sciences at the University of Tübingen.

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Bachelor Course of Studies in Molecular Medicine

The Bachelor programme in molecular medicine is certainly a good choice for students seeking a solid academic training in the natural sciences but one that incorporates medical competencies as an alternative to the more traditional study of medicine, which normally foresees a career in clinical practice. Research, especially in the area of molecular biology and cell biology, has had an immense influence on medical practice in the last few decades and is indispensable for future improvements in diagnostics and therapy.

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PhD Program in Experimental Medicine

The goal of the program is to enable students to carry out independent scientific work and to equip them with advanced professional qualifications for jobs in research and all research-related areas. The main component of the PhD program is an individual research project to be submitted in the form of a doctoral thesis.

In addition, specialized courses and seminars taught in small groups equip young researchers with useful knowledge and skills. Technical and practical modules will be offered in the research areas Infection Medicine & Microbiology, Immunology, Oncology, Neurosciences, Cardiology / Vascular Medicine, Imaging Technology and Biomedical Engineering. A large catalog of electives is available containing advanced seminars, courses in soft skills and professional skills as well as additional courses complementing the individual student's previous training to qualify him or her for interdisciplinary research projects.

PhD students are supervised by a group of three excellent scientists. Research results are regularly presented and discussed in seminars and workshops. The regular duration of the program is 3 years. After successfully completing PhD coursework and thesis and passing the PhD examination, students are awarded the academic title of "Doctor of Philosophy" (PhD) by the Faculty of Medicine.

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Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience

Graduate School of Neural & Behavioural Sciences - International Max Planck Research School

The graduate program in Neural & Behavioural Sciences was established at the University of Tübingen in 1999 through the joint efforts of the Medical School, the School of Biology and the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics.  Training is also provided by prestigious research institutions such as the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research, the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and the Natural & Medical Sciences Institute.

Graduate School of Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience

The graduate program in Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience was established at the University of Tübingen in 2007 through the joint efforts of the Medical School, the School of Biology and the School of Biochemistry & Pharmacy. The school is strongly supported by prestigious research centres such as the Hertie Institute of Clinical Brain Research (HIH), the Tübingen Centre of Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) and the Natural & Medical Sciences Institute (NMI).

Graduate School of Neural Information Processing - International Max Planck Research School

The Graduate School of Neural Information Processing provides research-oriented training in a wide spectrum of computational neuroscience topics, such as coding principles in sensory periphery and their clinical application; population coding in the early sensory cortex; perceptual inference mechanisms; and multi-sensory integration processes. Other fields of research include brain computer interfaces, neuroprosthetics and rehabilitation robotics. Furthermore, students get insight into the development of new techniques in MEG and fMRI to improve spatial and temporal resolution