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Ospedale San Raffaele (Medical Oncology)

Medical Oncology Department

Brief overview

Ospedale San Raffaele is one of the leading research institutes in Italy in terms of volume and quality of scientific output. San Raffaele is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Health as a research hospital with the speciality of Molecular Medicine. This highlights the multidisciplinary research performed at the institute, which aims both to understand the molecular processes underlying a large number of human diseases and to design new therapeutic approaches. Thanks to the integration of basic, translational and clinical research, Ospedale San Raffaele is at the forefront in many biomedical areas and provides the best assistance to its patients.

Research areas

Biomarkers/Genetics/Lung cancer/Molecular biology

Host center eligibility

Global fellowships (return phase only)\European fellowships

Research infrastructure/facilities

The institute offers a wide array of cutting-edge tools and facilities including services of microscopy, flow cytometry and cell sorting, gene editing services, two animal facilities, a mouse clinic and pre-clinical imaging, proteomics and metabolomics facility, and a biobank. Within Ospedale San Raffaele the Center for Omics Sciences includes the Center for Translational Genomics which has innovative instrumentation (e.g., HiSeq 2500 sequencer) as well as support for bioinformatics and statistical analyses to ensure high standards of scientific quality.

Research funding/resources

Over the past 5 years, Ospedale San Raffaele has received around €1M in peer-reviewed awards for respiratory research from a variety of public and private funders including the Italian Ministry of Health. In particular within the Medical Oncology department, the Lung and Thoracic Cancer Area is the coordinating centre of a clinical trial, financed by the Italian Ministry of Health, that aims at improving the diagnosis across over 20 Italian research centres and evaluating the therapeutic options for patients whose lung tumors carry specific targetable biomarkers.

Links to non-academic sector

The Medical Oncology department conducts studies, including Phase I studies, involved in the development of therapeutic strategies and cooperates with pharmaceutical companies to test new drugs for the treatment of lung cancer patients. By collaborating with national and international research teams the Medical Oncology Department aims to identify novel biomarkers by analyzing sequencing data and gene expression profiles derived from human tumor biopsies. These studies address important questions related to lung cancer biology and drug treatment of this yet not curable disease and can ultimately lead towards a personalized medicine for lung cancer patients.

Experience hosting international researchers, career development & training programmes, outreach activities

Ospedale San Raffaele is an international research institute hosting many foreign researchers. The HR Office has a dedicated officer to assist for visa and relocation issues and English is the official language for scientific activities. Both career development and trainings are highly valued by the institution. Scientific training is delivered both formally and informally, and seminar series are planned at laboratory, divisional and plenary level with weekly frequency. Trainings are also proposed for non-scientific topics such as clinical trial activities, public speaking, bioethics and research integrity, intellectual property and biotechnology transfer and grant and scientific writing.

HR Excellence in Research – EU award