WP08 - Medical education

Leader: Bela MELEGH

The University of Pécs, the oldest university of the country, is one of the top-ranking universities in Hungary. With nearly 20,000 students, 1,600 academics and 10 faculties it is one of the largest universities in the country. The university supports the development of the region and the country, especially in the field of medicine, science, art, culture and technology. It offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as undergraduate certificates/diplomas, associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees and doctorate degrees in several areas.

The Medical Center of the university is a national center for several common and rare diseases. The research facilities allow participation in prestigious international networks and have key player positions in professional societies. The Department of Medical Genetics is a central unit in Hungary, with strong international collaborations in research and diagnostics.

In 2009, the university in collaboration with the National Public Health and Medical Officer Service established the National Coordinating Research group of Rare Diseases. This unit was involved in organizing the system for national data collection, initiating various levels of training in aspects of rare diseases, coordinating national research concerning rare diseases, assistings international collaboration. In 2015 the Ministry of Human Capacities officially appointed the university and ultimately the Department of Medical Genetics to form the Rare Disease Excellence Center in Pecs.

The Szentágothai Research Centre was built in 2012 to provide state of the art research laboratories in the fields of environmental science, natural sciences and biomedicine. The infrastructure, instrumentation and expertise of the 22 research groups operating on the premises provide an excellent basis to become a well-known, leading research facility in Hungary as well as in Middle-Europe with an extensive and fruitful collaboration networks.

While UP is the leader of WP8 (Medical education), WP8 has 8 associated partners (DKG, EURORDIS, UoA, INSERM, OECI, UBB, SIOPE, INT) and 6 collaborating partners (ESMO, ESO, ESSO, START, UNIMI, ECPC). The goals include improving education on different aspects of rare cancers for medical and non medical experts, to ameliorate the management of rare cancers and also to improve rare cancer patients’ empowerment.

In addition to the partners, professional organizations (UEMS, EBMG, and ESHG) will be involved.