HBRS was founded in 2003 as the initial step to realize a continued structured training concept for young scientists at MHH. We call it "career boosting". Meanwhile all career steps have been taken care of and have been included in HBRS. The Young Faculty Program was added in July 2014, as well as the TRAIN Academy in 2017. You find links to several programs on the left hand bar.
What makes HBRS unique? The 10 most important points:
Programs and Internationality: Hannover Medical School is the only “medical faculty” in Germany which hosts such a large number of structured doctoral programs under the roof of one graduate school: five PhD programs, two associated Master programs, and StrucMed and KlinStrucMed, unique programs for undergraduate medical students to perform a Dr.med. thesis. Currently, HBRS students come from more than 40 different countries!
Tradition: HBRS is one of the oldest graduate schools in Germany, being founded already in 2003. Our MD/PhD program “Molecular Medicine” is the first international PhD program in biomedicine/ life sciences in Germany (founded in 2000; accreditated by ZEvA in 2003), the second PhD program “Infection Biology” started also in 2003.
Innovation: We have invented the structured doctoral program for medical students (StrucMed) in 2005 as well as the "Voluntary Research Year" for pupils who have just finished their high school. Both are meanwhile taken as German-wide models. In 2015, the new KlinStrucMed started, supported by the Else-Kröner Fresenius Foundation. This is the first structured program in Germany, in which undergraduate medical students perform a doctoral thesis (Dr.med.) in the field of clinical studies combined with a sophisticated training program.
Support: HBRS offers a unique package of support: orientation weeks; social (cultural events, excursions); counselling; housing; financing: travel to Hannover for interviews and beginning of study, stipends, short-time stays abroad; families: extra support for children (Kindergeld), babysitter, Wilhelm Hirte crip/ kindergarten. HBRS is highly family-oriented!
Partners: HBRS is not only the roof of structured doctoral programs at Hannover Medical School, but interacts with a number of partner institutes: the Leibniz Universität Hannover, the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, the Helmholtz Institute for Infection Research Braunschweig, the TwinCore in Hannover, the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine Hannover, the Institute for Animal Breeding Mariensee etc. HBRS also fosters cooperations with industry partners.
Integration: All programs in HBRS are interlinked and integrated into the three research foci “Infection and Immunology”, “Transplantation/ Tissue Engineering/ Stem Cell Biology” and "Biomedical Engineering and Implants" of Hannover Medical School, and collaborative research centres like Excellence Clusters REBIRTH and Hearing4all, German Research Centers DZIF and DZL, SFBs (DFG), BMBF Centres or Networks of Competence, Clinical Research Groups (DFG), IFB-Tx.
Perspectives and Alumni: So far, the overall impact factors of all finalists were about an average cumulated value of 10 impact factor points for each student (mostly first-author papers)! Career perspectives are excellent.
We have already established a huge Alumni network, stay in touch with people and publish an annual HBRS Alumni newsletter.