The Lundbeck Foundation is sending Danish medical students to the USA for the sixth successive year.
Once the coronavirus situation has settled sufficiently for them to travel to the US to develop their skills, five highly qualified Danish medical students will be ready to fly directly to San Francisco in California.
They have a ten-month-long research and education programme ahead of them, either at Stanford University or at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) – two of the USA’s finest universities.
The secondment is ‘all inclusive’, since all of the students’ expenses are covered by the Danish American Research Exchange (DARE) – a study and research programme which the Lundbeck Foundation created in 2015 and has funded ever since.
‘It is one of the Lundbeck Foundation’s top priorities to support talented researchers who, in time, may produce ground-breaking research. Secondment to world-leading research environments abroad will both stimulate the development of these researchers and help foster research partnerships between Denmark and the USA that could benefit Denmark,’ says Jan Egebjerg, Director of Research at the Lundbeck Foundation.
In order to be considered for a DARE fellowship in California, the student must be reading medicine at a Danish university, have gained a Bachelors degree and possess above average talent.
Another requirement is completion of a research project during the US stay, and the project must also lead to at least one publication in an international journal. For this to be possible, the project must be approved before departure for the US and both a Danish and an American mentor must be lined up.
Students will also attend classes at the American university at which they are enrolled during the DARE stay.
Entrepreneurial environment awaits
Denmark has eight Innovation Centres around the world, one being the Innovation Centre Denmark in Silicon Valley, California. One of the aims of these centres is to promote partnerships between Danish and overseas universities, and between Danish research and business developers abroad.
The centre in California oversees overall coordination of the DARE programme and, at the same time, is responsible for ensuring that the five medical students become acquainted with the entrepreneurial environment in Silicon Valley during their stay.
This environment largely focuses on transforming ideas and research into business models, and the DARE participants will be introduced to the art through meetings with investors who specialise in just that. Afterwards, they must tackle the challenge faced by all former DARE students: ‘The Ten Dollar Challenge’.
The object is to invent a medical treatment or product that costs no more than 10 dollars, or just under 70 Danish kroner. The students compete in teams and, in addition to the honour of winning, the victors receive a cash prize: 10 dollars! It’s all about the honour.
The DARE participants in 2020 are:
Rasmus Hagn-Meincke, medical student at Aalborg University – and new student at Stanford University. Read about Rasmus’s upcoming research
Sophie Nyholm Henrichsen, medical student at Aalborg University – and new student at Stanford University. Read about Sophie’s upcoming research
Cathrine Korsholm, medical student at the University of Copenhagen – and new student at UCSF. Read about Cathrine’s upcoming research
Anna Sophie Lebech Kjær, medical student at the University of Copenhagen – and new student at Stanford University. Read about Anna Sophie’s upcoming research
Rasmus Henrik Reeh, medical student at the University of Copenhagen – and new student at UCSF. Read about Rasmus’s upcoming research