The Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine (CSMM), a school of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING), commenced operation in September 2012. The CSMM, housed within the CING premises provides students with a unique educational experience combining taught courses and research conducted in specialized state-of the-art laboratories, in the areas of neurology, genetics and biomedical sciences. The Schools four programs: MSc in Molecular Medicine, MSc in Medical Genetics, PhD in Molecular Medicine and PhD in Medical Genetics.

About

The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics has established a postgraduate school, named the Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine (CSMM) open to students with research interests applicable to the Institute’s activities. The postgraduate school is organized as a distinct entity within CING. CSMM programs are headed by the Chief Executive Director of the School who is also the Chief Executive Medical Director of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics. CSMM accepted its first MSc and PhD students during Fall 2012 and offers four programs of study leading to two MSc and two PhD degrees, in Molecular Medicine and in Medical Genetics respectively.

MSc programs are organized around taught courses and a research or library project. CSMM offers 12-month MSc programs of full-time study and 24-month MSc programs of part-time study.

PhD programs are organized around taught courses during the 1st year and a thesis work (research project) for years 2-4. As part of all programs, students are taught compulsory and elective courses.

CSMM aims to attract outstanding students with intellectual curiosity, who want to expand their education and the state-of-knowledge on regional problems of global significance on the topics covered by the Departments and Clinics at CING. The Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine provides opportunities for postgraduate education, training and exposes students to a competitive research environment. The School supports and enforces international standards of excellence for the students. The School’s official Inauguration Ceremony took place, on Wednesday 17th October 2012. The highlight of the event was special guest, Professor James D. Watson, Ph.D. Nobel Laureate who presented the lecture of academic excellence 2012-2013, “From the Double Helix to the Curing of Cancer”. Professor Watson is an American molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist, best known as a co-discoverer of the structure of DNA in 1953 who was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)

Services

The Library of the Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine consists of reference books, journals, technical information, dictionaries and other reading material. The academic staff and students of the CSMM have access to information such as electronic journals and databases. The Library is continuously updated with new scientific journals and books, relevant to the CSMMs clinical, educational and research activities.

Student computer laboratories and meeting areas are available inside the Library area. Students are able to access the internet and work on their assignments. Printing facilities are also available.

There are no laboratory-based courses; however students may have to undertake individual research projects. Students are placed in the Departments or Clinics of CING and will be under the supervision of an advisor. The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics has state-of-the-art equipment in all its Departments and Clinics which is used for specialized diagnostic services and research activities. Some of the equipment has been purchased through competitive research funding and is unique in Cyprus. Students may carry out their research projects in the facilities of the various Departments and Clinics.

The list of equipment is extremely long and for practical purposes, a summary is presented below. PCR machines, real-time PCR machines, heating and cooling incubators, regular and deep freezers, light microscopes, fluorescence microscopes, time-lapse microscope, confocal microscope, electron microscope, flow cytometer, cell incubators, cell culture biological cabinets, chemical cabinets, DNA microarray facility, automated DNA sequencing facility, mouse facility, laser microdissector, automated DNA extractor, benchtop centrifuges, ultracentrifuge, automated nucleic acids imaging facility.

A café/restaurant is available inside the CING with subsidized prices for all CING employees and CSMM students. Also, within walking distance from the School, students can find a mall, various shops, coffee shops, restaurants, clubs, banks etc.

Student Life

The personnel at CSMM are committed to enriching the School experience and promoting a full and active student life. They provide the necessary support and resources to ensure that all students will enjoy their student experience at the CSMM to the maximum.

Before the beginning of the Autumn Semester, the CSMM organizes a warm welcome orientation event for all new students. This is a perfect opportunity for students to become familiar with the Schools premises, to meet with their Lecturers and the Administrative Team, take tours, participate in fun activities, and make some new friends before the fall semester gets too hectic.

The Education Office of the CSMM organizes various types of student events and activities such as Orientation Programs, Awards Ceremonies, Blood Donations, Charity Events, Christmas Gala Dinners, Graduation Dinners, etc.

Counselling on any administration issue will also be provided.

A Careers Office which will assist students and alumni in all career related topics is currently under construction.

Assistance with finding accommodation: The students of the Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine can choose from a great range of private apartments and houses within walking distance of the School. The Education Office may assist students in finding their accommodation for the duration of their studies.

The monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment varies from 425-500, whereas the monthly rent for a three-bedroom apartment ranges between 450-650.

Services for students with special needs: The CSMM is committed to treating all students with special needs as equals to all other students; therefore, every effort is made to offer practical solutions to any of their specific needs, such as access to the CSMM facilities, or assistance on their academic issues.

Accreditation

The Cyprus Institute of Neurology & Genetics promotes and provides training of doctors, scientists and students, as well as educational programs and studies. Up until today, several doctoral theses resulting in the award of the PhD title have been completed and some more are still working towards their PhD studies in collaboration with universities in Cyprus and abroad, i.e. University of Cyprus, University of Athens, University of London, Imperial College of London, University of Bristol, etc. CING has also been recognized by European Universities for the completion of the final thesis of Biology degree students.

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