University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
Dr Martin Smit is director of the Graduate School of Medical Sciences. He is one of the three representatives of the University Medical Center Groningen, who is doing recruitment interviews on behalf of a large group of researchers at the UMCG interested in getting in contact of possible PhD candidates to write together a application for a CSC-fellowship.
His personal background research field is pharmacology as he spend a large part of his career in industrial research on new therapeutic agents.
Therapeutic areas of interest to him are cardiovascular diseases, inflammation, oncology, and metabolic diseases. In addition general drug discovery, early toxicology, dmpk and general pharmacology.
In his current function he is responsible for education of PhD students of the Graduate School and international and industrial relations. The Graduate School has more than 1200 PhD students. With around 250 PhD defenses per annum the Medical Sciences comprise about 40% of the total number of PhD defenses of the University of Groningen.
The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands and the largest employer in the Northern Netherlands.
More than 13,000 employees provide patient care, are involved in medical education and perform scientific research, from fundamental molecular research to clinical research.
Currently, PhD students come from more than 60 different countries and work in a very international environment. State of the art facilities and a very collaborative culture enable researchers to perform cutting edge research in the area of their interest, resulting in more than 2000 publications annually.