New programme to support physician-researchers

A five-year, US$100 million programme aiming to increase the number of physician-researchers in Israel was launched this month in a financial partnership between the government, Yad Hanadiv and the Klarman Family Foundation, writes Renee Ghert-Zand for The Times of Israel.

The initiative, called MAVRI (Hebrew for ‘one who heals’), will award broad-scope research grants and will support research training during medical residency and postdoc training for physicians. It will also create opportunities for physician-scientist startups in hospitals, as well as dual appointments for physician-researchers in universities and hospitals.

The goal is to create a leading cadre of MD-PhDs to translate basic research into clinical research, and then move it into clinical practice to achieve improved outcomes for patients.
Full report on The Times of Israel site