The scholarships have been offered since 2015. VELUX FONDEN is aiming to make medical master students aware of their opportunities for pursuing research in ophthalmology.
Since 2015, 10 medical students have received DKK 60,000-DKK 125,000 for scholarship projects. Scholarships are offered twice annually; in spring and autumn.
For Henrik Vorum, PhD, Clinical Professor, MD, Consultant at Aalborg University Hospital, creating a ‘stepping stone’ for the most junior medics is a logical move: “By apprenticing medical undergraduates as clinical investigators full-time for a year, they are given an opportunity to try out their aptitude for basic research.
Committing to this programme has the potential to generate relevant research results, but equally, it is likely to turn out highly motivated investigators, better research projects, and not least, a larger base for recruitment. This will give us healthy, increased competition for subsequent research projects so that we can continue to sustain the quality of ophthalmology in Denmark,” says Henrik Vorum.
New surgery for strabismus
Adeel Suhail Sethi is medical students who has been granted a VELUX FONDEN scholarship. His research project investigates two different surgical procedures for patients with sixth nerve palsy and Duane syndrome, where ‘miswiring’ of one eye muscle causes strabismus, or misalignment of the eyes, with one eye deviated outwards.
In 2015, the eye clinic at Rigshospitalet in Denmark was one of few hospitals worldwide to introduce a new type of surgery referred to as ‘Hunter's procedure’, which was developed at Boston Children's Hospital & Harvard Medical School. The object of this scholarship project is to assess the benefits and risks of this new surgical procedure as compared with a former procedure.