PhD in Surgical Sciences and Innovative Technologies

Academic Year 2022-2023
Subject area Medical, Pharmaceutical and Veterinary Medical Sciences
Cycle 38
Coordinator Prof. Bianca Maria Piraccini
Language English, Italian
Duration 3 years

Application deadline: Dec 14, 2022 at 11:59 PM (Expired)

2nd NRRP Call for Applications - Further PhD positions

Enrolment: From Jan 27, 2023 to Feb 06, 2023 - On, PhD candidates awarding NRRP positions should use NRRP forms only

Doctoral programme start date: Mar 01, 2023

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Application deadline: Aug 02, 2022 at 11:59 PM (Expired)

NRRP Call for Applications

Enrolment: From Sep 21, 2022 to Sep 29, 2022 - On download NRRP forms only

Doctoral programme start date: Nov 01, 2022

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Application deadline: Jun 09, 2022 at 11:59 PM (Expired)

Call for Applications

Positions: More information in the PhD Programme Table

Enrolment: From Jul 27, 2022 to Aug 05, 2022

Doctoral programme start date: Nov 01, 2022

Operating centre
Main Department
Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine - DIMES
Associated Departments
Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences - DIBINEM
Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences - DIMEC
Department for Life Quality Studies - QUVI
Research topics
  • Medical surgical sciences
  • General surgery
  • Psychosocial Modulation of clinical outcomes,
  • Patients and healthcare professiona’s quality of life and psychological wellbeing
  • Reconstructive Problems in Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Dermatological surgery
  • Surgical treatment of malignant tumors
  • New technologies in endo-vascular surgery
  • Chronic liver disease and liver transplantation
  • Steroidomics and metabolomics applied to endocrine and metabolic diseases
  • Peri-operative nutrition
  • Safety of care in surgery
  • Biomarkers of physiological and accelerated ageing with or without age-related diseases, respectively
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Molecular cardiology
  • Molecular oncology
  • Infections in fragile patients
  • Prosthetic infections
Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
The surgical sciences ph.D graduates will be able to apply to Academic positions in the fields of medical surgical sciences, dermatological and human sciences, biotechnology and bioengineering and to positions in clinical and pharmacological research centers, to positions in the medical devices production.
Admission Board

Call for Application, NRRP Call and NRRP Call - Further PhD Positions
Appointed by RD 830/2022 Prot. n. 0127511 of 30/05/2022
Confirmed by RD 1103/2022 Prot. n. 0162873 of 17/07/2022
Confirmed by RD 952/2022 Prot. n. 0357333 of 02/12/2022

Surname Name University / Institution Role email
Faggioli Gianluca Università di Bologna Member
Marcelli Emanuela Università di Bologna Member
Mazzetti Michela Università di Bologna Member
Azzarone Matteo Università degli Studi di Parma Substitute
Barbara Giovanni Università di Bologna Substitute
Capri Miriam Università di Bologna Substitute
Corazza Monica Università di Ferrara Substitute
Freyrie Antonio  Università di Parma Substitute
Gargiulo Mauro Università di Bologna Substitute
Piraccini Bianca Maria Università di Bologna Substitute
Varani Stefania Università di Bologna Substitute

* Laura Calzà - Montecatone Rehabilitation Institute S.p.A. shall take part in the work of the Examination Board as expert members for positions linked to specific research topics, NRRP Call

Learning outcomes

The PhD in Surgical Sciences aims to train a researcher to become able to independently design and conduct research on the topics covered by the Doctorate. In particular, research topics include basic and biomolecular research including targeted and untargeted characterization of hormones and small molecules in biological fluids by mass spectrometry (metabolomics and steroidomics), bioengineering, clinical research, the development of microinvasive/endoscopic surgical techniques, the creation of 3D virtual models of anatomical portions and the understanding of the psychological mechanisms underlying the perception of pain and the experience of patients who undergo surgical interventions.

Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates

The training course includes basic and clinical research activities, to be carried out coordinated by the tutor. The locations include the laboratories of dermatopathology, pathology and molecular biology, the Center of Applied Biomedical Research (CRBA); the laboratories of hemodynamics, the lab of psychology, the ultrasound clinics, the departments, the operating rooms and in the eDIMES Lab of the Department of Specialized, Diagnostic and Experimental Medicine. Diagnostic and instrumental interventional techniques will be designed and developed, using the most modern technologies.
The PhD student will have the task of presenting and publishing the data obtained during the research activity.

Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes

Lectures and seminars are planned with the PhD student's research topics and transversal topics based on research activity (how to participate in national and international calls for funding) and future outlets (how to collaborate with public and private research institutions. Through experiential learning based on practical activities, lectures and seminars will aim to teach the students to become independent in carrying out the planned research and clinical activities. Attendance to an English course organized by CLA is mandatory as well as a research period abroad of at least 3 months. 

Internationalization features

The PhD in Surgical Sciences is part of the framework agreement for the assignment of double doctoral degrees between the University of Bologna and Mekelle University (Ethiopia) - Rep. 762/2020 Prot. n. 5583 of 13/01/2020 and between the University of Bologna and the University of Medicine Tirana (Albania) - Prot. n. 0205923 of 02/09/2021 - Contracts - Conventions 6213/2021. The annual call for applications for admission to doctoral courses is advertised on the website and is avdertised by the members of the Teaching Board to colleagues from other international universities. PhD students are obliged to spend a three-month research period abroad, extendable to a maximum of eighteen months. Lectures and seminars are held by foreign lecturers.

Expected research results and products

The Doctoral program requires, from the year 2,   the publication in indexed international journals of at least 1 original article per year, active participation with abstract presentation in at least 2 congresses per year and / or the publication of a book chapter or a monograph. Within the three year program, it is required the publication of at least two articles  in journals  on PUBMED with impact factor.