The UNITE school provides a tailored education program for scientists and physician-scientists in neurooncology research and medicine. Whilst there are strong career pathways and comparatively good funding opportunities for MD or PhD students and PostDocs, the current structure of medical schools and universities does not cover for the later career path of physician-scientists. The UNITE school therefore particularly focuses on recruiting physician-scientists to provide protected research time.
All UNITE fellows are fully integrated into the laboratories, meetings and scientific communications of the responsible departments and groups. Their interdisciplinary research projects aim at the efficient translation of research findings into clinical application. The research focus is on understanding brain tumor biology and overcoming resistance in primary brain tumors by applying high-throughput molecular profiling, radiomics, and bioinformatics. Accompanying education and mentoring programs support and foster the academic development and qualification of all UNITE fellows.