UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences



Eureka Institute is an international institute, built to catalyse the growing need for successful translational medicine to address unmet medical demands. The aim of Eureka is to build and a foster a global community of translational medicine professionals for the tangible benefit of patients and society as a whole. This occurs through education, community building and research.

The three UCL Biomedical Research Centres (UCL Hospitals, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital) are partners of Eureka. As such UCL has limited bursaries for the Eureka International Certificate Course in Sicily and the Eureka and UMCU Summer school in Utrecht. See below for more information on both of these. 

Eureka@UCL hosts two practical Translational research educational events a year, modelled on Eureka and taking into the account the challenges of Translational research.

All of these courses, both international and at UCL, train a cadre of future leaders in translational research - equipping them with the transferrable technical and personal skills to accelerate their careers including training in intellectual property, clinical and pre-clinical studies, regulation and leadership.

The Eureka@UCL also extends its collaboration with the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre. Building an extensive network of Eureka alumni across London and Cambridge.


For students at undergraduate, masters and PhD level, there is Apollo London Society which is a student run society for translational research education and peer support. This links into Apollo societies across the world in Holland, Canada and Singapore creating a global network for students. Please register online and join us at our next meeting. 

Annual events

Eureka International Certificate course

The Eureka ICC is a week long course in Sicily for early - mid career researchers with either a clinical or non-clinical background. This course offers an intensive 7 days to develop creative problem solving startiges, team building skills, hone communication and have mentoring by internationally recognized leaders. UCL runs a selection process to send two delegates to this each year.

Eligibility Criteria- Candidiates should be in a Post-doc/Fellowship/junior Faculty position at UCL, from either clinical or non clinic track. Please note that this course is aimed at highly motivated individuals. 

Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic future dates are currently TBA 

Eureka Summer School, doing the right research right

The Eureka and UMCU Summer School is aimed at medical students, PhD students and early post docs. This prestigious week long course in Utrecht tackles the difficulties of effective translational medicine. Equiping delegates with professional skills essential to becoming an a successful translational researcher as well as leadership skills for personal development. UCL has two bursaries with Apollo London running the selection process in March every year. 

Eureka@UCL Presents: 

Check back soon for future events!

 Translational Research, Failure and Beyond 

The Failure and Beyond event in June provided an excellent forum for early career researchers to hear from established researchers and discuss amongst themselves how they have coped with failure. Speaking under the Adapt to Thrive banner, Sergio Queszada shared a challenging research case, Emma Wall spoke about the challenges of balancing clinical and non-clinicial work alongside family committments and Andrew Dick spoke about moving from the life of a musician to the life of a clinican. After we had all had a chance to draw a portrait, the similarities of failure in Fine Arts and academia were compared by Tim Benson, and Sue Watson lead the group through a mindfulness exercise for coping with failure. The afternoon provided more practical infomation for successful translational research from the TRO, UCLB and Innovation and Enterprise. Participants then had a chance to go over case studies of real world challenges in translational research, in biomarker work, medical devices and translational psychology. Participants really enjoyed the whole event, with it all being really useful and engaging.  

Making your research relevant to patients: Translational research in action

This full day event in June 2018 provided an introduction to Translational Research aimed at students, early and mid career researchers from both clinical and academic backgrounds. Using examples of the challenges and successes of translational research from across the NIHR BRCs this event encouraged critical thinking, and enhanced collaboration across the spectrum of translational research. This event aimed to provide researchers with the knowledge and networks to accelerate their research for the benefits of patients. The day included workshop style events to highlight particular challenges in Translational research, and facilitated networking and introductions to support services in Translational research available through the UCL BRCs as well as nationally and internationally.

Health Economics for Translational Research

This half day course in Feb 2019 introduced the concept of health economic analysis and models to be used in Translational research. Case studies from across UCL and Imperial were used to show the application of health economics in clinical and non clinical situations. As well as when clinical trials, EPR and trial design can be effectivley used to inform health econoimc analysis.