“Studying in a new environment helps promoting your career”

Jae-Kook Cha is currently Osteology Research Scholar at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. He is working on guided bone regeneration of peri-implant dehiscence defects with a particulated synthetic bone replacement graft. On the occasion of his half-year report he answered us a few questions about his experiences as an Osteology Research Scholar.

Why did you apply for the Osteology Research Scholarship?

Jae-Kook Cha: “I have been pursuing cutting edge knowledge in both clinical and research fields while staying at the boundary between them. When I first discovered Osteology Research Scholarships, I thought it was a good opportunity to turn my ideas into reality."

Why did you apply for this particular centre (Madrid with Professor Mariano Sanz)?

Jae-Kook Cha: “This centre is one of the leading groups in implant and bone regeneration, and, above all, there is a mentor whom I look up to. In addition, this centre is involved with in-vitro, in-vivo, and clinical studies, which means that I can experience a broad spectrum of research.”

What did you expect to learn during this scholarship year?

Jae-Kook Cha: “I have been looking forward to learning about the highest standards in clinical practice and research. I also wanted to achieve knowledge on research management in a center where a lot of research is on-going, and other various research experiences that can be a foundation for my future research career.”

To which extent have your expectations been met so far?

Jae-Kook Cha: “My experience so far has surpassed my initial expectations. Not only that I have been able to promote my professional career, but also experienced new culture and made wonderful friends “

Why would you recommend other participants worldwide to apply for this opportunity?

Jae-Kook Cha: “Studying in a new environment in another culture will help promoting your professional career. Osteology Research Scholarships are the best way to do that with the help of a prominent mentor and get involved actively in an international network.”

Thanks you Jae-Kook Cha for these insights. We wish you many more interesting experiences and learnings in research and in Spain in general, and we are looking forward to the outcome!