I received an exceptional education

Jean-Claude Imber is a Swiss periodontist who went to work in Germany. Thanks to an Osteology Research Scholarship he had the opportunity to come back and spend one year in Anton Sculean’s Department of Periodontology at the Dental School of Berne, Switzerland.

 

Continue to read and discover what Jean-Claude Imber shared about his Osteology Research Scholarship experience.

What do you think went well in terms of project work during this year?

My primary goal was to learn as much as possible about histology and immunohistochemistry. I also wanted to be involved in various research projects and establish collaborations for the future.

From the very beginning, I received a lot of support from my mentors and the lab assistants. Over time, I learned to be more independent, and they gave me the opportunity to participate in various studies that have been published or are ongoing. My knowledge of histology grew tremendously and is still growing. This year was fantastic for me.

What final benefits (professionally and personally) do you take home from the Osteology Scholarship year?

I received an exceptional education from many interesting, renowned, and dedicated people. That is priceless! I was also involved in many research projects and was able to learn a lot about study design and organisation. And no less importantly, we were able to publish interesting results. Besides work, I had a wonderful time with many new friends and experienced unforgettable moments.

How did you perceive the mentorship, research team and working atmosphere?

Professor Sculean and Professor Bosshardt were my mentors. They were very important for my career and future development in the "dental world". We also became friends and had fantastic discussions, not only about dentistry.

In the lab we had a very efficient and friendly environment, and I was more than happy to continue my work with all lab members and other scientific staff.

What would you do differently if you could start the Osteology Scholarship programme again?

There is no real development without the possibility of making mistakes, and certainly I made mistakes this year. Nevertheless, I would not do anything differently. All the mistakes did not harm the results and led to an improvement in my skills and knowledge.