Postgraduate Program for Bio-Behavioral Integrative Medicine (UBBMed)

Vision & Mission: To use a complex bio-psycho-social model, based on personalized and evidence-based frameworks, in the context of advanced medical technology (e.g., including big data approaches), to guide research, training (graduate / postgraduate / continuous education), and applications in human health.

General Structure: At this moment, the Program works as a framework for three clinical-research sections in the Program: (1) Mental Health; (2) (more)General and/or (more)Systemic-Transversal (areas in) Medicine (e.g., Oncology/Cancer, Internal Medicine, Psychosomatics etc.); and (3) Public Health. There are also two transversal sections (strong competitive advantages of UBBMed, as part of a comprehensive university): (1) A Biomedical Engineering / Technology section (including Big Data & Bioinformatics) is developed within the program, important in itself and as a support for the three clinical sections, and (2) BioMedical Ethics/Social Medicine & Health. A Miscellaneous section includes aspects that are more specific and/or in an incipient phase of development.

  • Strategic coordinator: The Executive Board of the UBB Council of Administration
  • Executive responsible: Professor, MD, PhD, Răzvan Cherecheș
    • Address: No. 9 Clinicilor St., Cluj-Napoca; Contact: razvan.m.chereches@gmail.com

Section I: Psychology & Psychiatry - Mental Health (UBBMed-Psy)

Coordinators: Professor, PhD, Anca Dobrean (psychology) & Adjunct Researcher, MD, PhD, Andreea Robe (psychiatry)

  • Contact: ancadobrean@psychology.ro

Board of the Section

  • The Board, composed of psychologists and psychiatrists proposed by the coordinators, will be the main decision body of the Section.

Major Academic Units 

For contact: Professor, PhD., Andrei Miu (andreimiu@gmail.com)

  • One BSc program (i.e., cognitive science) and three MSc programs (i.e., clinical psychology / psychotherapy / clinical public health psychology) are associated to the Section, together with specific doctoral research. 

Major Clinical Units

Section II: (more)General and/or (more)Systemic-Transversal (areas in) Medicine (e.g., Oncology/Cancer, Internal Medicine, Psychosomatics etc.) (UBBMed-G)

Coordinators: Professor, PhD, Manuela Banciu (biology) & Researcher, MD, PhD, Cristina Pojoga (medicine – internal medicine / gastroenterology)

  • Contact: manuela.banciu@ubbcluj.ro or cristina.pojoga@ubbcluj.ro

Board of the Section

  • The Board, composed of specialists proposed by the coordinators, will be the main decision body of the Section.

Major Academic Units

Major Clinical Units

  • Partners - Public/private hospitals – clinical units

Section III – Public Health & Policy (UBBMed-PublicH )

Coordinator: Professor, MD, PhD, Marius Ungureanu (public health)

  • Contact: marius.ungureanu@ubbcluj.ro

Board of the Section

  • The Board, composed of medical and non-medical specialists proposed by the coordinator, will be the main decision body of the Section.

Major Academic Units

 Major Clinical Units

  • Partners - Public/private hospitals – clinical units

Section IV – Transversal Approaches (UBBMed-T)

IV.1. Biomedical Engineering / Technology (UBBMed-Tech)
  • Coordinators: Professor, PhD, Lucian Baia (physics-engineering) & Professor, PhD, Gilbert Gillich (engineering) 
    • Contact: lucian.baia@ubbcluj.ro / gilbert.gillich@ubbcluj.ro 
  • Medical physics/engineering (Associate professor, PhD, Balint Zoltan)
  • Clinical-medicinal chemistry (Professor PhD, Gabriela Nemeș & Professor, PhD, Radu Silaghi-Dumitrescu/) 
  • Clinical biology - laboratories (Senior assistant professor, PhD, Alina Sesărman)
  • Kinetotherapy (Professor, PhD, Dumitru Rareș Ciocoi-Pop)
  • BSc/MSc programs and specific doctoral research are associated to the Section

    IV.1.1. Big Data & Bioinformatics

  • Coordinators: Professor, PhD, Anca Andreica (computer science) and Professor, PhD, Horia Banciu (bioinformatics/biostatistics)
    • Contacts: anca.andreica@ubbcluj.ro or horia.banciu@ubbcluj.ro
  • UBB Supercomputer and its associated master program co-created with the German company Bosch
  • BSc/MSc programs (e.g., MSc in Bioinformatics) and specific doctoral research are associated to the Section.

IV.2. Biomedical Ethics/Social Medicine & Health

  • Coordinator: Associate professor, PhD, Dégi László Csaba (social work/sociology) - President of European Cancer Organisation-2022/2023)
    • Contact: laszlo.degi@ubbcluj.ro
      • Health economics (Associate professor, PhD, Levente Szasz - economist) 

Section V – Miscellaneous (UBBMed-M)

  • Coordinator: Professor, PhD, Markó Bálint
    • Contact: marko.balint@ubbcluj.ro
  • Medical art

Note: Each of these components can become a specific section in the future, based on its more complex development.

General notes

  • InfoBioNano4Health will be a general academic infrastructure of the Program
  • Current results of UBB in various international ranking in the Medical/Health field:
    • UBB is typically the first university from Romania in most international rankings in the field of psychology / psychiatry / mental health / cognitive sciences (often in Top-500 in the world) and one of the best in public health and in noncomunicabale diseases (mainly psychooncology). 
    • UBB is typically included in the top medical programs in Romania in various rankings (e.g., QS 2023). 
  • The relevant staff associated formally with UBB in various “units” related to the Program is also part of the Program (the Board of each section will specify it).
  • The working language of the Program is English.
  • The official launch of the UBBMed Program:
  • Expressions of interest: Various professionals can be involved as permanent, temporary, or (clinical) adjunct staff. All will have access to UBB infrastructure/facilities and students and to develop new projects through UBB. Those interested can contact the executive responsible Professor, MD, PhD, Răzvan Cherecheș at razvan.m.chereches@gmail.com