The Universitat Jaume I and the company Medtronic have signed an agreement for the creation of the UJI Medtronic Chair of Surgical Research and Training. The Chair aims to advance the development of teaching and research activities in the field of surgery that enables the consolidation of teams and the obtention of a significant advance in this field of study and work.

The agreement has had the presence of Javier Colás, president of Medtronic; Miguel Cano, marketing director of Medtronic; Rafael Ballester, dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences; Juan Vicente Sánchez, director of the Predepartmental Unit of Medicine, and Miguel Ángel Moliner, vice-rector for Economy and Administrative Staff at the UJI, among other vice presidents. The event was also attended by the lecturer Antoni Llueca, who occupies the direction of the new chair.

For the president of the company Medtronic, the new chair is an investment in the future because "we are convinced that the role technology is called to play in surgery is increasingly important. In his opinion, "the training of professionals in the use of new technologies is fundamental" to get them used effectively both in outcomes for patients and providing health services.

Meanwhile, the vice-rector of Economics and Administrative Staff stressed that the chair "is a pillar of consolidation for the university project of health sciences" and has ensured that this type of collaboration through a chair "is ideal to strengthen the relationship between businesses, universities and health institutions". Finally, the director of the chair stated that "from the university level, we will further promote and strengthen training in surgery, involving all hospitals in the province".

The Medtronic Chair of Surgical Research Training arises from the will of lecturers at the UJI's Predepartmental Unit of Medicine to promote research and teaching in the field of surgery. To do so, the chair will encourage surgical training of professionals involved in surgery through courses, scientific conferences and meetings; it will work on the development of new surgical techniques; it will promote research into new materials and instrumentation in the field of surgery, and surgical training in the university degree and postgraduate studies.

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