Adding to the direct supervision of the student by the PhD supervisor and co-supervisor, there will be an independent mentoring, follow-up and progress evaluation by a Thesis Committee (TC). The TC includes:

(i) a researcher from the same institution, but from a different research group, unrelated with the specific work plan;

(ii) a researcher from another institution, and;

(iii) a clinician, able to give an additional medical input to the project.