New wings for spinal research
The Paracelsus Private Medical University (PMU) in Salzburg is to build a new research center for spinal cord injuries. The €70m construction tab will be picked up by Dietrich Mateschitz, the owner of Red Bull. Other partners in the project include the province of Salzburg, Salzburg’s University Hospital and the Foundation for Spinal Cord Research “Wings for Life”, which was also founded by Mateschitz. The new facility in Salzburg will focus on several research areas, including stem cells, the regeneration of nerve cells and molecular approaches to restoring injured nerve connections. Other priorities include the prevention of secondary damage after spinal cord injuries have occurred, and compensation therapies that rely on stimulation of nerves and patient rehabilitation. “This is the third largest amount that a European university has ever received from an individual,” said PMU Rector Herbert Resch. Construction will begin in the first half of 2012. It will host numerous research and teaching facilities on 8,000m2. “The close integration of basic science and clinical research on new cross-sectional and tissue regeneration will be one of the great features of the new facilities,” stressed Resch. In all, these will employ three research professors and around 40 staff.