Academy of Finland Proposes EMBL-Affiliated Research Centre
Helsinki - The Academy of Finland has made a proposal for the establishment of an international molecular medicine research centre in Finland. Built around the two strongest areas in Finnish medical research, human genetics and onco-biology, the proposed centre's research fields are molecular genetics and epidemiology, molecular mechanisms of epidemic diseases and translational research. The focus would be on the heritage of common diseases, on the mutual interaction of lifestyle and environmental factors, on investigating the birth mechanisms of these diseases and on finding possibilities for cures.
The centre would co-operate with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and be established as a national research unit in EMBL-affiliated centre form. The initiators expect Finnish researcher training and the internationalization of research careers to be improved by making use of EMBL researcher training and exchange programmes and to take advantage of existing EMBL infrastructures. Furthermore, co-operation could promote the development of technology transfer. The building costs are estimated at around Euro15 million, the costs for basic equipment at some Euro12 million. If the premises were to be rented, the total annual costs would be some Euro10 million. The goal is that after its establishment the centre would be partially funded through the basic EMBL budget. It could be networked with molecular medicine research centres in other nordic countries and would be responsible for the co-ordination of work done with EMBL. The centre would start with 15 groups and some 200 personnel. In accordance with the EMBL model, the majority of the researchers would be temporary.