International molecular medicine research centre coming to Meilahti

The new molecular medicine centre internationalises research into Finnish national diseases

International molecular medicine research centre coming to Meilahti The University of Helsinki will establish an international molecular medicine research centre to study the genetic, environmental and lifestyle background of diseases.

The main laboratory of the centre will be located at Meilahti Campus. Finland’s other biocentres, associated with the universities in Kuopio, Oulu, Tampere and Turku, and Åbo Akademi University, as well as the Department of Molecular Medicine of the National Public Health Institute, will be joining the centre as members. Other partners and financiers include the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, Helsinki University Central Hospital, the City of Helsinki, several foundations and the Orion Group.

The research centre will serve as a hub for research into molecular medicine and for research infrastructure in the field. The aim is to create a cost-effective and significant centre of expertise and to enhance and internationalise research into Finnish national diseases and molecular medicine.

The new research centre will network with molecular medicine research centres to be established in Sweden and Norway, in which the research pursuits will complement those of the Finnish centre.

All the Nordic centres will also collaborate with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. The international dimension of the work will enable the recruitment of foreign leading scientists for Finland.

The research centre is scheduled to be opened in early 2007 and it will employ close to 200 leading scientists in the field.

Text: Mirja Mäenpää
Photo: Veikko Somerpuro

Translation: Valtasana Oy

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