A centre of excellence in translational medicine opened on Friday at the Fundeni Clinical Institute of Bucharest. Institute manager Carmen Orban (photo) declared that its goal is to evolve into “a national and international force” for implementing preclinical research into the clinical practice in oncogenomics, transplant genomics and cellular therapy of digestive and lung cancers, virus and bacterial infections, and hepatic and digestive disease.
The centre has a new four-floor building with laboratories for experimental surgery, gastroenterology and hepatology, cellular biology, and anatomical pathology; also, educational facilities and technical area, totalling 3,500 square metres. More than 200 pieces of state-of-the art equipment are available for research and education of graduates, doctoral candidates, interns and medical doctors, making it an attraction for young specialists from Romania and abroad.
The institute began translational medicine project in December 2012, with financing from the European Regional Development Fund intermediated by the National Authority for Scientific Research. Its budget was nearly 44 million lei (10 million euros), including 35 million lei in grants.