The Foundation for Polish Science will fund a new international research unit which will operate within the Centre of New Technologies of the UW. Research teams of a new unit will focus on the adaptive cellular mechanisms triggered by stress.
“International Research Agenda” is a prestigious grant awarded by the Foundation for Polish Science. It allows to create the innovation centres of excellence in Poland in cooperation with foreign entities. The Centre of New Technologies of the UW (CeNT), together with the University Medical Center Göttingen at Georg-August-University Göttingen, received this grant and they will form the International Research Agenda Unit called ReMedy.
The ReMedy will consist of seven research teams focused on studying the adaptive cellular mechanisms triggered by stress. In many situations, stress adversely affects the functionality of cells, ultimately resulting in disease conditions. Better understanding of the stress-induced mechanisms that affect cells is the necessary first step towards the development of new treatments and medicines that reverse these adverse changes.
– We hope that as the result of our fascinating research program and the strengthened collaboration with our scientific partner, Peter Rehling from the University Medical Center Göttingen, the scientific output of ReMedy will be of interest to the companies from the life sciences sector and will become the basis for the development of new therapeutic treatments – said Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska, director of CeNT, and Prof. Maria Konarska who are the authors of the ReMedy project.
The Centre of New Technologies is an interdisciplinary research institute, focused on structural chemistry, materials, biotechnology and biomedicine. It earned an A+ (highest) grade in the latest ranking of research institutes in Poland. The CeNT’s research interests are focused on basic and applied research at the interface between biology, chemistry, and biomedicine. The CeNT will provide support to the ReMedy in two major areas, infrastructure and merit.
Researchers of ReMedy will have access and will be able use the entire CeNT infrastructure, including new generation sequencing lab, computer center for advanced bioinformatics, isotope lab, cell culture facilities, glassware cleaning and media preparation rooms and animal house. The PhD students of the new international research unit will participate in doctoral programmes offered by the Faculties of Biology and Chemistry of the University of Warsaw.
“International Research Agenda” grant, given to the University of Warsaw by the Foundation for Polish Science, equals PLN 35 million.
The second awarded university which also received this grant was the University of Gdańsk.