Twinning centres

Collaboration with other centres will help achieve one of the main objectives of BIOCAPS, which is to turn the Research Institute into a reference centre for biomedical research and innovation. This will not only allow learning from these centres, but will also create synergies and research networks that, in the medium term, will enable the Institute to participate in a larger number of European projects.

All the centres collaborating in BIOCAPS are highly prestigious European research centres, as detailed below:

THE LABORATORY OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (CAMBRIDGE, UK)

The Medical Research Council is a publicly funded organisation dedicated to improving human health. The MRC supports research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences.

The heart of its mission is to improve human health through world-class medical research. To achieve this, it supports research across the biomedical spectrum, from fundamental laboratory-based science to clinical trials, in all major disease areas. It works closely with key stakeholders and research funders in the UK and internationally to deliver its mission, giving a high priority to research that is likely to make a real difference to clinical practice and the health of the population.

The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is one of the birthplaces of modern molecular biology. The LMB has always had the simply-stated goal of understanding biological processes at the molecular level, with the ultimate aim of using this knowledge to tackle specific problems in human health and disease. The Laboratory has also played an important role in the development of new techniques, most notably X-ray crystallography of proteins, DNA sequencing and monoclonal antibodies. Its researchers aim to tackle difficult, long-term problems, which often require investment over many years.

The particular strength of the LMB lies in its strong molecular focus, coupled with a wide range of techniques and subject areas, and the coherence that a single major funding source can provide. There are four scientific Divisions - Structural Studies, Protein and Nucleic Acid

Chemistry, Cell Biology and Neurobiology. However, scientific collaboration between the different divisions is extensive.

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GERMAN INSTITUTE OF HUMAN NUTRITION, DIfE (POTSDAM, GERMANY)

This is one of the most prestigious, productive and competitive research institutions in the field of Nutrition in Europe. The mission of the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE) is to conduct experimental and clinical research in the field of nutrition and health, with the aim of understanding the molecular basis of nutrition-dependent diseases, and of developing new strategies for prevention, treatment, and nutritional recommendations.

Scientists at the DIfE pursue these scientific goals by interdisciplinary cooperation comprising a broad spectrum of experimental and epidemiological methods. A particular focus of the institute is research on the currently most important diseases, i.e., obesity, diabetes, and cancer, whose development may involve nutrition-dependent factors.

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INSTITUT DE MYOLOGIE, GROUPE HOSPITALIER DE LA PITIÉ-SALPÊTRIÈRE (PARIS, FRANCE)

The Institut de Myologie was created by a heterogeneous group formed by leaders, patients and families from the Association Française contre les Myopathies with the main objective of establishing a point of reference with specialised consultation, fundamental and clinical research teams, and teaching on muscles and muscle diseases, all grouped together in a public project.

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THE CENTRE OF PHYSIOPATHOLOGY OF TOULOUSE-PURPAN - INSERM (TOULOUSE, FRANCE)

Founded in 1964, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) is a public scientific and technological institute, which operates under the joint authority of the French Ministry of Health and French Ministry of Research.

As the only French public research institute to focus entirely on human health, in 2008 INSERM assumed the responsibility for the strategic, scientific and operational coordination of biomedical research. This key role as coordinator comes naturally to INSERM thanks to the scientific quality of its teams and its ability to conduct translational research, from the laboratory to the patient’s bed.

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INSTITUTE OF DIABETES AND OBESITY, HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM MÜNCHEN. (NEUHERBERG, GERMANY) 

The Institute of Diabetes and Obesity (IDO) studies the diseases of the metabolic syndrome by means of systems biological and translational approaches on the basis of cellular systems, genetically modified mouse models and clinical intervention studies. It seeks to discover new signaling pathways in order to develop innovative therapeutic approaches for the personalized prevention and treatment of obesity, diabetes and their concomitant diseases. IDO is part of the Helmholtz Diabetes Center (HDC).