Twinning Project for the Joint Development of the .. (HURO-TWIN)
Twinning Project for the Joint Development of the Research Infrastructure
Start date: Dec 31, 2012,
End date: Jul 30, 2014
Translation of biomedical research findings to useful application is a major challenge. The methodological quality of basic research is largely understudied and there are only preliminary efforts to improve the reporting of basic and preclinical studies. Improving the credibility, replication, and rigorous evaluation in research is nowadays as important or even more important than discovery. This is in particular true when assessing drugs' effects where the collection and reporting of information on harms of pharmacological agents is deficient. The project aims at strengthening laboratory capacity by providing: i) support in the development of standard research techniques allowing data reproducibility ii) use of molecular tools in the development of rapid diagnostic tests/new diagnosis methods iii) joint research programmes to foster capacity strengthening. The laboratory twinning initiative seeks to facilitate the exchange of information and resources by: i) promoting the establishment of twinning projects between developed and resource-limited laboratories ii) building a partnership network iii) fostering cross-border collaboration The main activities of the project are: i) Establishment of the Twin Cross-border Research Division (Laboratories of Electrophysiology, Molecular Biology and Documentation Centre) at the University of Szeged ii) Establishment of the Twin Cross-border Research Division (Laboratories of Molecular Biology and Electrophysiology, and the Documenting Room) at the ÜVictor Babes" University of Medicine and Pharmacy The direct beneficiaries are the partners institutions of LP and PP because by finalizing the present project the research related infrastructure will be improved according the standards of European legislation. Also the direct beneficiaries are represented by the multidisciplinary project team comprising medical doctors and scientists (chemists, physicists and pharmacists), both senior researchers and early-stage career scientists (PhDs and post-docs) that will be trained and will benefit from the commonly developed research facilities. Among the project results: 2 new research centres established, 4 new research laboratories established, 5 specific equipment purchased.
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