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November 25, 2011   
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The Medical University of Warsaw is one of the oldest medical universities in Poland. For more than two centuries, it has been committed to training the country’s top professionals in medical and pharmaceutical sciences. The university is a leading institution of higher education and has an established position in Poland, Europe and elsewhere.

The Medical University of Warsaw works with many other universities and institutions around the world. Every day our staff teach students, conduct scientific research and treat patients.

At the moment, the scientific priority of the Medical University of Warsaw is to create a thriving research center in the Polish capital consisting of a cluster of core facilities working closely with one another.

The university is coordinating efforts to launch the Centre for Preclinical Research and Technology (CePT), in what is the largest biomedicine and biotechnology project in Central and Eastern Europe. In partnership with the University of Warsaw and the Warsaw University of Technology as well as seven institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences, using 100 million euros secured from the European Union, we are working to put in place a research infrastructure meeting the highest international standards.

I am convinced that the research centres established under the project will pursue not only Polish but also international research projects. A major strength of this unique project is that it is open to all-comers. Any scientist who wants to take up new scientific challenges will be able to use modern equipment purchased as part of the CePT project. The centre will focus on research into modern lifestyle diseases including cancer, heart diseases and nervous system disorders.

Providing outstanding scientists with top-caliber laboratory equipment creates a one-of-a kind opportunity—unprecedented by Polish standards—to make major breakthrough discoveries benefiting the public.

The Medical University of Warsaw has also taken another step toward transferring research results to medical practice.

Innovation cannot be planned, but it is possible to design a system for supporting the process of putting research results to commercial use. Today, dialogue is indispensable and strong, long-term ties between science and business are needed to overcome barriers resulting from the different interests and operating methods of these two communities.

For this reason, Poland’s first Academic Clinical Trial Unit (ACTU) is being set up at the Medical University of Warsaw. The unit will focus on the direct application of the results of scientific endeavor by enabling research under clinical conditions. The Academic Clinical Trial Unit is the first center nationwide aiming to marry academia with business in a bid to develop clinical research.

Thus, a comprehensive system for the practical application of medical research results is being created at the Medical University of Warsaw: with the research infrastructure being established as part of the CePT project, we are offering scientists the right conditions to develop innovative solutions in medicine; by launching the Academic Clinical Trial Unit, in turn, we are forging an open, transparent dialogue between the academic medical community and the pharmaceutical industry with a view to facilitating further medical discoveries.

We are making all these efforts to contribute to the development of science, and, above all, to help patients.

Prof. Marek Krawczyk
Rector of the Medical University of Warsaw
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