Time to inaugurate the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine
Since early 2015, the task of building up the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine (WCMM) at Linköping University has been going on. Now it's finally time to launch the center.
December 8th is the official date when WCMM launches. To celebrate Linköping University (LiU) hosts a symposium – taking place in Hugo Theorell lecture hall at the University Hospital. Between 8th and 9th of December, several researchers that move within the boundary between medicine and technology will present their research and talk about their work involving WCMM. Several international researchers connected with the center and keynote speakers will also attend the symposium.
One of several nodes
The basis for WCMM was made possible by a grant from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation in 2015. The center is one of several nodes at Swedish universities and is part of a plan for Sweden to regain its leading position in medical research. WCMM also works closely with Region Östergötland (the County Municipality of the region Östergötland – RÖ). Stefan Thor, professor of developmental biology, is the director of WCMM at LiU. He points out that there has been a good collaboration between both the university and the Region.
– It has been a great interest in the center from the start, both from Linköping University and the RÖ side. WCMM gives us an opportunity for growth in a sector where LIU/RÖ has its own niche in medical research, says Stefan Thor.
A flagship in the medical and biological research field
WCMM consists of a group of nine researchers from LiU and RÖ, and five distinguished international scholars that work as an advisory board. In addition, 60 existing groups at the university and RÖ also has joined the research center. Besides RÖ there’s also collaboration with a number of companies, both in the region and nationally.
How do you look upon WCMM's future?
– We hope that WCMM will be a flagship for LIU/RÖ in the medical and biological research field. We also hope as well that the center can help to attract additional funds for recruitment in this research area. I hope also that it will be an important umbrella organization that can boost the interactions within the LIU/RÖ collaboration – but also with the outside world, says Stefan Thor.
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Last updated: Wed Jul 02 15:40:59 CEST 2014