Biomedical Research Centre
An objective of the Centre for Molecular Medicine is to have a balance between scientists who are interested in basic research and scientists who are more clinically oriented. Basic scientists look at problems in a different way, thus enabling the development of new technologies to address problems that are relevant in clinical medicine. Clinically oriented scientists bring a different angle to investigate the problem primarily from the knowledge base of clinical issues. Working together, research scientists and clinical scientists can make a mark in research that will benefit humanity.
The core service is an important part of developing such a facility, particularly with respect to newer technologies which are important for doing modern molecular biology. This includes the general molecular techniques that will comprise sequencing, oligo-nucleotides, a micro-array facility, and other facilities required to run a modern laboratory. It will also include the development of a good animal house and the establishment of a facility where antibodies can be made. Proteomics is increasingly becoming an important tool, and the Institute plans to set up a system to collaborate with another centre which has such a facility.
Each research group has approximately five to eight staff to make it internationally competitive and to encourage the application of research grants from bodies for peer reviewed funding. The Institute also wishes to establish collaborative research with industry to support a certain amount of sponsored research and to have a stream of funds which will enable the basic research to be carried out.