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The aim of the project “MEDIPARK, Košice” is to build a university biomedical science and technology park, which would be the top national and international centre for applied research and its transfer into practice in the field of biomedicine.

Our vision is a) to integrate human potential with expertise in biomedical sciences and research infrastructure in four major institutions in Kosice – i.e. P. J. Šafárik University in Košice, University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice, Technical University in Košice and Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Neurobiology in Košice, b) to build the grounds for scientific interactions between academic institutions and the business sector in biomedical research and development with subsequent transfer of the acquired knowledge and innovative technologies into applications in human and veterinary medicine, pharmacy, biotechnologies and bioengineering.

The research activities will be realized in five CORE research programs: 1. Pharmacogenetics and personalized therapy, 2. Metabolism – atherosclerosis – ageing, 3. Neurosciences, 4. Regenerative and reproductive medicine, 5. Zoonozes and important infectious diseases. The transfer of research results from the CORE research programs into clinical practice is expected mainly in the following areas: development of personalized medicine in the therapy of malignancies; personalized therapy in reproduction; innovative measures in the prevention,

diagnostics and therapy of atherosclerosis and its complications, diabetes, sleep apnea, renal failure, endocrinopaties, and neurological diseases associated with ageing; innovative technologies in microsurgery and endoscopic surgery; innovative therapies of degenerative diseases and injuries of nerve tissues and skeleton; innovative preventive epidemiological strategies and diagnostic measures in limitation of zoonozes and infectious diseases.

In summary, by building MEDIPARK, we will achieve the concentration of scientific potential and experimental infrastructure in the fields of medicine, biology, biochemistry, biophysics, bioengineering and informatics, allowing the integration of biomedical research throughout the region of Eastern Slovakia. The applications of the research results will be reflected in the development of innovative preventive, diagnostic and treatment strategies of serious disorders and improvements in clinical practice. Moreover, the outcomes of the scientific work in MEDIPARK will impact public health procedures, education strategies and the progress in biotechnology.

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