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Enhancing Health Biotechnology Facilities at the University of Malta

The University of Malta is one of the beneficiaries of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Cohesion Policy Programme 2007-2013, Operational Programme I. The project 'Enhancing Health Biotechnology Facilities' is a joint effort between the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, Department of Physiology and Biochemistry, the Departments of Pathology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Anatomy and the Institute of Health Care with the involvement of the Institute of Agriculture and the Department of Biology. The focus is on human genetics and its impact in the health sector on discovery, including clinical trials, diagnosis and innovative medicines.

It builds on previous success in Haemoglobin Genetics and Thalessaemia research with the evolving National Genetics Program. This project is intended to promote the further development of a Health Biotechnology facility that will improve Malta’s potential for education and training, research and development in this high priority area. It will enable high-level research in the fields of Health and Medical Biotechnology, in particular in Genetics, Proteomics, and PharmacoGenetics.   The functional genomics of hereditary, malignant and neurological disease with Bioinformatics form the basis of new therapeutics for thalassaemia, diabetes and heart disease, cancer, neurological disorders and celiac disease. The project will result in the setting up of a fully functional Biotechnology for Health Unit (BHU) equipped with instrumentation utilising state-of-the-art technologies in cellular and molecular biology with advanced bio-informatics, operated to standards of best practice available to both students and researchers and promoting collaborative industry-academia research projects.

This project will serve as a teaching tool to enhance the academic level of both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the health sector as well as in agriculture, biology, environment, bio-informatics and others.   It is important when one considers Malta’s high-value added target sectors, in particular, the innovations in specialised pharmaceuticals.   They are one of the keys for Malta’s prosperity. The future requires highly skilled and adaptable science professionals as well as cutting edge equipment. The project ensures that Malta gains competitive advantage in the ever-evolving knowledge based economy by training the biomedical scientists of the future.

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