The Emil Behring Centre for Experimental Medicine is a state-of-the-art facility, one of the most modern of its kind in Poland.
"Opening the Centre for Experimental Medicine marks the end of a certain stage and creates a development opportunity. We are going to continue our research. We combine research, among others, on stem cells with neurophysiology and pharmacology. We are going to employ very modern methods in the teaching process", said Prof. Wojciech Maksymowicz, dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of UWM.
Prof. Maksymowicz also announced a new research programme during the opening ceremony.
‘Together with our colleagues at the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences within “Repty” the General Jerzy Ziętek Upper-Silesian Centre for Rehabilitation and the Neurosurgery Hospital in Düsseldorf, we want to help people with paraplegia after spine injuries to regain their motor functions’, he added.
The opening of the Centre for Experimental Medicine was attended by Konstanty Radziwiłł, the Minister of Health and Social Care.
‘This is a great day for Olsztyn and another step on the way for Olsztyn to becoming a renowned centre for medical sciences. The Centre for Experimental Medicine is an important facility for students; thanks to it, Olsztyn is now among the leading centres of medical sciences on a global scale’, stressed the Minister.
The Centre for Experimental Medicine was named after Prof. Emil Behring, who was the first Nobel prize winner in physiology and medicine to come from East Prussia. He received the prize for inventing a vaccine against tetanus and diphtheria.
The five-storey building with a floor area of 1800 m2 houses: the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Department of Pathophysiology. There is also the Innovative Neurosurgery and Neurophysiology Unit in the Centre for Experimental Medicine. Moreover, the Centre is connected in terms of structure and function with the existing Laboratory for Stem Cell Research at the Innovative Neurosurgery and Neurophysiology Unit.
The Centre enables the scientists working at the Faculty of Medical Sciences to conduct experiments in: molecular biology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, blood microflow in the retina, toxicology, clinical haemophysiology, experimental studies in neurology and neurosurgery. Moreover, there are CCTV cameras in the operating rooms so that surgeries can be followed in real time by observers in seminar rooms.
The cost of construction and furnishing of the Centre amounted to PLN 23 million, 12 million of which was spent on the construction work and 11 million - on the equipment. The investment project was funded by a considerable subsidy from the Ministry of Health and from resources of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn.