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Centers of scientific excellence and supporting structures research activity at the Medical University of Gdańsk

The strength of the Medical University of Gdańsk is its modern research and clinical infrastructure (headed by the University Clinical Center). The university additionally establishes structures supporting science and knowledge transfer, which are a key element currently building a new quality of science at the Medical University of Gdańsk. These structures constitute the foundation for the development of science at the Medical University of Gdańsk and are a pillar of activities undertaken by the University as part of the “Excellence Initiative – Research University” programme with the overarching goal of the program, which is: “to improve the quality of scientific activity and the level of education quality, and consequently, raise theinternational significance of the university’s activities”.

The structures established before the implementation of new pro-development activities in the framework of the “Excellence Initiative – Research University” program include:

Translational Medicine Centre

In order to achieve innovative interdisciplinary projects focused on personalised medicine, MUG has established the Translational Medicine Centre in 2019. Tasks are fulfilled in the Centre through the application of the concept of translational medicine, which is understood as the method of the fast transfer of knowledge gained in an experiment to the daily clinical practice.

Early Clinical Trials Unit

ECTU is a structure established by MUG in 2019 with direct involvement of UCC. Because of ECTU, it is possible to complete clinical research on innovative drugs. The purpose of the ECTU is to succeed scientific research to assess the safety and effectiveness of up-todate therapies in all therapeutic groups, including but not limited to oncological and cardiologic as well as cardiovascular ones at an early development phase.

International Research Agenda of the Medical University of Gdańsk and the University of Uppsala, Sweden

To improve the international status of its research, MUG has intensified an effort on creating Centers of Scientific Excellence in its structures. An example of this activity is the International Research Agenda (IRA) established in 2018. It is a joint intercollegiate unit of MUG and the University of Uppsala, focusing on research on genetic aberrations acquired during a lifetime as a risk factor of cancer and other diseases. This unit was established owing to funds donated by the Foundation for Polish Science within the program of the International Research Agenda (IRA).

Platform of Imaging and Omics Analysis at the Department of Laboratory Medical Diagnostics – BioBank of the Medical University of Gdańsk

BioBank of the Department of Laboratory Medical Diagnostics (DLMD) at MUG is a unique structure of highly specialised laboratories with a biorepository adapted to translational research in a large scale. BioBank MUG is a strategic nodal biobank of the Consortium of Polish Biobank Network (PBN) BBMRI.PL, which operates under the patronage of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Technology Transfer Office

The intellectual property (IP) policy of MUG focuses on creating and disseminating knowledge and the optimization of benefits from the use of intellectual rights. The essential units at the University in the process of technology transfer and commercialization of intellectual property are the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) and the special purpose company of GUMed, Centre of Medical Innovations Ltd. (CMI Ltd.).

Centre of Medical Innovations Ltd.

Centre of Medical Innovations Ltd. is a special purpose vehicle company established by MUG in 2015 to manage intellectual property (IP) rights and, consequently, the commercialization of discoveries. The Company follows its agenda by acquiring shares in capital companies, establishing capital companies to implement results of scientific research and development work at the University.

The new structures supporting research activity at the Medical University of Gdańsk in the framework of the “Excellence Initiative – Research University” program:

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Center of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Analysis

The Center of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Analysis soffers a wide range of services related to the broadly understood biostatistical and bioinformatic analysis as well as big data analysis. The activity profile includes mainly support for projects based on high-throughput DNA and RNA sequencing (including single cell analysis), as well as other scientific initiatives that require processing of large amounts of data. Additionally, the activities of the Centre will include the use of artificial intelligence in the processing of imaging data and the classification of patient samples. One of the key initiatives of the Computing Centre is the Biostatistics Clinic, offering MUG employees and doctoral students the opportunity to discuss the optimal approach to statistical data analysis. The Computing Centre will provide researchers with professional support at every stage of research, from designing the measurement methodology, through data acquisition and analysis, to the final interpretation.

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Centre of Bioanalytics

As part of the Initiative of Excellence – Research University Program at the Medical University of Gdańsk, a new core facility is being created – the Center of Bioanalytics, whose main goal will be to cooperate with research teams of the MUG and UCK by supporting the process of scientific research and clinical trials in the field of analytics and bioanalysis, especially in the context of Priority Areas Research (oncology, cardiology and cardiovascular medicine as well as biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology). The Centre will employ analysts and bioanalysts, whose work will strengthen the interdisciplinary nature of research, development and implementation work carried out at the MUG and will enable the implementation of the above projects by external entities.

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Centre for Excellence of Scientific Publications

The scientific potential of the Medical University of Gdańsk is over a thousand researchers and over three hundred doctoral students, active in publications fields in the national and international scientific circuit. The Centre for Excellence of Scientific Publications was established with a view to them. As part of it, we offer comprehensive support in the field of communication of research results, in particular at various stages of preparation of scientific publications in English.


The structures established at the Medical University of Gdańsk to implement new pro-development activities also supported under the “Initiative of Excellence – Research University” program include:

International Research Agenda of the Medical University of Gdańsk and the University of Uppsala, Sweden

To improve the international status of its research, MUG has intensified an effort on creating Centers of Scientific Excellence in its structures. An example of this activity is the International Research Agenda (IRA) established in 2018. It is a joint intercollegiate unit of MUG and the University of Uppsala, focusing on research on genetic aberrations acquired during a lifetime as a risk factor of cancer and other diseases. This unit was established owing to funds donated by the Foundation for Polish Science within the program of the International Research Agenda (IRA).

Tri-City Academic Laboratory Animal Centre

The Tri-City Academic Laboratory Animal Centre is currently one of the most modern facilities of this type in Poland and is an innovative base that allows for world-class research on animals. TAZD – CBU GUMed covers an area of ​​1100 m2, within which there are two separate passages behind a sanitary and hygienic barrier with 14 rooms for laboratory animals, used for breeding and keeping them, as well as for performing treatments and experimental procedures; quarantine; treatment rooms and utility facilities along with a fully automated washing room and sterilization room.

Biorepository Network

The expanding collections of biological material can pose a challenge for their inventory and management. That is why we offer consulting assistance in matters of freezing mapping as well as organizing and electronic recording of the collected sample collections. An organized electronic sample register will facilitate collection management and enable quick and precise location of each sample by assigning them to a specific position in a box, rack, freezer shelf and freezer.

Clinical Research Support Center

The objectives of establishing the CRSC in years 2021-2026 are to consolidate activities aimed at developing a path increasing the quality of clinical trials and increasing the availability of patients to new therapies and treatment regimens.