The strength of the Medical University of Gdańsk is its modern research and clinical infrastructure (headed by the University Clinical Centre). 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 at the Medical University of Gdańsk to implement new pro-development activities also supported under the “Initiative of Excellence – 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 Centre
The activity of ECTC is aimed at conducting clinical research at the early stage of developing innovative therapies, especially in Priority Research Areas of the Medical University of Gdańsk, as defined in the “Excellence Initiative – Research University” Program. These scientific studies evaluate the safety and efficacy of therapies in numerous therapeutic areas, specifically oncology, hematology, cardiology, neurology and connective tissue diseases.
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. BBMRI.PL is a member of the European Network of Biobanks: Biobanking and BioMolecular Recourses Research Infrastructure (BBMRI-ERIC.EU) – the largest European scientific biomedical organization (European Research Infrastructure Consortium; ERIC).
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 Centres 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 University Animal House – Research Service 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.
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 Centre
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.
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.).
Researchers Support Centre Office
The MUG is an efficient university relying on high organisational culture, supported by modern management methods. One of the assumptions of the “Initiative of Excellence – Research University” Program at the Medical University of Gdańsk is to increase the effectiveness of scientific research by reducing the administrative burden on researchers. The MUG’s unit implementing the assumptions of the IDUB Program in this area is the “Researchers Support Centre” Office, on the basis of which the Centre for Service Excellence will be established in the future.