The European Advanced Transnational Research InfraStructure in Medicine
Medical translation of basic research discoveries into clinical applications has turned out to be a major challenge for the European research area. A major bottleneck is the fragmented nature of basic and clinical research infrastructure, leading to unnecessary delays and difficulties in drug development or the implementation of new diagnostic strategies.
EATRIS – European Advanced Translational Research InfraStructure in Medicine – is a strategic EU project that aims to offer a research infrastructure to help overcome bottlenecks currently hampering the transfer both of basic research findings into clinical application and of clinical observations to basic research. In a unique partnership, governmental and scientific organisations form the EATRIS consortium to develop a master plan for setting up the provision of an infrastructure on a European level. The EATRIS idea is to organize under one roof multidisciplinary, creative work atmosphere, open labs, comprehensive modern equipment, scientific and legal expertise with central facilities and services and a translational research curriculum.
EATRIS will enable a faster and more efficient translation of research findings into the development of innovative strategies for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases which are of particular relevance for European member states and that have a high medical and economic burden.
German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ), Germany
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI), Germany
Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), Italy
Centre for Translational Molecular Medicine (CTMM), The Netherlands
University of Oslo (UiO), Norway
University Hospital Vall d'Hebron (FIR-HUVH), Spain