Molecular probes for biology research and drug discovery

d have access to the complete genetic information of not only humans, but also of model organism like the mouse and rat. Also, the genetic information present in important nutrition plants like beans and rice is known. However, to make the promises of the genetics research reality, it is required that biology and chemistry form an alliance", says Herbert Waldmann, director at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology and coordinator for this multi-institute-spanning initiative of the Max Planck Society. "The CGC is currently the most important research initiative in its field in Europe. Especially the participation of the pharmaceutical industry is unique and enables research projects, normally not pursuable by universities or research institutes."

The build-up of the centre is endorsed by the Max Planck Society with a total of 5 million euro for an initial period of 5 years. This should enable the instalment of several junior research groups and support the research activities at the participating institutes. Furthermore pharmaceutical companies will participate as funding and research partners, financing additional research groups. All research groups will be hosted in the new labs of the Biomedical Centre Dortmund, in the immediate vicinity of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology.

The research groups supported by the companies will perform basic research on new, currently not sufficiently explored, areas for which, however, great potential for drug development is foreseeable. An example could be the pharmacologically oriented investigation in the interactions between proteins involved in the signal transduction pathways in the cell, leading to new approaches to modulate these interactions.

"The CGC creates a dynamic and inspiring research environment for all participants", states Herbert Waldmann. "Research will start in the summer of 2005 and it is already predictable that this will lead to very interesting a

Contact: Dr. Herbert Waldmann

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