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A new institute for precision medicine is being established

A new institute for precision medicine is being established

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The groundbreaking ceremony for a new center for precision medicine was held today on the campus of the Medical University of Vienna – the Eric Kandel Institute. In the future, research on personalized and digital medicine will be conducted on an area of ​​about 6,000 square metres.

The new building will house several highly specialized research units. Personalized and digital medicine are considered one of the most important scientific trends of the twenty-first century. Digital advances in medicine make it possible to identify different conditions in the body, for example through genome sequencing or molecular imaging.

Medical University of Vienna/Hormandinger

Eric Kandel attended the groundbreaking ceremony via video message

Personalized measures can be used for many health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, mental illness, cancer, metabolic, respiratory or infectious diseases.

Space for about 200 researchers

It is expected that about 200 researchers will work in the new institute from the end of 2026. For example, about 500 square meters have been allocated to computer-aided biomedicine projects, technology platforms and a biobank.

It is named after the expelled Nobel Prize winner in medicine

The new institute is named after Eric Kandel, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2000 for discovering chemical and structural changes in the brains of all learning organisms, from snails to humans. Kandel was born in Vienna in 1929. In 1939, after Austria was annexed by National Socialist Germany, he had to emigrate with his family to the United States of America and obtained American citizenship in 1945.

In 2009, Kandel became an honorary citizen of the city of Vienna. In 2012, he received the Grand Silver Medal of Honor with the Star for Services to the Republic of Austria. In 1994, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Vienna, and in 2018, he received an honorary doctorate from the Medical University of Vienna. Kandel lives in New York.

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