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Veterinary Research Centre created in WULS-SGGW

A Veterinary Research Centre was created at Warsaw University of Life Sciences. It is a complex of laboratories equipped with the most modern apparatus. In the Veterinary Research Center at WULS-SGGW, primary research aimed at solving current problems relevant to the field of biomedical and veterinary research will be conducted, as well as implementation studies will take place. The opening of the Veterinary Research Centre was inaugurated by Professor dr hab. Alojzy Szymański, the Rector of WULS-SGGW, dr Marek Sawicki, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Professor dr hab. Zdzisław Gajewski, the Director of the Department of Large Animals Diseases with the Clinic, the Director of the Project: Instrumentation, Veterinary Research Centre.

Veterinary Research Centre was funded in the framework of the Operational Programme of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship 2007-2013, Priority I. "Creating the Conditions for the development of innovation potential and entrepreneurship in Mazovia" Action 1.1. Strengthening the Research and Development Sector. The total cost of the purchased equipment amounted to nearly 15 million PLN Gross. 85% came from the EU, and 15% from the reserves of the Specific Budgetary Allowance.

All rectors of the university, as well as the authorities of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine together with Professor dr. hab. Marian Binek, research staff and students of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and administration staff of WULS-SGGW  took part in the inauguration ceremony of the Veterinary Research Centre. The Marshal of the Mazovia,  Adam Struzik, was the guest of the ceremony. It was also attended by scientists from Poland and from abroad, from universities and institutions cooperating with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of WULS-SGGW.

Professor Alojzy Szymański, the rector of the WULS-SGGW said during the opening ceremony: "The characteristic of implementation studies is that they require modern equipment. Therefore, WULS-SGGW is continually expanding its laboratories. This allows us to conduct joint research on a global level with many domestic and foreign universities." Rector Szymański thanked all the people and institutions that have supported the activities of the university aiming at finalizing the project.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Marek Sawicki said: "For many years, WULS-SGGW has been an indicator of progress and development. I'm glad that at this university w can present another modern research center, which will contribute to the development of scientific research and the implementation of its results into practice" .

The Marshal of the Mazovia, Adam Struzik stressed the importance of the EU funds for the development of the Mazowieckie voivodship. After the ceremony, the gathered guests visited the laboratories. Each laboratory was presented in detail by the Faculty of Large Animal Clinic and clinic specialists who cooperate with the clinic from other universities and research institutes. Among other issues, equipment and the research possibilities of the laboratory were discussed.

The international conference "Future of Life Sciences and Biomedicine", devoted to the role and achievements of Professor dr hab. A. Zięcik for  the development of science was an important event opening the activity of the Veterinary Research Centre. The conference was attended by many famous visitors from research institutions in Poland and abroad, including Professor Ilpo Huhtaniemi (Imperial College London); Professor Nafis Rahaman (University of Turku); Professor Marek Zygmunt Greifswald (Germany); Professor Bernd Hoffmann University Giessen Germany, prof. Mordechai Shemesh (Israel), prof. Andrzej Górski, the Vice President of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Transplantation, Medical University of Warsaw and Ludwik Hirszfeld Institute of Immunology and Experimental Sciences.

The WULS-SGGW Veterinary Research Centre becomes yet another place at the University of Life Sciences which is equipped with the most modern apparatus. The Veterinary Research Centre collaborates with research centers in Poland and abroad. Numerous research units have filed letters of intent for cooperation, among them: Nicolaus Copernicus University, Collegium Medium in Bydgoszcz, Institute of Biotechnology and Biophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Department of Cardiac Surgery from Children’s Memorial Health Institute in Warsaw, Department of Neurosurgery Centre of Medical Centre of Postgraduate Education in Warsaw, Institute of Transplantation, Medical University of Warsaw, Department of hypertension, Medical University of Warsaw, Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research, Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn, Department des Sciences Fonctionnelles , Faculte de Medecine Veterinaire, Universite de Liege, Belgium , Department für Nutztiere, Universitä Zürich , Swietzerland ; Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia , University of Shizuoka , Shizuoka-ken, Japan, Klinik für Geburtshilfe , Gynäkologie und Andrologie der Groß – und Kleintiere mit Tierärztlicher Ambulanz, Universitaet Giessen, Germany.

The aim of the project of Veterinary Research Centre (VRC), was to equip the integrated complex of laboratories with the apparatus for animal studies at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of WULS-SGGW, which is to be used for modern research in the field of medicine and veterinary medicine in physiology and pathophysiology of animal and human diseases (where the animal is understood also as a model for human), as well as for  research of diseases that threaten public health. According to the reviewers and to the opinions of representatives of research institutions from Poland and abroad, the project is characterized by substantive value and benefits for the environment and region resulting from it are expected. This was an important element to recognize it as a strategic project for the Mazowieckie Voivodship. It is anticipated that it will have a significant impact on improving the graduates’ preparation to work in the profession, allowing them to conduct modern scientific research and applied research in the field of veterinary, medical and biotechnological science.

Due to  the purchase of the unique scientific instruments including confocal microscope with a white laser; creating a nanotechnology laboratory with the scientific cooperation of, among others, the Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics; the introduction of modern telemetry equipment to study in vivo and in vitro; upgrading the existing diagnostic methods, it will be possible to realize research projects at the highest scientific level in collaboration with the leading scientific institutions in Europe and in the world, which was expressed in the letters of intent from these units.

Animal studies, in compliance with all standards and ethical restrictions can serve as an appropriate model to study the physiological and physiopathological phenomena in the field of medical and veterinary sciences. In this context, similar  functions of many development systems e.g. of pigs and human, make the animal a valuable model species for studying human physiology and pathophysiology. The apparatus for in vivo studies must meet the current requirements of GLP and GCP. Without the apparatus, it would be impossible to confirm the studies on cell lines by relevant research conducted on the whole animal, taking into account factors such as, i.a. physiological, natural cyclic organ activity, the blood flow and the function of the nervous system, as well as the hormonal status, thereby making it impossible to make a holistic inference.

In biomedical implementation research, animal models are essential for understanding the working mechanisms of new drugs and biologically active ingredients, as well as  for exploring their new activities and adverse effects, which is impossible to grasp only with the use of in vitro techniques. Chronobiological research requires a separate comment, taking into account not only the chronophysiology, but also dynamically developing sections of pharmacology. The created laboratories of Nanoengineering, Biotechnology, Telemetry, Genomics and Proteomics,  Mini-invasive surgery, Trace elements, Flow cytometry, Tissues and cells breeding meet these expectations.

The overall objective of the project is to accelerate the development of veterinary medical and biotechnology science in Poland and to bring it closer to the level of the high developed countries. The direct objective is to develop innovative research in the area of ​​clinical and physiological sciences, based on modern research techniques, corresponding to the highest world standards.

The results will be published in reputable  JCR  journals. The application papers will be claimed by patents and implemented within the diagnosis and treatment of animals and human diseases, within breeding in the broad sense and within nutrition.

A crucial element of the project is implementing the latest research methods into the current educational program for students of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and of  the University. Students will have the opportunity to have classes in modern laboratories and in the operating room, equipped with the latest apparatus, with the use of transmission systems in the didactic process. In the labs, work on bachelor, master and doctoral theses will take place, in collaboration with scientific institutions of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

The material was developed in collaboration with Professor Dr. hab. Zdzislaw Gajewski, the director of the Department of Large Animal Diseases with the Clinic and the project manager of the WULS-SGGW Veterinary Research Centre.