Human Technopole in sintesi
Human Technopole is Italy's new research institute for Life Sciences, based at the heart of MIND - Milan Innovation District. MIND will include the new Galeazzi Hospital center, the science campus of the University of Milan and Fondazione Triulza, a lab-hub for social innovation and sustainable development.
Human Technopole will promote human health and well-being through an interdisciplinary approach to health and aging.
The interdisciplinary approach
Human Technopole will develop personalized approaches, both in the medical and the nutritional field, aimed to fight cancer and neuro-degenerative diseases by integrating large scale genomics with the analysis of complex data systems and the development of new diagnostics techniques.
The institution will have an interdisciplinary approach based on the creation and sharing of knowledge to promote innovation in healthcare. An approach that will combine different topics: from genomics to translational and basic research, from big data analysis to the introduction of new analytical methods, from nutrition to the search of new sustainable technologies in agriculture, from the development of medical devices and innovative diagnostic tests to the processing of socio-economic data for providing new analytical solutions for the public policies decision makers.
Centers and Facilities
Human Technopole will consists of seven research centers and four scientific facilities structures, that will provide services and technologies to support the research. Each center will include its own laboratories and will collaborate with universities, research centers and hospitals.
The first areas of research currently being developed are:
It will pursue research aimed at uncovering the complex mechanisms governing gene expression and how heritable genetic information translates into phenotypic traits. Applied to humans, and in the context of so-called ‘precision medicine’ this type of research can be instrumental in identifying molecular targets and markers for disease prevention, early detection and personalised treatments.
Neuro Genomics Center
It will be committed to introducing and applying precision medicine to neurodegenerative diseases, focusing on Alzheimer, Parkinson, Amiotrofic Lateral Sclerosis and related pathologies.
Structural Biology Center
It will aim at gaining precise knowledge of the structure of macromolecules, which is essential to understand how they function. Structural biologists at Human Technopole will seek to characterize the 3D structures of targets generated by other Centers to understand their functions and mode of action, as well as for drug discovery endeavors.
Computational Biology Center
It will support and integrate with research pursued by the Centre for Genomics. It will take computational and bioinformatics approaches to study disease-associated biological processes, mainly by developing advanced technologies, novel algorithms and software for computational simulations and big data analysis.
A joint project with the Politecnico di Milano. It is envisioned to develop original research at the intersection of computer science, mathematics, statistics, artificial intelligence, and socioeconomic sciences. The aim is to analyse in an integrated fashion large-scale genomics data, personalised medicine and lifestyle data, and information generated by the healthcare system on treatment effectiveness and ultimately economics.
Central Genomics Facility (F1)
Advanced technological instruments for the study of the human genome, including last generation sequencers.
Imaging Facility (F2)
Advanced electronic microscopes.
Data Storage and High-Performance Computing Facility (F3)
National infrastructure for data storage. It will provide High Performance Computing solutions in order to manage hundreds of petabytes produced every year by personalized medicine approaches.
Common shared services facility (F4)
Laboratories and services shared by all the research centers.
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