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Phylogenetic exploration of medicinal plant diversity

Objective

The MedPlant network will train young researchers in career enhancing approaches and techniques in biodiversity driven drug lead discovery, complimentary and entrepreneurial skills relevant for work in the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory bodies, NGOs and academia. The aim is to improve the students’ chances of employment and to strengthen Europe's research base through a collaborative training network, whose capacities greatly exceed those of each individual partner institution. MedPlant will familiarise the students with a range of state-of-the-art methodologies in biodiversity driven lead discovery, and provide cross-disciplinary and intersectorial training through network-wide training activities, collaborations and secondments. Researchers will also learn to address scientific and non-scientific audiences by dissemination and outreach activities. The scientific aim of MedPlant is to develop new approaches and technologies for selection and sustainable use of biodiversity resources for lead discovery and to develop new plant derived leads. MedPlant consists of leading European research groups, private companies, and public and non-public organisations with complimentary knowledge in this area. Collectively the partners posess critical mass of expertise needed to provide excellent training in biodiversity driven lead discovery. The number of new drugs coming to the market is declining and interest in lead discovery from natural resources is seeing a revival. However, although methods for isolation and identification of natural products have advanced explosively in recent decades, methods for selection of potential leads have hardly developed. Hence, training of a new generation of researchers in the proposed innovative field of biodiversity driven lead discovery is both timely and relevant, as it will contribute directly to the economic development and future welfare of Europe and will significantly enhance the employment prospects of the participants.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/employment
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 042 822,87
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)

Participants (9)

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 872 835,92
Address
Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
RG6 6AH Reading
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Miranda Joyce (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CAGLIARI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 495 667,92
Address
Via Universita 40
09124 Cagliari
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tiziana Cubeddu (Dr.)
HASKOLI ISLANDS
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 232 705
Address
Saemundargotu 2
101 Reykjavik
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sesselja Omarsdottir (Dr.)
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 270 243,16
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anna-Helena Brandhammar (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT ZURICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 271 833,76
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zürich
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Caroline Weckerle (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET BERN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 500 117,20
Address
Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Barbara Jarmann (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
EU contribution
€ 305 236,36
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Geir Arve Rogstag (Mr.)
ASTRAZENECA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 237 090,04
Address
Vastra Maelarhamnen
151 85 Sodertaelje
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Campbell Wilson (Dr.)
DR. WILLMAR SCHWABE GMBH & CO. KG

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 3 053,07
Address
Willmar Schwabe Strasse 4
76227 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Egon Koch (Dr.)