The programme is based on several different research groups at Karolinska Institutet and Umeå University and was started in 2010 with support from the government through the "SFO" funding scheme (the Strategic Research Area, SRA, initiative) and co-funded by KI and Stockholm County Council during 2010-2015 in the theme center initiative.
By forming an integrated research environment in diabetes and metabolism the Strategic Research Programme in Diabetes at Karolinska Institutet (SRP Diabetes) has become a Swedish knowledge hub in this area. The programme translates results between experimental and clinical science to improve the care and treatment of people with diabetes. SRP Diabetes came out very well in the international evaluation in 2015 (number one in life sciences) and the programme has since received continued support by the government through the SFO initiative.
The overall goal of SRP Diabetes is to improve both prevention and treatment of diabetes by forming a strong, integrated research environment in the diabetes field, rich in collaboration, communication, and scientific exchange.
Specifically, the programme aims to:
- Develop and support common research infrastructures such as a Metabolic Phenotyping Centre for Diabetic Animal Models, a Centre for Clinical Metabolic Research in Diabetes, a Beta Cell Imaging Facility and support for Functional Genomics in Diabetes Research (bioinformatics)
- Increase interactions between the research teams of the programme by supporting collaborative projects and arranging common symposia, meetings and seminars
- Support PhD education within the research areas connected to the programme
- Increase translational research by supporting collaborative projects between experimental and clinical researchers
- Increase international contacts
- Increase the interaction with the biotech and pharmaceutical industry
- Support commercial utilization by providing in-house expertise and money for business development by linking to the Karolinska Institutet Innovation system
The programme coordinate laboratories possessing substantial expertise and unique technical resources, thus affording a natural point of contact for collaboration within the diabetes area, both for researchers within Karolinska Institutet and Umeå University as well as with external researchers.
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