Science in Service of Rare Diseases


Strengthening the Research Potential of IMGGE
through Reinforcement of Biomedical Science
of Rare Diseases in Serbia – en route for innovation

IMGGE is an EU grant recipient under the work programme topic FP7-REGPOT-2012-2013-1 for the project “Strengthening the Research Potential of IMGGE through Reinforcement of Biomedical Science of Rare Diseases in Serbia – en route for innovation”- SERBORDISinn.


Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia (IMGGE) is the leading Serbian MG research institution, employing scientists with the highest expertise in molecular biology and molecular genetics. Research in the field of biomedical science of rare diseases (RD) is one of the major interests of IMGGE’s Laboratories.

EC-FP7-REGPOT Project SERBORDISinn will enable IMGGE to become the most recognizable molecular genetic (MG) centre in the Balkans. The Project will reinforce IMGGE’s research and innovation capacity by implementation of cutting-edge MG methodologies for the study of molecular markers of RD, establishment of Serbian and Balkan RD-specific databases and biobanks. This would be accomplished through exchange of know-how and experience with EU partnering organizations, experienced in the field of RD (trans-national two-way mobility will be realized through visits of eminent European experts, training of IMGGE’s staff in the EU partnering organizations and technology-related training for newly acquired equipment); reinforcement of human resources by creating new jobs for experienced researchers and technicians; upgrading and acquiring sophisticated research equipment (Next-Generation Sequencing System), to ensure high-quality research; gaining expertise on IP issues and networking with local hospitals and SME. Organization of workshops and regional conferences, dissemination and promotional activities will increase the visibility of Project achievements.

The implementation of SERBORDISinn will have an impact on unlocking and developing IMGGE’s research and innovation potential, improvement of public health in Serbia, strengthening of cooperation with local partners, Balkan and EU research institutions. SERBORDISinn activities will lead to the establishment of a high proficiency expert centre for MG studies of RD in IMGGE and to a real integration of IMGGE into the ERA.

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