The Basic-Applied Research Area is located on the fifth floor of the east wing of the Academic Health Centre of Austral University building, hosting the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and the Austral University Hospital. In addition, five years ago an area located in the mezzanine of the building was built for the exclusive use of the Gene Therapy Laboratory. An animal facility is located in a separate building. In laboratories equipped with advanced technology, thirty researchers strive to test hypothesis which will help to advance health sciences.
Research is one of the three pillars on which the task of the Academic Health Centre rest. Those who are fully dedicated to this activity are the germ, support, inspiration and foundation for other professionals at the Academic Health Centre. Much of the international academic recognition that Austral University currently has is due to the daily work of these professionals, whose publications are of high scientific prestige and as such position our University in the fifth place among institutions of Latin American higher education institutions. The Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and the Austral University Hospital contribute to the vast majority of the publications of the University (90% of them).
«One of the main functions of any university is to generate new knowledge«, said Dr. Marcelo J. Villar, President of the University. «In addition, and in parallel with this process, you must train new professionals to continue and deepen the road taken«.
The Basic-Applied Research Area is led by a Committee comprising of Drs. Juan E. Gallo, Angela M. Suburo, Guillermo Mazzolini and Pablo Brumovsky. They lead the various lines of basic-applied research being carried out at FCB.
For Dr. Suburo, the combination of teaching, research and medical practice that occurs in the Faculty benefits patients, doctors and students. «It favors the possibility of entering new technologies, leading to the production of original data and is an encouragement to the students«, she says.
«With a background in research the patient can be analyzed in a more systematic and updated way«, notes Dr. Pablo Brumovsky, adding that knowledge is «an element of power that defines where in the world stage one is«. In turn, Dr. Gallo highlights the role that research has as an essential impulse to place the institution at the forefront of medical care and to promote the advancement of science.
Main research lines are the following: