International ophthalmic research centre to be created in Warsaw

The International Center for Translational Eye Research is to be built in Warsaw thanks to co-financing from the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) within the framework of the International Research Agendas programme.

Among the tasks of the new centre will be creating tools for early diagnosis of eye diseases. The project was chosen in a competition for the International Research Agendas programme and has received financing to the tune of almost PLN 35 million (EUR 8.1 million) over five years, the FNP announced in a communique sent to PAP on Monday.

"The International Center for Translational Eye Research (ICTER) will be established in Warsaw as an organisational unit of the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the Polish Academy of Sciences. The founders expect to have up to five independent research groups working in the centre. The Institute of Ophthalmology at the University College London (UCL) is the strategic partner of this project," the FNP wrote on its website.

The centre will be managed by world class scientists: Professor Maciej Wojtkowski from the Department of Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Professor Krzysztof Palczewski from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.