Reykjavik University and the University of Iceland sign cooperation agreement for research in neuroscience
On Thursday, March 19th, the Rector of the University of Iceland (HI) and Reykjavík University (RU) signed a contract between the School of Science and Engineering at RU and Life Sciences Center at the University of Iceland to collaborate on their research in life sciences at the universities where Zebra fish have been used for experimentation.
Eric Steingrímsson, Professor of Health Sciences, University of Iceland, Kristín Ingólfsdóttir the rector of the University of Iceland, Ari Kristinn Jónsson, Rector of the University of Reykjavik and Karl Aegir Karlsson, Professor of Science and Engineering.
Neuroscience research at Reykjavik University is becoming noticed in academic circles for their work on Zebra fish. Researchers have been developing technology to conduct measurements that can be used for a variety of research. The Biosciences centre at the University of Iceland, is a forum for research groups engaged in molecular biology research in order to promote sharing equipment and facilities and build a strong core in biological sciences support activities. The activities of the centre includes not only research groups within the University of Iceland, but a number of other institutions. The Life sciences centre has recently built a so-called crisps technology to genetic changes and will provide expertise on genetic modification of Zebra fish to the research.
Together, researchers at the University of Iceland and Reykjavik University, will use these facilities and technology to mimic human diseases in Zebra fish, perform research on the effects of the genes that are important in this respect, and lie in the systematic search for drugs that could benefit from the diseases. The technology will be used for research in molecular biology, neuroscience, evolution and behaviour and will enhance the understanding of how genes and the environment affect organisms. The institutions will contribute to the financing of operations with research grants and subsidies for the purchase of equipment.
"This collaboration RU and HI is a positive and good step in promoting further research and development in the fields of life sciences…with this agreement we support better access of researchers to facilities for research, strengthen cooperation on projects and last but not least, provide an even better framework for students in research programs in this field, "says Ari Kristinn Jónsson, rector of the University.
"The Operations Life Sciences Centre at the University of Iceland, which operates the Health Division, is a good example of interdisciplinary collaboration, both within and outside the school, which has led to opportunities for and increased performance. This has enable the development of a powerful team of scientists and students with an emphasis on infrastructure development, sharing of equipment and strengthening cooperation across disciplines. We welcome the agreement signed today with the University and the opportunities that are provided for researchers and students of both universities. We are looking forward to subsequently monitoring Zebra fish and how they are useful in the study of the nature of the disease and new ways of administration. “says Kristín Ingólfsdóttir, the rector of the University of Iceland.