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Developing the Partnership with Argentina

The new Max Planck Partner Institute for Biomedical Research

(PresseBox) (München, ) Today in Buenos Aires, Max Planck President Peter Gruss joins the President of Argentina Christina Kirchner and the Argentinean Minister of Science Lino Barañao in opening the new Biomedical Research Institute of Buenos Aires - CONICET - Partner Institute of the Max Planck Society (IBioBA-MPSP).

A contractual agreement to establish a joint Partner Institute for Biomedical Research was reached as long ago as 2007, to be sponsored by the Max Planck Society and the Argentinean Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET). After several years of construction, a new building housing the Partner Institute now stands on the former site of the well-known Bodega GIOL in the Palermo district of Buenos Aires. The Argentinean Minister of Science Lino Barañao describes it as "a symbolic building - not just for Argentina, but for the entire region. It is intended to be open to researchers from throughout Argentina and other Latin American countries, with a particular emphasis devoted to interdisciplinary work."

The Institute has set itself the primary goal of researching the molecular and cellular mechanisms in physiological and pathological processes, with a particular focus on identifying the molecular basis of diseases and potential new treatments.

To this end, the scientists are pursuing an interdisciplinary approach, particularly in their cooperation with other research institutions located on the "Polo Cientifico" in Buenos Aires. The emphasis is on modelling and chemical biophysics with the objective of finding new types of biomedical tests and treatments. All of the research work is also planned in close cooperation with the Max Planck Institutes. Close collaboration is currently in progress with the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich.

In addition, the Institute will also be focusing on providing training, for example for post-docs, and attracting Argentinean scientists back from abroad. Researchers who have previously worked in the USA, Spain and at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich will in future be employed at the Partner Institute.

The Max Planck Society has been cooperating with Argentina for some years at various levels, including five Partner Groups. Founding Director of the new Partner Institute, Eduardo Arzt, has also been an External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry for a long time.

Since 2005, the Max Planck Society has operated another Partner Institute together with the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai.