Swedish and Dutch organisations agree to research collaboration

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(l-r): Ernest Spitzer (ECRI managing director), Claire Ren (Cardialysis echocardiography supervisor), Maria Eriksson Svensson (UCR executive director), Lars Wallentin (UCR founder), meeting at UCR in Uppsala.

The Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR) and the European Cardiovascular Research Institute (ECRI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), aimed at furthering cooperation on clinical research in the field of cardiology between Sweden and The Netherlands.

The MoU was signed in Stockholm on Wednesday, 12 October at the the SciLifeLab during a state visit by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of Sweden, and in the presence of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, the King and Queen of Sweden. Also present were the Swedish Minister for Education Anna Ekström and Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science Robbert Dijkgraaf.

As well as cardiology, the MoU also covers clinical services and advanced biological therapies such as gene and cell therapy.

UCR is a clinical academic research organisation in Sweden, while ECRI is a non-profit research organisation which aims to promote and execute collaborative research in cardiology derived in large-scale, multi-national, non-commercial, investigator- sponsored research.

“We will continue to pursue opportunities that help advancement of medical technology and techniques that enable to benefit health outcomes,” Stefan James, scientific leader, UCR, says of the agreement.

“This strong scientific collaboration enables us great opportunity to tackle future health challenges in the best possible way regarding research and development,“ adds Maria Eriksson Svensson, executive director at UCR.

“The pace of innovation in practical day-to-day issues in cardiology can be expedited by collaborative leadership and by appreciating the strengths and qualities of committed, top-quality organisations. UCR and ECRI share goals and values, and it is timely and sensible to develop further our cooperation,” Ernest Spitzer, managing director, ECRI, comments.


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