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Launching of the Centre for the Unknown

  1. 1.10.2008

    Seeking a place for Portugal among world’s scientific elite

    October 5th 2008 marked an historic occasion not only for the nation of Portugal but also for the Champalimaud Foundation. As Portugal commemorated the anniversary of the creation of the Portuguese republic, work began on the Champalimaud Foundation’s new centre for cutting-edge translational research.

    At an historic ceremony held in Lisbon the Prime Minister of Portugal, José Sócrates, laid the first brick of the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown. Prime Minister Sócrates said that “this centre will be a Portuguese Centre that hosts scientists from all over the world” and he went on to to affirm that “this project will fill Portuguese people with pride.” Also in attendence at this symbolic event were the Minister of Health, the Minister of Education, the Minister of Public Works, the President of the Municipal Council of Lisbon and the Indian architect, Charles Correa, who designed this state-of-the-art facility.

    The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, comprising 60,000m2, will be a multidisciplinary centre for translational research, focusing on the fields of neuroscience and cancer research. The centre will include laboratories for basic and clinical research, an ambulatory care centre, a vivarium, an auditorium, conference rooms and other teaching facilities and also an exhibition area. The state of the art facilities for basic and clinical research and for teaching will foster front line research in molecular biology, genetics, immunology, neurosciences and behaviour, and oncology, as well as post-graduate and doctorate programmes, and the diagnosis and treatment of neurological and cancer patients. The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, which will be based in a historic location of Lisbon, will serve as a hotbed of scientific talent. The Centre will host outstanding faciltities and conditions in order to attract the best researcher, clinicians and doctors from Portugal and around the world.

    The project of the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown was designed by the architect Charles Correa and expresses the objectives of fostering scientific excellence and of celebrating the historic maritime Portuguese “discoveries”. The Centre will open on October 5th 2010 to coincide with the centenary celebrations of the Portuguese Republic in what will be a significant day in remembering Portugal’s past and looking forward to its bright scientific future.

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