New laboratories at the House of BioHealth
On 4th May 2015, the Board of Directors and the Management of Luxembourg Institute of Health invited to the inauguration of its new premises at the House of BioHealth in Esch-sur-Alzette. The Minister of Health Lydia Mutsch and the Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research Marc Hansen were present for this important event.
The institute now offers entirely new laboratories to its researchers that better suit their needs and will allow the development of new research projects and collaborations. During the ceremony, the institute presented its future missions and invited to a guided tour through the building.
The year 2015, at the beginning of which the CRP-Santé became the Luxembourg Institute of Health, represents a milestone in the history of the biomedical research institute. Restructuring at the level of the departments had been undertaken to focus research on three main areas: cancer, infection and immunity as well as population health. The moving of about a third of the staff from three different locations to the House of BioHealth is one of the major changes aimed at enhancing scientific excellence and international visibility.
Upon decision of the Board of Directors in June 2014, the Laboratory of Analytical Human Biomonitoring located on the university campus in Limpertsberg moved in December 2014, followed two months later by the Department of Infection and Immunity for which one part was located near the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg and the other in Luxembourg-Verlorenkost. The research units now have almost 900 m2 office space and 2,000 m2 laboratory space. This includes a biosafety level 3 laboratory of 400 m2 for conducting experiments with infectious agents. Part of the national platform flow cytometry was also transferred. Hence, the House of BioHealth now contains state-of-the-art equipment for cell analysis that is unique in the Greater Region.
During her official speech, the Minister of Health Lydia Mutsch emphasised on the excellent infrastructure of the House of BioHealth. In addition, she proudly announced that the presence of the institute in Esch-sur-Alzette will contribute to further increase the attractiveness of the region as a research cluster. She explained however that this relocation is only a temporary solution. ‘The institute currently remains scattered over several sites, but the Government is actively searching for a more optimal solution.’ she promised.
Marc Hansen, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, mainly focused his speech on the new possibilities for fostering collaborations between public research organisms and private partners. ‘The relocation should contribute to increase the socio-economic impact of public research in the future’, he stated.