About Artemis One Health
What is Artemis One Health Research Institute?
Artemis is a non-profit organization devoted to advancing knowledge on infectious diseases affecting humans and animals, by unraveling mechanisms of pathogenesis, cross-species and intra-species transmission, and by developing effective intervention strategies.
The time is right
The emergence of new human and animal viruses with the potential to cause devastating outbreaks, and the spread of neglected viruses to previously unaffected areas makes preparedness, more than ever, an acute necessity. Most new infectious diseases originate from the animal world and changes in the environment represent an important driver of these emerging infectious diseases. Therefore, a “One Health” approach is the most efficient way to deal with these emerging threats. In other words Artemis was established at a time when it is needed most.
Important biological questions need to be tackled using a range of methodological approaches spanning traditional intra-disciplinary and disease-restricted boundaries. Novel technologies have enabled research to understand the fundamental biological processes involved in health, so we can understand why disease develops and how it might be prevented, diagnosed and treated. Artemis uses “innovative” technologies that lead to the understanding of how viral pathogens are involved in disease development, and subsequently to the development of safe and effective vaccines, diagnostics and therapies. “Innovative” technologies imply the use of not only the well-established sophisticated microbiological and immunological ‘toolbox’, but also the whole spectrum of cutting edge “omics” and systems biology technology to understand the host response to infection and identify pathways involved in development of disease. In addition, smart designs and new protein expression platforms are used to inexpensively produce new generation vaccines. Artemis One Health Research Institute embraces our “smart-tech” era not only to come with solutions for hitherto unsolved viral problems, but also to reduce “Research & Development” costs, which will benefit both the rich and the poor while improving their quality of live.
Progress is often linked to novel technologies, and technology development can be inspired and driven by the research process. Artemis has excellent core facilities and creative scientists committed to the development of new technologies that will allow us to better study the pathogen and the immune response mounted against it. Artemis One Health aims to grow to house a number of post-docs, PhD students and technical staff, necessary to perform the proposed research. Size matters in that it creates the critical mass necessary for successful multidisciplinary research.
Structure of Artemis One Health
Artemis joins forces with several national and international institutes to perform interdisciplinary research in order to understand and combat infectious diseases. The institute works in partnership with many stakeholders including government funders, foundations, academia, and the private sector. Artemis uses a translational approach to study viral diseases by bridging the gap between basic and applied research. The primary goal of Artemis is to understand the mechanisms of disease development by virus infections and to transform that knowledge into ways to effectively prevent, diagnose and treat these diseases by exploiting a highly collaborative, multi- and interdisciplinary research approach. Every Artemis project builds on multidisciplinary teams of world-class scientists, PhD students, technicians, veterinarians, and clinicians, directly profiting from their strong background in both biological research and clinical practice. The “One Health” approach has become the driving force of the Artemis research culture.
Artemis bases its state of the art health research activities on four pillars:
- Infrastructure: Artemis operates in a stimulating research environment with state-of-the art facilities and well-trained personnel who conduct the work.
- Faculty: Artemis’ scientists are involved in teaching and training of next generation medics, veterinarians, scientists and other health care professionals.
- Research: Artemis is actively involved in the design and execution of research on viral pathogenesis and intervention strategies, in addition to commissioning and funding this research.
- Valorization: Artemis has created unique, streamlined and simple systems for bringing research results to those who need them, thereby reducing organizational and research costs.
“Although it is extremely important to develop innovative tools and technologies to study the pathogenesis and develop new intervention strategies, like the use of vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics to combat viral diseases, currently there is too little funding available to realize this. The perceived lack of a market and return on investment appear to be the main reasons why companies are not investing in developing them”.
The vision of Artemis is to be an institute of academic excellence engaged in fundamental and applied interdisciplinary research on viral diseases to improve human, animal and ecosystem health. It therefore pursues the One Health approach, breaking barriers between disciplines and stakeholders.
Central to the Artemis scientific vision are its major, interlinked aims:
- Perform high-quality research in the One Health arena
- Maintain scientific excellence by continuously honing its research skills
- Train and develop future scientific talent.
- Translate scientific discoveries faster into tangible benefits for patients.
- Involve patients and the general public in research activities
- Contribute to policy for combatting neglected viral diseases
Artemis seeks to perform applied interdisciplinary research on infectious diseases to improve human, animal, and ecosystem health. To accomplish this mission, Artemis adopts five major responsibilities:
- Drive the development of innovative technologies to open new avenues of research
- Identify and participate in developing effective and timely prevention and response measures to emerging health threats.
- Study the fundamental biological processes underlying infectious diseases at all levels, from the molecule to the whole organism
- Educate biomedical and public health professionals in the field of infectious diseases
- To establish active collaboration with the “One Health platform” (www.onehealthplatform.com), national and international laboratories, hospitals, universities, research organizations, and by participating in fundraising activities and grant writing.
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