Basic Science Research
Our research teams seek to answer the fundamental questions in basic science, physiology, and generation of disease and health, in pursuit of discovering new avenues of science and technology to help people suffering from incurable diseases. Our approach to basic science research slightly differs from the “mainstream” approach, and it is properly explained in the words of Albert Szent-Györgyi, Nobel Laureate scientist renowned for isolating Vitamin C, and discovering the components and the steps of citric acid “Krebs” cycle:
“Wilhelm Oswald divided scientists into the classical and romantic. One could call them also systematic and intuitive. John R. Platt calls then Apollonian and Dionysian. These classifications reflect extremes of two different attitudes of the mind that can be found equally in art, painting, sculpture, music, or dance. One could probably discover them in other alleys of life. In science, the Apollonian tends to develop established lines to perfection, while the Dionysian rather relies on intuition and is more likely to open new, unexpected alleys for research. Nobody knows what “intuition” really is. My guess is that it is a sort of subconscious reasoning, only at the end result of which becomes conscious…
…These are not merely academic problems. They have most important corollaries and consequences. The future of mankind depends on the progress of science, and the progress of science depends on the support it can find…
… A discovery must be, by definition, at variance with the existing knowledge…”
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1937
Translating scientific discoveries into cures have recently emerged as a distinct field of its own. Translational research aims to take the accumulated scientific knowledge and data, and build new therapies, treatment modalities and procedures to address critical unmet medical needs. Our focus is to combine the discoveries generated by the research conducted in our laboratories, the cumulative knowledge and data shared in the field by our fellow scientists, and the passion that drives us to help change people’s lives for better when all hope is gone.