Dear Visitors, 

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Center of Excellence, a leading institution in biobanking and biomedical research at the University of Cyprus. 

Our journey began in 2011 when we established the Molecular Medicine Research Center (MMRC) at the University of Cyprus, the first research unit focused on developing pioneering cutting-edge research in human genetics. My colleagues and I built on our previous human and molecular genetics laboratory at the Department of Biological Sciences. The new task was fueled by competitive external funding from the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research Promotion Foundation.  

In 2019, with competitive funding by the EU, the government of Cyprus and the University of Cyprus, we substantially upgraded our facilities and transformed our vision into reality, creating the Center of Excellence in Biobanking and Biomedical Research. The Center includes the first Biobank, as a Medical Research Infrastructure, thereby creating the prospects for next generation medical research in Cyprus. 

At the core of our mission lies the creation of new knowledge to enhance human health. We are dedicated to contributing to the prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy of diseases. This dedication manifests in the meticulous collection, analysis, and preservation of biological samples accompanied by health data archived in our state-of-the-art Biobank. These invaluable resources constitute a national treasure, and serve as the foundation for scientific, diagnostic, and educational innovations. 

One of our paramount objectives is the study of the Cypriot human genome, a crucial reference for numerous projects focusing on rare monogenic disorders and complex multifactorial conditions. Our unwavering goal is to pioneer better understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of diseases and contribute to developing better treatments for all patients, always upholding the highest scientific and ethical standards. 

Within our Center of Excellence, we foster an environment of collaboration and innovation. Postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, UCY faculty, medical professionals, and seasoned researchers collaborate seamlessly, pursuing projects in translational medicine. Our doors are wide open to those who share our passion for groundbreaking research. 

We extend our invitation to individuals to join us as active participants in our projects.We also extend a special invitation to organizations, particularly those within the medical and pharmaceutical community of Cyprus, to join us on this transformative journey. 

Thank you for visiting us, and we look forward to having you as part of our innovative and impactful endeavors. 

Warm regards, 

Prof. Constantinos Deltas  

Director, Center of Excellence University of Cyprus