Named after an illustrious physician who founded the National School of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, in 1857, „Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, the most prestigious and some of the oldest universities in Romania, was ranked in 2018 among the top 500 best universities in the world. Throughout history, doctors and teachers from “Carol Davila” University founded four medical specialties worldwide while the Faculty of Medicine of the University is the place where insulin was isolated for the first time by Nicolae Paulescu in 1921, leading to a controversy in award of the 1923 Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine. Among the famous graduates and professors of Carol Davila University are the Nobel Prize laureate, George Emil Palade described as “the most influential cell biologist ever”, Ioan Cantacuzino, Victor Babes, George Marinescu, Carol Davila himself and many others.
It is on such prestigious foundation that Rector Ioanel Sinescu, a reputable physician and surgeon, announced the building of a new medical academic and research center: “The new campus represents an academic partnership with Charité Complex in Berlin, through which we will build a new and modern hospital that will hold 3 000 beds, similar to Charité Clinic in Berlin. Along with this there will be scientific research institutes for faculties and hospital, with learning spaces, recreational and green areas, sports facilities for students and staff. The project is called “Carol Davila Academic Medical City” and it will be located in Mogosoaia, in the vicinity of Bucharest with many connections with Bucharest and the region. The project is realized with European funding and sponsorships and donations. In 5 years’ time all the educational facilities, faculties, dormitories, research institutes will be ready and fully functional as well as a section of the hospital. The whole complex will be completed within 8 years. It will represent the “golden standard” for all the integrated medical education with state of the art medical assistance, with scientific research in biomedicine, students and residents exchanges between Romania and Charité University and so on. This will make us attractive for the education in medicine, for both Romanian and foreign students, and medical tourism as well”.
GREAT ADVANTAGES FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS, ACADEMIC STAFF AND PATIENTS
Classified as an advanced research and education university by the Ministry of Education the “Carol Davila” University is already using the facilities of over 20 clinical hospitals all over Bucharest. This allows the University’s students and highly qualified and specialized staff to engage in on-site education, research, medical or academic practice. Upon the completion of the “Carol Davila” Medical University City the advantages for students and staff will increase enormously. Rector Ioanel Sinescu, explains: “The centre is intended not only for Romanian students, but also for foreign young people who want to study medicine, farmacy and dental medicine, as well as for patients from other geographical areas that will find a suitable treatment here, for Romanian and foreign residents. All of them will benefit from the state-of-the-art German breakthrough technologies and equipment as the new medical university complex will resemble a lot with Charité Centre from Berlin having the additional advantage of being newer. All the facilities will be included: restaurants, hotels, recreational areas, leisure activities. Mogosoaia city will be completely transformed to fit a medical university and research centre”.
EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARTNERSHIPS AND INVESTMENTS IN MEDICAL FIELD
In recent years, Romania has benefited from a growing recognition as a regional and global provider of research and innovation. Large multinational companies have decided to set up research centers in Romania, such as Renault Technologie Roumanie or Continental R&D Center. In the medical sector, “Carol Davila” Medical University City will open new doors for companies and organizations interested to benefit from the unique mix of modern research infrastructure and highly specialised staff. Rector Ioanel Sinescu points out, “This project will represent a huge potential for investments. I welcome European and global partners, particularly in the farmaceutical field, medical and biomedical areas as we will cover all specialties of such domains. Many future partners and other parties have raised interest in supporting this project therefore we will create a Foundation that will function as a tool for this project to help us attract sponsorships and donations”.
A similar science city is already taking shape in the proximity of Bucharest, the Laser Valley-Land of Lights, set up in Magurele. It will host the most powerful laser in the world developed under the Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics research infrastructure of pan-European interest and part of the European ESFRI Roadmap. The applications of nuclear physics in medical and biomedical fields are becoming increasingly popular and Rector Sinescu is looking forward to cooperating with the scientists from Magurele: „The advantages resulted from this collaboration will be endless: we will test new technologies and they will improve them. In this way everyone will benefit, the students, the patients, the researchers”.
UROLOGICAL SURGERY, DIALYSIS AND KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION BASED ON SCIENCE, PROFESSIONALISM AND BEST PRACTICE
Widely published author and editor of a four-volume “Treatise on Urology” launched in 2008, Prof. Ioanel Sinescu is president of the Romanian Association of Urology and belongs to a number of international urological organizations. Since 1997, he has headed the Centre for Urological Surgery, Dialysis and Kidney Transplantation at the Fundeni Clinical Institute. Besides his Rector and Professor positions with “Carol Davila” University, Dr. Ioanel Sinescu is also practicing surgery at Fundeni Institute. The above Center has a decisive role in the creation of the “Carol Davila” Medical University City. Dr. Ioanel Sinescu explains: „It is the sole center in Europe that covers all the 13 super-specialties of urology. The advance of science can be seen in the way that patients are treated: laparoscopic approach, laser technologies, endourologic procedures etc, thus avoiding the invasive urologic surgical interventions. The classical urology as we know it has changed dramatically and, with the help of science, new technologies have shortened the diagnostic process. In Romania, when it comes to the field of urology, the doctors are super-specialized abroad and then return to our country bringing the state of the art knowledge, being familiar with all the new technologies, in such way that all the patients have the best chances to be given the right diagnose and treatment. The Centre is a duplicate of the biggest institute in the world, “Cleveland Clinic Foundation”, where all the medical activity is divided in super-specialties”.