The National Centre of Translational and Clinical Research (NCTCR) is a national research infrastructure formed by the University of Tartu, Estonian University of Life Sciences and Tartu University Hospital in 2010. NCTCR was formed by University of Tartu, Estonian University of Life Sciences and Tartu University Hospital in 2010 to enhance health research in Estonia. From the same year, NCTCR belongs to the list of Estonian Research Infrastructures Roadmap. Since 2021, NCTCR is a Research Infrastructure of National Importance (TT6), supported by the Estonian Research Council.
The general aim of NCTCR is to improve the quality and innovation in health research in Estonia. The Centre brings together researchers working in different areas in health research and combines competencies from diverse areas of medical research. NCTCR is a partner for the state, businesses and society to provide expertise in the field of health research.
The mission of NCTCR is to ensure a high-level medical research and efficient medical innovation in Estonia. In order to accomplish its mission, the Centre develops and maintains high-level internationally recognized infrastructure for medical research. NCTCR aims to be a professional partner to various stakeholders (companies, government agencies, health care institutions, other organisations) and advise them in the field of health research.
As a result of the first period (funded by the European Regional Development Fund), the University of Tartu established the Laboratory Animal Centre, which is specialized in preclinical research and works with animal models and in vivo visualization of diseases.
At the Estonian University of Life Sciences, health research is concentrated in the Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences.
The aim of the second period (2017-2020, funded by the European Regional Development Fund) was to establish the Clinical Research Centre at the University of Tartu and at the Tartu University Hospital to support clinical research and to develop the centre’s services.
As a result, the total NCTCR’s structure ensures the technologies and strong support system needed for the preclinical and clinical field. This enables to organize high standard health surveys in Estonia, which will improve our international impact.