At the opening ceremony of the 3rd World Laureates Forum, the WLA Community ushered the first batch of WLA Laboratories for International Cooperation.
The first batch of laboratories to be settled in the Community include the Kornberg Laboratory of Molecular Biology with the anti-infection and microbial resistance research as the main direction, the Lerner Immunochemistry Laboratory focusing on the development of immunity and immune related drugs, and the Dwek Glycobiology Laboratory pursuing the glycobiology three joint Laboratories for International Cooperation in the field of life science.
Kornberg Lab, headed by Professor Roger Kornberg, the WLA president and the winner of Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2006 at Stanford University, aims to establish an international joint laboratory for the prevention and control of infectious diseases and drug-resistant microorganisms. Based on the research of protein and amino acids, the Lab takes the major key issues related to human health in the field of life science as the breakthrough point, carries out the research on important biological functional proteins, related molecular machines, and the R&D of innovative drugs for infectious diseases based on eutectic technology and antibody technology, and analyses the structural coding of human genetic information.
Lerner Lab, chaired by Richard Lerner, the winner of Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 1994, former scientific advisor to the US president, and former president of Scripps Research Institute, is targeted at the R&D of innovative micromolecule drug discovery based on natural product DNA coded combinatorial library technology, monoclonal antibody immune drug discovery based on combinatorial antibody library technology, gene drug discovery based on CRISPR technology, and new cell therapy methods based on immune cell engineering technology and other key common basic sciences to meet the needs of diagnosis and treatment technology for major diseases, such as malignant tumour, infectious diseases, central nervous system diseases and autoimmune diseases.
Dwek Lab is hosted by Raymond Dwek, founder of glycobiology and director of the Oxford Glycobiology Institute. The goal of Dwek Lab is to build international joint laboratory of glycobiology, gather top research institutions and researchers worldwide, and carry out R&D on biochemistry, glycobiology - antiviral and targeted drugs, glycobiological diagnosis, glycoimmunology - cancer research, glycomicrobiome, glyconeurobiology and glycocyte signalling research.
It is planned to build ten WLA Laboratories in the first batch in the next three years, with "three in listing, three in construction and four in preparation". In addition to the aforementioned three laboratories, the construction of the listed laboratories will rely on universities and colleges in Shanghai, including the Levitt Laboratory of Computational Biology to be affiliated to Fudan University, the Sharpless Laboratory of Marginal Chemistry to be affiliated to Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Feringa Laboratory of Molecular Machine to be affiliated to East China University of Science and Technology.
The WLA Laboratories is an innovative research institute and laboratory cluster for international scientific cooperation and basic scientific research, initiated by the World Laureates Association relying on the agglomeration effect of the WLA Forum. It is the core project of the WLA Community and an open platform for training future leaders in science.
The WLA Laboratories is committed to pooling the wisdom of the world's top scientists, making collaborative innovation, and striving to promote the establishment of a community of shared future for mankind with scientific progress and social development focusing on the major global problems facing mankind.
With the mission of promoting basic science, facilitating international cooperation and fostering the growth of youth, the WLA Laboratories advocates comprehensive cooperation among the world's scientists by transcending ideology and politics, and aims to build a world-class scientific institution of the 21st century that can meet various challenges in the coming 10-20 years by collecting the strengths of all parties on a global scale.
The WLA Laboratories is an important achievement of the World Laureates Forum. At the 2nd World Laureates Forum in 2019, Wu Qing, Member of the Standing Committee of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee and Vice Mayor of Shanghai, and Michael Levitt, Vice President of WLA, unveiled the Base of the WLA Laboratories, marking a solid foundation for the laboratory construction. After the 2nd Forum, with the continuous promotion of the WLA, a list of intentions of 27 top scientists and 20 international joint laboratories has been formed.
The 3rd WLA Forum has also specially invited the main leaders from the world's top laboratories (research institutes), such as Scripps, Weizmann, and Cold Spring Harbour to hold the WLA Laboratory Forum to discuss the establishment and operation of the laboratories, and exchange talent introduction and training, research fund-raising, and transformation of scientific research achievements and other issues of common concern.
Attachment: Introduction to the first batch of WLA Laboratories to be settled