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King’s College London is one of the top 30 universities in the world (2011/2012 QS international world rankings), the Sunday Times ‘University of the Year 2010/11′ and the fourth oldest in England.

The Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology

The TwinsUK resource is the biggest UK adult twin registry of 12,000 twins used to study the genetic and environmental aetiology of age related complex traits and diseases. TwinsUK was set up by Professor Tim Spector, Consultant Rheumatologist in 1992 using grant funding from the Wellcome Trust and Arthritis Research Campaign (ARUK) and it is currently based at the Department of Twin Research, King’s College London.

Nordic Bioscience Nordic Bioscience discovers and develops innovative medical treatments to help millions of people around the world suffering from serious, chronic, degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

Since its incorporation in 1989, Nordic Bioscience has strived to revolutionize in vitro diagnostics enabling the Company to discover and design innovative drug development programme.

The Company has launched state-of-the art immunodiagnostic tests such as CTX-I and CTX-II for quantitative assessment of bone and cartilage loss, respectively, and currently Nordic Bioscience has more than 30 novel biomarkers in late stage development.

Mediacal research CouncilThe MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (LEU) was established in 2010, under the direction of Professor Cyrus Cooper, following a reconfiguration of the forerunning Epidemiology Resource Centre (ERC).

The mission of the LEU is to provide a centre of excellence which uses epidemiological methods to promote human health.

The LEU retains an emphasis on three broad research themes: (1) musculoskeletal ageing; (2) cardiovascular disease and the metabolic syndrome; and (3) work-related illnesses.

University of OuluThe University of Oulu is an international research and innovation university engaged in multidisciplinary basic research and academic education.

The University of Oulu is one of the largest universities in Finland with an exceptionally wide academic base. Internationally pioneering research is conducted as a collaboration of different disciplines.

The University cooperates closely with industry and commerce, and has broad connections with hundreds of international research and educational institutions.

The strengths of University of Oulu are its broad academic base, top-level research in its chosen focus areas, and quality education. The University promotes advanced research, education and culture, and strengthens the knowledge and skills base leading to enhanced well-being. Its activities ensure the availability of a highly-trained specialist workforce and research capacity.

The Institute of Communications and Computer SystemsThe Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS) is a non profit Academic Research Body established in 1989 by the Ministry of Education in order to carry research and development activities in the fields of all diverse aspects of telecommunications , computer systems and techniques and their application in a variety of areas such as transceivers, radar and generally electromagnetic sensors, satellite and wireless communications, electromagnetic phenomena modelling, neural networks, systems, software and hardware engineering, Telematics and multimedia applications, Transport applications, Control systems, Robotics, Biomedical engineering, Electric power Renewable Energy Sources and Distributed Generation and management systems.

The personnel of ICCS consists of a number of Research scientists and more than 500 Associate scientists (including PhD students). The research carried out in ICCS is substantially supported by SECE University Professors. There are many research_units and laboratories presently active in ICCS. ICCS is very active in European co-funded research activities and has been the project manager of many EU projects in various programs (e.g. EC, ISIS, RACE II, ESPRIT, IES, ACTS, INFOSEC, BRITE-EURAM, STRIDE, MIP-Informatics, Telematic Applications, IST, GROWTH, QoL, JOULE, ENERGIE, 6th FW etc) in all of the above mentioned research areas.

Austrian Institute of Technology

The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology is an Austrian research institute with a European format and focuses on the key infrastructure issues of the future. The AIT, which comprises five independent and performance-driven departments (Energy, Mobility, Health & Environment, Safety & Security and Foresight & Policy Development), works in close collaboration with industry and customers from public institutions, striving to increase their added value through innovation and new technologies.

AIT is strategically positioned as a key player in the Austrian and European innovation system by performing applied research for and enabling the market exploitation of innovative infrastructure related solutions. This functionality of “bridging the gap between research and technology commercialisation” is seen as a fundamental role for commercialisation of new technologies and strengthening economic development.

Tataa BiocenterFounded in 2001 by pioneers in qPCR, TATAA Biocenter is Europe’s leading provider of gene expression profiling services and world’s prime organizer of hands-on training in quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) and other molecular techniques to quantify nucleic acids. The company offer comprises the entire field of qPCR services, including commissioned services and research projects, hands-on training, and highest quality products.

Seibersdorf LaboratoriesLocated near Vienna, Seibersdorf Laboratories GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and comprises a selected team of long term experienced experts. The history of the company dates back to the 1950s.

Under the brand name Seibersdorf Laboratories the team provides high-quality laboratory services as well as solution-driven Research & Development. Experts in the areas of ionizing radiation, radiation protection, electromagnetic compatibility, laser and optical radiation, radio-frequency engineering, chemical analytics and toxicology cultivate an environment of interdisciplinary cooperation and offer one-stop solutions. They enjoy world-wide recognition and are leading members of various international committees.

Erasmus MC ( is the largest university medical centre of the Netherlands covering all specialities. The Genetic laboratory of the Department of Internal Medicine has a strong background in studying endocrine determinants of disease, both clinically and experimentally. The Genetic Laboratory aims to identify and analyze the role of genetic risk factors in common age-related complex diseases (complex genetics). The focus is on locomotory diseases (osteoporosis and osteoarthritis) and other endocrine diseases and traits (diabetes, menopause, CVD), and involves candidate gene analyses as well as Genome Wide Association (GWA) studies in large cohorts, most notably the Rotterdam Study (n=15,000) in which a GWA scan, genomewide methylaton with the Illumina Infinium 450k array and extensive metabolomic  data have been generated. In addition, the Genetic laboratory has a medium to high throughput service facility for DNA/RNA isolation, performing genotyping, methylation assays, and performing sequencing (see