Molecular Epidemiology in Life Sciences Accountability (MELISA) Institute
MISSION AND BELIEFS
The MELISA Institute is a private non-profit institution for advanced biomedical research. It is the result of an academic research initiative of the same name that integrates modern clinical epidemiology methods with advanced techniques in molecular biology. MELISA stands for Molecular Epidemiology in Life Sciences Accountability and it was founded in the city of Concepción, south of Chile. Our Institute performs integrative biomedical research in collaboration with investigators from a number of universities, hospitals and laboratories.
A foundational goal of the MELISA Institute is to generate technologies with the ability of identifying the presence of the human embryo during early pregnancy and to develop experimental non-invasive embryonic therapies in utero for Trisomy 21, a genetic anomaly that is responsible for Down Syndrome. For this purpose, our institute counts one of the most advanced laboratories (MELISA Lab) to perform basic biomedical research in Latin America. Our Division of Basic Sciences incorporates modern technologies in molecular biology, cellular biology and biochemistry. In addition, our Divisions of Epidemiology and Clinical Medicine are committed to advance in other major subjects, such as maternal health, abortion prevention, fertility, regenerative medicine, and cardiovascular research.
The MELISA Institute is supported by different sources of funding, including local and international research grants, resources provided by non-profit foundations and some generous donors interested in our research lines.