The planning of the Wallenberg Laboratory started in the late 1970s. Although the medical faculty in Gothenburg had a strong research tradition within the field of cardiovascular research, the resources were not integrated and the research facilities existed at different locations all over the hospital and in the preclinical institutions. The philosophy of the Wallenberg Laboratory was to gather the cardiovascular research into one location and to integrate basic research with clinical research − a scientific approach that we today refer to as translational medicine.
In 1980, the Wallenberg Foundation donated 10 million SEK to the building of an experimental cardiovascular laboratory. This was later followed by a 10 million SEK donation from Astra to support clinical research in the laboratory.
When the laboratory opened in 1987, it housed five research groups with different disciplines and coming from different institutions within the faculty.
These five groups ensured that the Wallenberg Laboratory was immediately recognized on the world map as an excellent center for cardiovascular research. These original groups have been followed by many outstanding researchers who have maintained the tradition of excellence.
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