The Institute of Biological and Translational Medicine was formed in 2013 and brought together 9 preclinical departments and the center of laboratory animals. The aim of the institute is to perform biomedical research by studying basic concepts and by translating these results into clinical practice. The institute is responsible for the preclinical teaching curricula for the students of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, and participates in residency training after medical studies and in master and doctoral studies. For its teaching and research tasks, the institute works together with partner institutes at the university, Tartu University Hospital, Estonian Genome Center, students, healthcare specialists and other medical organizations.
The departments at the institute have diverse research interests with focus on molecular medicine that studies the causes and mechanisms of diseases and applies this knowledge in their prevention, diagnostics and treatment. The institute is oriented toward international high quality research with outcomes in innovative solutions for healthcare and with strong basis for medical education. The priority in preclinical teaching is to develop skills of analytical thinking and to give comprehensive understanding of the functioning of human body among future specialists in medical field. The preclinical teaching is carried out in classical auditorium style and in modern lab premises.
The laboratory animal center comprises top-level infrastructure to develop and study advanced disease models and to combine these research areas with modern bioimaging technologies. The laboratory animal center is a partner in European infrastructure network EATRIS and provides services for drug development via its technologies, equipment and scientific expertise.