The strategic goal of TIREX is to place Koç University School of Medicine at the forefront of Transplant Immunology Research, Development and Innovation by the establishment of a Transplant Immunology Research Centre of Excellence, anchored in Istanbul.

The Centre will entail the vision and ambition to:

(i) fully leverage on the considerable national and South-Eastern Europe potential in the research and clinical field of transplant immunology,

(ii) liaison and act as a Key Knowledge Hub to link local and regional research capacities in the field with the main European Centres of Excellence;

(iii) provide a direct interface with well-established international research and clinical communities in particular in Middle-East and Asia, and

(iv) effectively address the health, demographic change and wellbeing societal national, regional and European challenges through successive scientific advancements.

The Centre of Excellence that will be developed through TIREX will aim to bring the Turkish research in Transplant Immunology closer to the entire Europe. It will also constitute an important regional Centre of Excellence for South-Eastern Europe, connecting ERA with Asia and Middle-East countries, while also meeting the regional, national and European priorities. Thus, the TIREX ERA Chair project is expected to create an example and a point of reference, generating great opportunities for KU and improving its attractiveness as a leading research destination for top-class researchers.