SANKO University has its own distinctive conception of science and science policy. In our understanding of science, the priority is to equip young scientists working with us with the ability to consider and perceive both the parts and the whole simultaneously.
Today, developed countries such as the USA endorse an instructive model whereby basic education in science or engineering becomes an integral part of medical training, and these countries are re-shaping their own tradition of medicine.
Computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), gamma knife (radiation therapy that reduces tumors with gamma rays), endoscopy, robotic surgery, artificial heart valves, pacemakers, deep brain stimulation devices, hemodialysis, artificial hearts, stents, catheters, drugs, vaccines… These are products of the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer technology and engineering. We should not forget that they are “fundamental science and engineering products born out of the needs of clinical sciences”.
We too wish to create products required for clinical applications that are an improvement on those currently available. That is to say, not discriminating among the clinical sciences, basic medical sciences, fundamental science and engineering; we want to melt them all in the same crucible and produce new and more advanced goods.
55% of Turkey’s population is young, and our goal is for our country to become one of the major producers of creative ideas and new products.
As you know, one begins to learn a science by studying the problems that are considered solved in that science. If, on the other hand you set out to resolve an unsettled issue, then you may come up with new and improved solutions. In other words, if you could have solved the problem with existing means, it would not have presented a problem in the first place. This is also the case in medical science. What is required is both to thoroughly grasp the clinical knowledge necessary to treat the patient, and to correctly identify the needs of clinical science, and also to fulfill these needs by creating solutions better than the existing ones through the application of scientific and engineering principles.
Our thousand-year-old tradition of medicine epitomizes the conventions the West is trying to traditionalize today.
İbn-i Sina (Avicenna): philosopher, sociologist, mathematician, astronomer and medical scientist. Al-Biruni: philosopher, sociologist, geologist, mineralogist, pharmacist and physician. Razi (Rhazes): philosopher, chemist and physician. İbn-ül Heysem (Alhazen): philosopher, optical physicist mathematician and physician.
If the whole world today refers to these scientists from our past, and if science expresses what was learned from them, the main reason is the ability of these scientists to view problems as a whole, and to solve medical problems by thinking like engineers and applying analytic intelligence.
One of SANKO University’s science policies is to encourage what we can call translational science at our university. We must set forth very clearly the nature of the need our research stems from, and specify what the research will translate into.
In such a case, a project the scientist proposes will attract the attention of many funds such as the Sani Konukoğlu Foundation, TÜBITAK (Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council), and European framework programs like COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) and EACR (European Association for Cancer Research). In many cases, if the proposed project creates a new or improved product, it will lead to direct cooperation with industry.
For those who wish, we will also offer education on an elective basis in generating innovative medical products, bioentrepreneurship, new companies arising from the university, setting up a new company, intellectual property rights etc.
In short, a scientist must be able to translate his/her project into a thing of value to society that has commercial or human benefit, and must be able to find funding or a business partner.
In respect to research, “social value” such as improving people’s lives, “holistic viewpoint”, “clinical science” and “translational medicine” are the four most important criteria of our university.