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Green Light for Four New Centres of Health Research

The decision has been taken: The German Centres of Health Research which are to be set up in the areas of infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases, lung diseases and cancer will involve more than 100 universities, university hospitals and non-university research institutions at 27 locations. Federal Research Minister Annette Schavan decided on the funding of four new centres on Friday after considering recommendations submitted by panels of international experts.

Federal Research Minister Dr. Annette Schavan. © Deutscher Bundestag

"The best researchers from university and non-university research institutions will cooperate on an interdisciplinary basis in the new centres. Our goal is clear: We want to bring new findings from medical research into hospitals and medical practices more quickly for the benefit of all patients", said Schavan. "The centres are the core of the Health Research Framework Programme which was recently adopted by the Federal Government."

Minister Schavan welcomed the planned scientific activities of the centres as an "internationally competitive and visible contribution towards fighting the most common diseases". The research activities will focus inter alia on improved prevention and diagnosis, individualized treatment and optimized care for patients.

Following their selection of the most proficient locations for the centres, the panels of international experts evaluated the overall scientific concepts of the selected partner locations in recent months and issued major recommendations for the scientific activities and funding of the centres. "The commitment of the experts has ensured a scientifically fair and transparent procedure for the selection and evaluation of proposals. I would like to thank all those involved for their valuable support", said Schavan. The criteria applied in the evaluation included the long-term vision and planned mission of the respective centre, the scientific excellence of the concept, the innovativeness of the joint research activities, the integration of basic and clinical research, and management structures.

The experts confirmed that the concepts drafted for all the centres demonstrate great potential for joint research activities in strategic areas. They recommend that work should now start to establish the four new centres. The overall concepts that were evaluated will be developed further in the coming months in order to ensure the optimum realization of the centres' missions. Scientific bodies will advise and support the establishment and operation of the centres. The Federal Government will provide approximately € 300 million between 2011 and 2015 for the establishment of the four new centres.

The German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and the German Centre for Diabetes Research (DZD) were established in 2009.

The participating partners in Baden-Württemberg are listet bolow. A catalogue of all partners can be find on the website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

German Centre for Lung Research (DZL)

Heidelberg:
Joint proposal by Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, the Thorax-Klinik of Heidelberg University Hospital, the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) in Heidelberg and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Heidelberg.

German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK)

Heidelberg/Mannheim:
Joint proposal by Heidelberg University Hospital, the Medical Faculty Mannheim of Heidelberg University, the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) in Heidelberg and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Heidelberg).

German Consortium for Translational Cancer Research (DKTK)

Freiburg:
Joint proposal by Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology in Freiburg.

Heidelberg:
Joint proposal by the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg University Hospital and the National Centre for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in Heidelberg.

Tübingen:
Joint proposal by Tübingen University Hospital and Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen.

German Centre for Infection Research (DZIF)

Heidelberg:
Joint proposal by Heidelberg University Hospital and the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) in Heidelberg.

Tübingen:
Joint proposal by Tübingen University Hospital and Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen and the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen.

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