• Mission

    The most important goal of the DZHK is to make research findings available as quickly as possible to all patients in Germany and to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

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  • Shared Expertise

    The scientists of the different DZHK partner sites provide their colleagues at other partner sites with scientific competences or laboratory methods in the context of at least bilateral projects.

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  • Clinical Studies

    DZHK-research focusses on clinical studies, registers and cohorts involving all 17 clinical site partners. Also non-DZHK-member-institutions include patients in DZHK-studies.

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Why clinical research is important

Without clinical trials, there is no progress in medicine. Our new Youtube video explains why patient support is key to developing new treatments.

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Members of the DZHK among the most cited researchers

In 2019, eleven researchers of the DZHK are among the one percent of the most cited scientists worldwide.

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Cholesterol in youth - more heart attacks in old age

An elevated cholesterol level in the body increases the long-term risk of suffering a heart attack, especially for young people.

5.12.2019 Forschungsnews >

A small molecule protects the heart

An enzyme from the fat metabolism produces a protein fragment that protects the function of the heart.


1,200 genomes for comparison

We sequenced the genome data of 1,200 healthy volunteers. "DZHKomics- 1200 Genome" is available to scientists worldwide for research purposes.