The key objective of the federal government’s health research programme is to improve efforts to more effectively fight serious diseases that are widespread in the population. To create the necessary conditions to achieve this goal, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is establishing the German Centres for Health Research as long-term, equal partnerships between non-university research institutions and universities with university hospitals.
The German Centres for Health Research shall bundle existing expertise and thus make a significant contribution to closing knowledge gaps and improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of these diseases. The research policy objective is the close collaboration of basic research with clinical research – always oriented on patient needs and indications. The close ties and the associated expansion of existing research structures will enable translational research and thus a faster transfer of research findings into clinical practice.
The strategic collaboration of leading scientists in the German Centres for Health Research shall sustainably strengthen Germany as a science location in the international competition, clearly increasing its attractiveness for young researchers in Germany and abroad.
The German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases and the German Center for Diabetes Research were already founded in 2009. The DZHK is being launched in 2012 along with the German Centre for Infection Research, the German Consortium for Translational Cancer Research and the German Center for Lung Research.
The six German Centres for Health Research have been working together from the start in order to share experiences and exploit synergies, especially in the initial phase.