BMBF Initiative “German Centres for Health Research”

The goal of the six German Centres for Health Research (DZG) is to combat particularly common diseases - the widespread diseases - more effectively. Founded between 2009 and 2012 on the initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the centers (how it all began) bring together non-university research and university partner institutions from all over Germany.

The number of people suffering from or newly diagnosed with widespread diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular, metabolic, infectious, pulmonary or neurodegenerative diseases continues to be a cause for concern.

In the DZGs, scientists work together to ensure that research results reach medical care and thus patients more quickly.

The DZGs have been working closely together since the beginning, including in the areas of biobanking, artificial intelligence, data management, promotion of young scientists, public relations, prevention, global health and regulatory aspects of clinical trials.

RESEARCH FOR HEALTH – under this motto, the German Centres for Health Research publish the SYNERGIE magazine twice a year and report on projects and successes in translational research.

The SYNERGIE magazine is available online  all issues
The printed edition can be subscribed to at

MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY - The path from a molecule that emerges in basic research as a promising remedy for a disease to a finished drug can be difficult.

The medicinal chemists at the DZG Expert Center for Medicinal Chemistry help DZG scientists from biomedical research to better and faster realize their idea for a drug.