GermanCancer Research Center: Largest biomedical research institute in Germany
The German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) is the largest biomedical research institute in Germany. More than 3,000 staff members, including 1,000 scientists, are investigating the mechanisms of cancer and are working to identify cancer risk factors. They provide the foundations for developing novel approaches in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. The DKFZ is a member of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers.
In 2003, DKFZ, Heidelberg University Medical Center, and Heidelberg Thorax Clinik together established Germany’s first comprehensive Cancer Center: The National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg was launched with the mission of combining optimized interdisciplinary patient care with excellence in translational cancer research.
Within the National Consortium for Cancer Research, DKFZ acts as the nationwide hub for excellent partners from Germany’s University Medical Centers. The consortium is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Cancer Aid.
The DKFZ’s Office of Technology Transfer works at the interface between research and industry. By securing, marketing and licensing patented and non-patented research results obtained at DKFZ, the Office helps to facilitate the introduction of novel products including anti-cancer drugs, diagnostic assays, and research tools.
Strategic alliances with Siemens Healthcare and with Bayer-Schering Pharma are aimed at developing new imaging diagnostics, new methods of radiotherapy, and innovative substances to treat cancer.
The more than 90 divisions and Junior Research Groups are allocated to 7 Research Programs: • Cell Biology and Tumor Biology • Structural and Functional Genomics • Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention • Tumor Immunology • Imaging and Radiooncology • Infection and Cancer • Translational Cancer Research. Core Facilities: • Genomics and Proteomics • Microscopy • Information Technology • Chemical Biology Core Facility • Animal Laboratory Services • Library
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