MDC Lab Coats

Joint Research Groups


Dr Michael Sieweke’s group is based at the Centre of Immunology Marseille-Luminy (CIML) in southern France since Autumn 2012 as part of the Helmholtz-INSERM Franco-German cooperation initiative. The group is co-funded by the MDC and INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale). For more information about the group and their research, visit the group webpage at the CIML website.


Helmholtz International Research Groups are collaborations with foreign partner institutions that carry out research in fields of common interest. They are funded jointly by the Helmholtz Initiative and Networking Fund and the partner institution abroad, initially for a period of three years.  In addition, there are Helmholtz-CAS Joint Research Groups (in cooperation with the Chinese aacademy of Sciences) and the Helmholtz-Russia Joint Research Groups (in cooperation with the Russian Foundation for Basic Research). The Moscow office and the Beijin Office of the Helmholtz Association can provide the advice and support where necessary.

    Helmholtz International Research Group “Role of Kinins in Obesity” (2013-2016), Prof. Bader, Dr. Natalia Alenina (both MDC) and Prof. João B. Pesquero (Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil), co-funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation  FAPESP.

You can find out more from the MDC press-release.

    Helmholtz-CAS Joint Research Group "Optogenic evaluation of central cardiovascular control" (2015 - 2018), Prof. Bader (MDC) and Prof. L. Wang (Shenzhen Key Lab of Neuropsychiatric Modulation, CAS).
    Helmholtz International Research Group “Metabolism and Neurodegeneration” (2013-2016), Dr. Schmidt and Prof. Willnow (both MDC) and Dr. Kjolby and Prof. Nykjaer (MIND, Lundbeck Foundation, Aarhus University, Denmark)

          For more information please visit the goup's web-site and read the MDC press-release.


- Helmholtz-Russia Joint Research Group “Possible Beneficial Effects of TNF and/or Lymphotoxin Ablation in Carcinogen-induced and Sporadic Cancer, as Studies in Mice”   (2011-2014), Prof. Blankenstein (MDC) and Dr. Drutskaya (Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow).

- Helmholtz-Russia Joint Research Group “Derivation of germ line competent rat ES cells for gene targeting” (2007-2010), Prof. Bader and Dr. Alenina (both MDC) and Dr. Tomilin (Institute of Cytology, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg).