The MDC Mission

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) carries out basic biomedical research with the aim of understanding the molecular basis of health and disease, and translating these findings as quickly as possible into clinical application. The research involves the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, as well as their prevention.

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Research Highlights

Algorithms help navigate through the data thicket of biological systems

If one looks beyond individual molecules, biology quickly becomes complex. Computer scientist Uwe Ohler are using algorithms and mathematical models to map a path through this tangle of dependencies.


Breaking the bonds of pain

Slightest touch can evoke pain in patients suffering from nerve injuries. Researchers of the MDC now have suppressed this type of neuropathic pain in mice by applying a chemical substance to the skin. The method could work in humans.


Further research highlights


Alessandro Prigione: modelling mitochondrial disease

Moving from mitochondrial research to stem cell biology gave Alessandro Prigione new tools and perspectives. Now he has made a model of mitochondrial disease from stem cells with promising results.


Inducing an identity crisis in liver cells may help diabetics

Francesca Spagnoli's team reprogrammed cells from the liver of mice to become precursor cells of the pancreas by altering a single gene. The results could help diabetics in the future.


Of bits, bytes, and bacteria: a week of systems biology at the MDC

Pupils participating in the MINT Excellence Academy in "Systems Biology" visited the MDC this week. Twenty pupils have catched a glimpse of how researchers combine laboratory and computational science.


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