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.

Research Highlights

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Personalized medicine: T cells fight cancer

A very promising approach in fighting cancer is targeting mutations of cancer cells. Scientists at the MDC now can explain which mutations are suitable for therapy and why cell culture tests are sometimes not enough.

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Blood vessels sprout under pressure

It is blood pressure that drives the opening of small capillaries during angiogenesis. A team of researchers led by Prof. Holger Gerhardt of the MDC observed the process for the first time and published their findings in Nature Cell Biology.

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Campus in Motion

Campus in Motion

On your bikes, get ready, GO! April 29 marks the kickoff of this year's Green Campus Initiative, "Mobility," brought to you by the MDC and CampusVital. The goal is to get us moving.

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Oscillations determine whether blood vessels grow thicker or branch

As blood vessels grow, the cells that compose them must make a choice between forming side-branches or expanding the vessel surface and increasing its diameter. Now Prof. Holger Gerhardt at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) and his international research teams have made a crucial disovery about this process: the cells can behave as a collective, moving in the same direction together.

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MDC laboratory animal report for 2015

The MDC has informed the Berlin State Office for Health and Social Affairs (LaGeSo) of the number of test animals it used in 2015, which has changed only slightly in comparison to 2014. A total of 40,121 animals were used and killed in the course of experimental research in 2015; of these, 90 percent (36,799) were mice.

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