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New MDC Research Report Published

Prof. Birchmeier: “Abundant Experience in Bringing Together Basic Research and Medicine”

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch has published its latest research report. Spanning 236 pages, the 65 research groups of the MDC give an overview of their work in 2006 – 2007. “The thrust of work at the MDC,” as Professor Walter Birchmeier, MDC scientific director, wrote in his foreword, “remains to carry out high-quality research into the mechanisms that underlie cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, cancer and neurodegenerative conditions.” The Research Report provides survey articles in German and English of the main research activities of the MDC. The reports of the individual research groups, intended primarily for scientists, are in English.

Professor Birchmeier pointed out that the last 15 years have seen a great expansion in the tools and concepts with which researchers approach living systems. “It is easier now to connect the activities of genes and proteins to large-scale processes in the body.” Furthermore, he underscored the abundant practical experience the MDC and the Campus Berlin-Buch have accumulated in bringing together the two worlds of basic research and clinical practice.

Two examples for this are the Medical Genomics Center, inaugurated as a joint project of the MDC and the Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology (FMP), and the Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC ), which the MDC and Charité – University Medicine Berlin are constructing together for around 45 million euros. At the end of October 2007, the ground-breaking event took place for a building which will house an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) facility enabling full-body imaging of humans (at 7 Tesla) for medical research. At the same time, this marked the beginning of the first construction phase of the ECRC.

The MDC was founded on the Campus Berlin-Buch in 1992. It is a member of the Hermann von Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the State of Berlin provide the basic operational funding of the MDC – annually around 50 million euros – according to a fixed ratio of 90 to 10 percent, respectively. In addition, MDC researchers receive millions in grants from third parties.

The MDC currently has approximately 850 employees, of which 640 are scientists and cooperates closely with the Charité, the FMP and the biotech park on campus with its 50 companies and circa 550 employees. Altogether, approximately 2,400 people work on the Berlin-Buch campus.

To receive the latest research report, please request a copy from the MDC press office. It is also available on the Internet at:


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