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Making research tangible and understandable often requires more than text. That's why we produce videos about science at the Max Delbrück Center.
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Science and art have a lot in common, at least when you look at it from Anita Waltho's perspective. In the second episode of “LUNCH BREAK“, she talks cellular trash, creativity in science and Berlin-Brandenburg's lakes.


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Ian Erik Stewart doesn't like to completely give up work in his free time. Together with other scientists, he founded "EDGE" - an organisation dedicated to make neuroscience understandable through art. He reveals more in our new "Lunch Break" video series.



For his pioneering research on childhood cancers, researcher and physician Dr. Anton Henssen receives the Young Investigator Award at the Berlin Science Prize 2020. The award was presented by Berlin's governing mayor in front of the Rotes Rathaus on July 22.


Since the beginning of June, Fabian Coscia has been leading the junior research group Spatial Proteomics at the MDC. He uses artificial intelligence to analyze the #proteome of tumor cells - in other words, the totality of all proteins produced by #cancer cells. He now wants to develop this method further in the #MSTARS project.


In Berlin, many events are currently taking place outdoors due to Corona. These include the action days at "Wissensstadt Berlin" (City of Knowledge Berlin) on the square in front of the Rotes Rathaus (Red City Hall), which invite visitors to find out about science and, for example, to take part in a laboratory Olympics.


Highly sensitive ultrasound devices, state-of the-art MRI scanners, germ-free climatic chambers: The MDC’s Preclinical Research Center creates the best conditions for necessary animal testing in medical research, making sure animals suffer as little as possible and reducing the number of animals used to a minimum.


A new gene-editing technique can be used to correct mutations in muscle stem cells, paving the way for the first potential cell therapy for genetic muscle disorders. The ECRC team led by Professor Simone Spuler has published its findings in the journal "JCI Insight".


This year, the #Helmholtz Association celebrates the 200th birthday of Hermann von Helmholtz. Under the affectionate nickname #HäkelHermann, a crocheted doll in the Helmholtz look explored some of the member institutes - including the #mdcBerlin. There it went into the laboratories of the AG Junker, which deals with "Quantitative Developmental Biology". More in the video!


For many people, the day begins with a glance at the current incidence value. Researchers at #mdcBerlin can now determine this a few days in advance. All they need are two vials full of wastewater from Berlin's sewage system. The scientists have been studying Berlin's wastewater since February 2021. Together with the Berliner Wasserbetriebe (BWB), they want to find out what is living in the sewage pipes.

Why does it take so long for new therapies to emerge from basic research? This is a question that researchers at the MDC and beyond encounter frequently. For us it was also the starting point for a film: 

A long and winding road – a film with Thomas Blankenstein, Elisa Kieback, Mathias Leisegang, Antonio Pezzutto and Wolfgang Uckert. (with English subtitles)

Further information on the film 

Further videos

Corona research at the MDC

MDC researchers answer COVID-19 questions


The consequences of genetic engineering and CRISPR/Cas: Do we want to live forever?

Emilia Tikka was an artist in residence at MDC in 2018. Her artwork and a subsequent conference are documented in our videos.

The result of Emilia Tikka's artist residency on the topic of gene editing at the MDC and the science behind it: the artwork, a mini symposium and a panel discussion.

Breaking Boundaries


Inspiring female scientists at the MDC

In 2018, the Berlin Institute of Health Research accompanied female scientists to gain insight into their research.

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Lectures at the MDC

Every now and then, high-profile guests speak at the MDC. Their talks are documented here.

The talk of nobel laureate Thomas Südhof at the MDC

Long Night of the Sciences

Every year, we open our laboratories for the Long Night of the Sciences. Highlights: The science show "Real or Fake" and the storytelling format "The Bear".


Our research

MDC scientists provide insight into their research.


History of the MDC

Our research center and the campus are full of history.

Science in the center: in 2019, we ceremoniously opened a new building in the heart of Berlin, giving us a second location. The ceremony begins with an address by German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel.

My 9th of November

Thirty years after the nonviolent revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall, the MDC publishes eyewitness accounts, memories and reflections of staff members..

Advent Calendar

MDC scientists talk about their work, vacation plans and Christmas traditions.