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Thomas Sommer (MDC) congratulates Berlin University Alliance on winning the Excellence Competition

The Berlin University Alliance has won the Excellence Competition. Thomas Sommer, Scientific Director (interim) of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), congratulated the alliance, which includes three Berlin universities and Charité University Hospital.

"The Berlin universities are excellent and have won the German competition! We at the MDC congratulate our partners, the three universities and the Charité. We are extremely pleased that top-level research in Berlin can now be expanded even further," said Thomas Sommer, Scientific Director (interim) of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC).

The science metropolis of Berlin, with its excellent universities and many renowned research institutions, is now becoming even more attractive.
Thomas Sommer
Thomas Sommer Scientific Director of the MDC (interim)

"The decision is an important signal for our city. The science metropolis of Berlin, with its excellent universities and many renowned research institutions, is now becoming even more attractive. It can develop a pull for talents and young researchers from all over the world. It shows how valuable and rewarding it is to work well together and join forces instead of competing as a lone fighter. ‘Crossing boundaries’ was the motto of the successful Berlin University Alliance. It spurs us all on, the entire research landscape in Berlin," said Sommer.

The MDC is one of the world's leading biomedical research centers, attracting talent from all over the world - about half the researchers are from foreign countries. This expertise in basic research and translation flows into Berlin's universities and Charité in many ways. For example, most professors at the MDC also hold a chair at a Berlin university. The MDC, along with the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH), is part of the Neurocure Cluster of Excellence, involved in Math+, and participates in numerous graduate schools.

Contact

Jutta Kramm

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association
Head of the Communications Department

Phone: +49 30 9406 2140
jutta.kramm@mdc-berlin.de or presse@mdc-berlin.de

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC)

 

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) was founded in Berlin in 1992. It is named for the German-American physicist Max Delbrück, who was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. The MDC's mission is to study molecular mechanisms in order to understand the origins of disease and thus be able to diagnose, prevent and fight it better and more effectively. In these efforts the MDC cooperates with the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH ) as well as with national partners such as the German Center for Cardiovascular Research and numerous international research institutions. More than 1,600 staff and guests from nearly 60 countries work at the MDC, just under 1,300 of them in scientific research. The MDC is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (90 percent) and the State of Berlin (10 percent), and is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. www.mdc-berlin.de