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Strong cooperation with Weizmann Institute of Science

No. 54c | 23/10/2018

from left to right.: Michael Baumann, Chairman and Scientific Director DKFZ, Daniel Zajfmann, President Weizmann Instituts, Eran Elinav, Head of the bridging division, Josef Puchta, Administrative Director DKFZ
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DKFZ and the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) wish to combine their strengths and establish a strong cooperation in cancer-related microbiome research. Both institutions agreed to establish a bridging division at DKFZ. Eran Elinav, Professor at WIS, will receive the status of a Visiting/Guest Scientist at DKFZ and will head the bridging division from beginning of 2019. The main focus of the bridging division will rely on cancer-related microbiome research and collaborative projects together with other DKFZ groups.

The German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) with its more than 3,000 employees is the largest biomedical research institute in Germany. At DKFZ, more than 1,000 scientists investigate how cancer develops, identify cancer risk factors and endeavor to find new strategies to prevent people from getting cancer. They develop novel approaches to make tumor diagnosis more precise and treatment of cancer patients more successful. The staff of the Cancer Information Service (KID) offers information about the widespread disease of cancer for patients, their families, and the general public. Jointly with Heidelberg University Hospital, DKFZ has established the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg, where promising approaches from cancer research are translated into the clinic. In the German Consortium for Translational Cancer Research (DKTK), one of six German Centers for Health Research, DKFZ maintains translational centers at seven university partnering sites. Combining excellent university hospitals with high-profile research at a Helmholtz Center is an important contribution to improving the chances of cancer patients. DKFZ is a member of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers, with ninety percent of its funding coming from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the remaining ten percent from the State of Baden-Württemberg.

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