DRFZ is part of the new German Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DZKJ)
Four DRFZ groups belong to the Berlin site of the new German Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DZKJ). The Berlin site is coordinated by Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH) and the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) are also involved.
In the Germany-wide DZKJ, Berlin will contribute its clinical and scientific expertise in rare genetic diseases, chronic inflammatory diseases such as allergies and autoimmune diseases, and the role of child development and environmental influences on pathogenesis.
In the DZKJ, experts from a wide range of disciplines will develop strategies and implement research projects with the aim of improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of serious diseases in childhood and adolescence.
For the DZKJ seven locations were selected from 23 applications. These include Berlin, Göttingen, Greifswald, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Ulm. The selected sites will now develop an overall concept for the new center in a six-month concept development phase. The BMBF is funding the concept development with 500,000 euros per center.
German Centers for Health Research are networks with sites distributed throughout Germany. The aim is to combat widespread diseases more effectively and to bring research results into practice more quickly. To this end, the German Centers for Health Research combine basic research with clinical research as well as prevention and health care research. The centers are jointly funded by the BMBF and the countries in which the sites are located.