In formulating priority research areas, the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) focuses on illnesses of significant social importance. The objective behind this choice is to drive the transfer of basic research results into clinical practice and thus allow the interaction between preclinical and clinical development, with the cooperation of both university- and non-university partners. The variety of subjects on the Göttingen campus and in particular the cooperation and the coordination work performed by the Göttingen Research Council foster diverse interdisciplinary research networking activities.
The UMG has developed two nationally and internationally recognized research areas in the following domains:
with focus on
- Neurogenesis, synaptogenesis, and neuronal networks,
- Neurobiology of inflammatory and degenerative diseases, and
- Quantitative molecular/multimodal imaging
- Cardiovascular Sciences
with focus on
Cardiac insufficiency and regeneration
In addition to these established research areas, which define the profile of the UMG, a possible future third research area may focus on "Specific Cancers and their Individualized Therapy”. While the possibilities of treatment of specific cancers increase, individualized treatment strategies are also more complex as they put focus on biological risk factors.
Each of the priority research areas are supported by several departments conducting research in the respective fields, as well as by third-party funded Joint Research Projects such as the DFG Research Center Molecular Physiology of the Brain (CMPB), the Cluster of Excellence for Microscopy in Nanometer Range, Collaborative Research Centers, Graduate Training Programs, Junior Research Groups, and other national and international research networks. Being partner location in the national Helmholtz Health Centers (Helmholtz-Gesundheitszentren), the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (Deutsches Zentrum für Herz Kreislaufforschung, DZHK), and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen, DZNE), Göttingen continues to have outstanding expertise in these areas of research.
Integration in both the university- and non-university environment is of particular importance for the development of the UMG. Numerous cooperation agreements exist with the University of Göttingen, the Max Planck Institutes, and the German Primate Center that have led to the foundation of several interdisciplinary institutions: the European Neuroscience Institute (ENI G), the Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB), the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN), and the Center for Systems Neuroscience (ZNV).
- Bernstein-Center for Computational Neuroscience Göttingen
- DFG Forschungszentrum Molekularphysiologie des Gehirns und Exzellenzcluster Mikroskopie im Nanometerbereich (german)
- DFG Research Center for Molecular Physiology of the Brain and the Cluster of Excellence for Microscopy in Nanometer Range (english)
- Europäisches Neurowissenschaftliches Institut (german)
- European Neuroscience Institute (english)
- Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences
- Center for Systems Neuroscience