The main objective of the German government's health research programme is to combat the rapid increase in common diseases more effectively. In a ground-laying move, the BMBF has established "German Health Research Centres" as long-term, equal partnerships between non-university research institutes and universities with medical centres.
The German Health Research Centres are pooling all of their existing expertise, thereby greatly helping to close knowledge gaps and improve prevention, diagnosis and therapy. The ultimate goal is to reach the highest degree of effectiveness for every single patient. The research policy aim is to ensure close collaboration between the basic research of all partners and clinical research, specifically oriented on indications and patients' needs. Close networking and, with it, the expansion of existing research structures will allow faster transfer of research results into clinical practice (translation).
The strategic cooperation of leading scientists in the German Health Research Centres will promote Germany to a high-ranking scientific location, and will increase its attractiveness to young scientists in Germany and around the world.
2009 already saw the foundation of the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases and the German Centre for Diabetes Research In 2010, four more German Health Research Centres were initiated in the fields of infectiology ("German Centre for Infection Research, cardiology (German Centre for Cardiovascular Research), Oncology (German Consortium for Translational Cancer Research) and pneumology (German Centre for Lung Research).