A growing number of people are suffering from common diseases such as cancer, cardio-vascular diseases, metabolic diseases, infectious diseases, lung diseases or neurodegenerative diseases. In many cases, it still takes too long for the results of research into these diseases to become part of regular medical care and thus benefit patients. Making this process, which is known as translation, faster and more effective is one of the key principles behind the framework programme. The Federal Government is establishing German Centres for Health Research to pool research into a number of particularly important common diseases.
Hardly any diagnosis is feared as much as cancer. Yet cancer research has made great progress in recent years, which has considerably improved the diagnosis and treatment of many clinical syndromes. However, many questions have still not been answered, or have not been sufficiently answered. Improved therapy processes and diagnosis, new interdisciplinary treatment concepts, and intensified efforts in the area of early diagnosis have led to successes in treating cancer. read more: New Perspectives in Cancer Research
There is a growing incidence of nervous and mental illnesses. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over one billion people worldwide suffer from disorders of the central nervous system, such as brain and spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's syndrome, dementia, stroke, epilepsy, schizophrenia or depression. The quality of life of patients with chronic pain is also considerably impaired. These illnesses not only cause great human suffering, but also enormous costs for the healthcare system. These factors call for the urgent improvement of medical research. read more: Nervous System and Mental Health
Influenza is not the only widespread infectious disease in Germany. In addition, between 400,000 and 600,000 patients in Germany fall ill every year with infections that they have acquired in hospitals. The so-called multi-resistant germs are particularly dangerous because they are difficult to treat with antibiotics. These germs flourish particularly well in a hospital environment where new pathogens are constantly being brought in from the outside world. Our aim must be to avoid infections with such pathogens and to be able to combat them systematically should they occur. The BMBF is therefore funding among other things the establishment of a clinical infectiology research group at Jena University Hospital. read more: Infection and Inflammation
Love should live in the heart. Or, far less prosaically, but even more importantly, the heart is the untiring motor of our life cycle. Unfortunately cardiovascular diseases are still the number one cause of death in Germany. Leading experts are working together in Germany to seek new promising solutions. read more: Cardiovascular diseases
Medical research is often closely linked to healthcare. It is therefore subject to constraints which do not exist for non-clinical research. To make it as effective as possible, medical research must be given new leeway through structural changes. read more: Structural Innovations for Academic Medicine
The Health Research Council was set up by the BMBF in 1990 to provide the Ministry with expert advice. The Health Research Council decided in 2004 to draw up a roadmap for medical research for the Federal Government's next Health Research Programme. This roadmap was presented in 2007. From the scientific point of view, it is intended to provide orientation and an overview of topics which will be important for health research in future. read more: Roadmap for the Health Research Programme