Transfer and Sustainability

When it comes to the major challenges facing society, health, demographic change and well-being are of core importance for sustainable development. Basic biomedical research is contributing significantly to our increased life expectancy and quality of life. Despite its successes, however, in an ageing society innovative therapies for both common and rare diseases are still urgently needed. The ambitious initiatives housed at the ZMB aim to meet this challenge and overcome previous boundaries through new inter­disciplinary approaches between basic scientific research on the campus and application-oriented medical research at the hospital, thereby enabling the mechanistic elucidation of (patho)biological processes in basic research, the development of new drugs and diagnostic approaches, and the transfer of these results into medical progress and to the patient’s bedside. Proof of this is, among other things, the numerous participations in NRW lead market competitions and the UMEA funding of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

In recent years, the ZMB and its members have also made steady progress in the field of sustainability in research management. The bund­ling of large-scale research equipment in Core Facilities aims at ensuring economic sustainability, while the purpose of the intensification of research data management is to secure the sustainable use of research data.