Research areas

Research areas are internal university platforms that serve for topic-specific exchange between scientists conducting basic research and the clinics. They strengthen interdisciplinary networking between researchers in specific fields of research, creating a broad basis for joint research activities and innovation.

Pooled competencies for cutting-edge research

Nachhaltige Gesundheitsforschung

Sustainable health research

Our goal is to maintain health as much and as long as possible—instead of not intervening until a serious disease manifests itself. The active mechanisms of a health-promoting lifestyle and its impact on life expectancy are scientifically proven. Prevention and early detection improve the chances for healing and quality of life while regenerative medicine activates and supports the healing potential of the body instead of repairing it.


Metabolic and cardiovascular research

Cardiovascular diseases are undisputedly the most common cause of death. Unlike with other diseases, the problem is becoming worse and the consequences of diseases of civilization are becoming more and more serious. Type 2 diabetes is no longer just a disease of old age. Being overweight, high blood pressure and metabolic disorders often have a negative impact on other symptoms as well. They worsen the prognosis about their course and reduce the number of healthy years of life available to us.


Cancer research

In recent decades, innovations in the diagnosis and therapy of cancer have massively improved the prognosis for many types of cancer. Nevertheless, cancer remains the second most common cause of death, and for many types of cancer, there is still no satisfactory therapy available. Even personalized medicine, which requires close cross-linkage between basic research and translational research at the hospital, has enormous potential.



Our brain and our nervous system are the highly complex and fascinating control center of our organism. Consequently, disorders in this area have far-reaching effects—whether acute events such as a stroke or the slow progression of dementia. Imaging procedures provide better and better knowledge of the processes and changes in our brain. Model organisms permit new procedures for diagnosis and therapy.


Microbiome & infection

Our body houses more microorganisms than own cells. These are mainly found in the intestines, but also on the skin, in the mouth and in the airways. More microbes live on our skin alone than there are people on earth. The interactions with this so-called human microbiome are extremely important for health. Microbiome research is a relatively young field of research. Only with the development of new sequencing technology it has become possible to capture the complexity of the microbiome to a large extent.