The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch, to the northeast of the city, aims to stimulate clinical research in Germany. The MDC combines basic research in molecular biology and genetics with clinical research so that the latest medical discoveries can be brought to the bedside as quickly as possible.
For this reason the scientists of the MDC collaborate closely with clinicians of two clinics in its vicinity, the Robert Rössle Cancer Clinic (RRK) and the Franz Volhard Clinic for Cardiovascular Diseases (FVK) in Berlin-Buch. Together they are developing new methods of diagnosis and treatment.
Molecular medicine focuses on the role of genes to better understand, treat or prevent severe diseases such as cancer or cardiovascular diseases. The MDC has six interdisciplinary research areas, all involving molecular biology and genetic engineering. These research areas are:
- Cardiovascular Research
- Cancer Research
- Genetics, Bioinformatics and Structural Biology
- Cell Growth and Cell Differentiation
- Molecular Therapy and Gene Therapy
Close Contact with Clinics
The MDC conducts research projects with the Robert Rössle Cancer Clinic and the Franz Volhard Clinic for Cardiovascular Diseases in Berlin-Buch. The two clinics form part of the Charité Medical School of the Humboldt University of Berlin, Campus Berlin-Buch. Since June 2001 both clincs have privatized their health care facilities which are now managed by Helios Kliniken GmbH .
The links between the MDC and these Berlin-Buch clinics are many and varied: Clinicians head research groups at the MDC, MDC researchers and clinicians agree about which research projects to pursue, the MDC supports research in the clinics and offers young clinicans who wish to carry out more basic research a special training program.
The MDC also collaborates with the university clinic Benjamin Franklin in Berlin Steglitz, Max Planck Institutes and other scientific institutions in Germany and abroad. It also closely works together with the " Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie ( FMP)" on the Campus Berlin-Buch.