The idea is to better connect medical research with medical treatment. The German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has announced it will invest EUR 100 Million over the ten years to give specialist doctors, who are normally involved in daily practice, more opportunities to carry out research.
“Considering how dynamic this area is, it has to be a matter of course for knowledge to be transferred quickly ‘from the hospital bed to the lab and back again,’” said Education and Research Minister Anja Karliczek in a statement. “This is where our initiative, which supports a transformation in the culture of university medicine, comes in. We want to transform things wherever hierarchies and inflexible structures impede research potential.”
Eight university hospitals around the country have been selected for the program in the cities of Dresden, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Essen, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Hamburg, Bonn and Würzburg.