Saarland university medical center – research

Saarland university medical center - research



Advocements in basic and clinically-oriented science are a core responsibility of the Medical Faculty at the Saarland University. In the last years, the Medical Faculty has recently focused its research efforts towards two areas.

In this, it is of particular importance for the Medical Faculty to establish collaborative research centers (CRCs) that are funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) and are highly interdisciplinary. As of today, the Medical Faculty is proud to say: many, important and highly successful CRCs:

  • SFB 894 – "Ca 2+ Signals: Molecular Mechanisms and Integrative Functions" (with the spokesperson at the Medical Faculty)
  • SFB 1027 – "Physical modeling of non-equilibrium processes in biological systems" (with the deputy spokesperson at the Medical Faculty)
  • SFB TRR 152 – "Control of the Body Homeostasis by TRP Channel Modules "(with the deputy spokesperson at the Medical Faculty)

Furthermore, the Medical Faculty is an integral part of the DFG-funded international graduate school “Complex membrane proteins in cellular development and disease". This was established jointly with the University of Kaiserslautern and the University of Alberta / Canada. In addition, members of the Medical Faculty are coordinators of various successful EU or BMBF funded joint research projects, both in basic as well as clinically oriented science.

For additional intramural support of scientific projects, the Medical Faculty has – in 2003 – established an application-based science program “Homburger Forschungsförderung” or HOMFOR. This program was created to either push forward and to carry out innovative research projects or to specifically support the science of young academics. 4 years funding (3 years PhD student and consumables for 4 years). Young scientists in their very early career (PhD thesis) themselves. Both programs aim to improve the chances for the successful and highly competitive third party funding.

In addition, for many years the Medical Faculty also distributes ex-post performance-oriented funds for each institution. In here, received publications and third party support only.

By means of these approaches the medical faculty attempts to further foster the concentration of the faculty’s science on successful core areas of its research and thereby sharpen its scientific portfolio and profile.

In 2005, the Medical Faculty founded the competence center “Molecular Medicine” (COMM). COMM Aimed to support the scientific community in the Saarland, to increase the public awareness of the high-level science at the Medical Faculty and to allow for the fostered visibility of the scientific achievements in Germany.

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