Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg

The Faculty of Biosciences at Heidelberg University is one of the most lively and interactive life science faculties in Europe. Research conducted within the Faculty covers a broad range of disciplines, from molecular biosciences to biodiversity, including biotechnology and pharmaceutics, and considers questions on all experimental and computer-assisted levels of structural and systems biology. The breadth and quality of the research conducted within the life sciences community in Heidelberg is illustrated by the number of special research areas and training networks which are supported by third-party funding.

Researchers implicated in the project: Gaurav Diwan, Torsten Schmenger, Jiao Wang

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Uniklinik Köln (University Hospital of Cologne)

As a modern maximum care hospital with around 1,500 beds, the University Hospital of Cologne is dedicated to science-oriented, innovative medicine and undertakes important societal responsibilities in research, education, and patient care. Annually, the University Hospital of Cologne treats over 491,000 patients, of which more than 62,500 are admitted as inpatients. With approximately 12,000 employees from over 100 nations, the University Hospital of Cologne ranks among the largest employers in Cologne and is one of the leading university hospitals in Germany.

Researcher implicated in the project: Lena Ebert

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University of Münster

With approximately 44,500 students, the University of Münster is one of the largest universities in Germany. The University draws students, scholars and researchers from around the world – and not only because of its broad range of degree programmes and multifaceted research profile, but also the atmosphere and quality of life in Münster. As a research-oriented university, the University of Münster oversees pioneering research in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, life sciences, business and economics, and law. Some 580 professors and 4,850 academic staff members teach and conduct research in 15 faculties. Two clusters of excellence, 19 collaborative research centres (SFBs), several research training groups and independent junior research groups, numerous interdisciplinary research centres and research projects provide the foundation for inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations and excellent individual research at the disciplinary level. Researchers in Münster maintain professional contacts all over the world. Through official partnerships and cooperation agreements, the University of Münster has cultivated ties with more than 550 universities and scientific institutes worldwide.

Researchers implicated in the project: Mareike Dahmer-Heath, Martin Konrad, Sven Sieveneck

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Universitatsklinikum Heidelberg

The Universitatsklinikum Heidelberg in Germany is a major university medical center. The institution offers a thriving research environment in the field of genetics, where cutting-edge discoveries and innovative therapies are actively pursued. Multidisciplinary teams of genetics researchers collaborate tirelessly to advance our understanding of genetic diseases and pave the way for new therapeutic approaches. With a commitment to excellence in research, education and healthcare, they are at the forefront of genetic medicine, offering hope and solutions to patients worldwide.

Researchers implicated in the project: Jana Heigwer, Mansoureh Tabatabaeifar

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Medizinische Genetik Mainz

Medizinische Genetik Mainz offers genetic counselling and a wide range of diagnostic services to patients and colleagues from all clinical disciplines, clinics and other medical institutions and specialty centers. We aim to turn the increasingly complex set of data into applicable results to support clinicians in finding the most appropriate therapeutic approach and clinical management of patients. Our team brings decades of experience in the interpretation and interrogation of datasets. Medizinische Genetik Mainz nicely demonstrates the complementary power and added value of close interrelationships between the clinic, diagnostics and research. Our laboratory was among the first that implemented massively parallel sequencing techniques on a broader diagnostic scale and transferred these into the clinic. Innovative diagnostics allows early and targeted prevention and the use of tailored therapies finally improving the efficacy and quality of clinical treatment. Our mission is to foster genetics in routine clinical care and to provide cost-efficient, high-quality services with short turn-around times.

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NEOCYST is a multicenter, interdisciplinary network of clinicians and scientists exploring early onset cystic kidney diseases. It is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) and supported by the German Society of pediatric nephrology (GPN).

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