The ‘Excellence Cluster Cardio-Pulmonary System’ of the universities of Giessen and Frankfurt and the Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim constitutes a unique translational research center, dedicated to combine cutting edge basic sciences with preclinical and clinical studies in the field of vascular and parenchymal heart and lung diseases. Research is organized on different levels of complexity such as molecular signatures and target structures, cellular phenotypes, integrative - including developmental - biology, disease models and preclinical studies as well as clinical trials.
The Excellence Cluster “Cardio Pulmonary System” (ECCPS) is based on a firmly established and internationally renowned expertise in cardiopulmonary research of the Universities of Giessen and Frankfurt and the Max-Planck-Institute Bad Nauheim.
Within the last years the focus of this “research triangle” has developed in basic research as well as treatment of heart and lung diseases, which in this combination of direct translation of scientific results into better or new therapeutic concepts may well be called unique.
Against the background of heart and lung diseases being the leading causes of death and representing the highest socioeconomic burden of diseases worldwide, the work of the ECCPS assumes social as well as political importance.
The Excellence Cluster Cardio Pulmonary System (ECCPS) of the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, the Goethe-University Frankfurt and the Max-Planck-Institute for Heart and Lung Research constitutes a translational research centre focusing on vascular and parenchymal diseases of the heart and the lung and on heart-lung-interaction. Working “from bench to bedside” and back the ECCPS also supports the integration of different research disciplines from molecular biology to developmental biology and physiology.