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Integration into the Scientific Environment

JLU-CAREER is well embedded in the major research areas “Cardiopulmonary System”, which, together with “Infection, Inflammation and Immunity” and “Oncology and Tumorbiology”, represents the formally stated research focus of the School of Medicine of the JLU. Similarly, the future concept of the JLU aims to further develop three major profile areas in biomedicine: a) environment and infection, b) the cardiopulmonary system, and c) life, nutrition and energy. Research in cardiopulmonary biomedicine has been closely linked with the Max-Planck-Institute for Heart and Lung Research (MPI-HL) and the Kerckhoff Clinic in nearby Bad Nauheim for more than ten years, with several scientists of this consortium maintaining a double affiliation at both the university and the MPI-HL and with the Kerckhoff Clinic meanwhile being a campus of the Faculty of Medicine of the JLU. Thus, there is a close and successful network already established between the Giessen and Bad Nauheim site.
With regard to the physical structures, our faculty profits from recently finished or currently ongoing building measures, with greatly improved the situation at our campus. In detail, the Biomedical Research Center Seltersberg (BFS, 12000 m2), the Research Building of the Clinical Disciplines (FORMED; 3800 m2), the excellence cluster (ECCPS) building (1400 m2) and a completely new university hospital have been built over the past years. A Center for Infection and Genomics of the Lung (CIGL; 1550 m2) is currently erected. Hence, all laboratory, animal facility, biobanking and clinical trial preconditions are fulfilled.


Currently funded research activities at the Faculty of Medicine

As evident from the table below, our Faculty is centrally involved in two German Centers for Health Research, namely the German Center for Lung Research and the German Center for Infection Research, with the DZL being coordinated by JLU scientists. Likewise, the Faculty of Medicine of the JLU is also centrally involved in the Excellency Cluster „Cardiopulmonary System“, which is currently in evaluation for the third funding cycle as „Cardiopulmonary Institute“. The Hessian excellency program currenly funds two LOEWE centers (Lung; tropical infection) and two foci (male infertility and inflammation / non-neuronal cholinergic systems). Several faculty members are either project leaders or coordinators of several Collaborative Research Centers (Sonderforschungsbereiche, SFB) further including the areas of infection and inflammation as well as tumor biology, as depicted in the table, with two SFBs and one Clinical Research Unit (KFO) being coordinated by Giessen scientists. Hence, the research areas covered in this proposal are perfectly integrated into the current research environment of the JLU and accomplish the existing research activities in a most synergistic manner.


Federal Funding Schemes: German

Centers for Health Research /Excellency


State of Hesse

excellency program


German Research Council
(DFG) Group Funding Schemes:

Collaborative Research Center

and Clinical Research Groups

Graduate Programs /

Research Training Groups

German Center for Lung Research (DZL; Coordination)

LOEWE Center
University Giessen Marburg Lung Center (UGMLC)

SFB 1213

Pulmonary Hypertension and Cor Pulmonale



International Giessen Graduate School for the Life Sciences (GGL)


German Center for Infectious Research (DZIF)

LOEWE Center 
Novel Drugs Targets against Poverty-related and Neglected Tropical Infectious Diseases (DRUID)

Transregio SFB 79

Materials for tissue regeneration within systemically altered bone



International Research Training Group 1871

"Molecular Pathogenesis of Male Reproductive Disorders" (DFG), part of GGL

Excellence Cluster Cardiopulmonary System (ECCPS; follow-up application Cardio- pulmonary Institute CPI under evaluation)


Male infertility due to infection and inflammation

Transregio SFB 81

Changes in the Chromatinm in differentiation and malignacy



International Graduate Program Molecular Biology and Medicine of the Lung (MBML), part of the GGL



Non-neurological cholinergic systems

Transregios SFB 84

Innate Immunity of the Lung



University Giessen and Marburg Lung Center (UGMLC) School part of the nationwide DZL School


SFB 1021

RNA viruses: RNA metabolism; host response and viral pathogenesis



KFO 309

Virus-induced Lung injury -

pathobiology and novel treatment