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Integration into the Scientific Environment


JLU-CAREER is perfectly embedded into the research landscape of JLU-FM, characterized by the major research foci “Cardiopulmonary System”, “Infection, Inflammation and Immunity” and “Oncology and Tumor Biology”. Our program is also perfectly aligned with previously or currently funded JLU-FM research consortia, and an intense mutual promotion of research activities can be expected. For years, cardiopulmonary research has also been closely linked to the Max-Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research (MPI-HL) and the Kerckhoff Clinic in nearby Bad Nauheim. As a result, several scientists of this consortium maintain a double affiliation at JLU-FM and MPI-HL and the Kerckhoff Clinic got a JLU-FM campus in 2018. JLU-CAREER also profits from the recently finished erection of several new research buildings (with a total of 18,750m2 lab space) and the herewith greatly improved infrastructure at our campus. In addition, the new Institute for Lung Health (ILH; 3000m2 ) will be constructed in the next few years in direct neighboorhod. Hence, all laboratory, animal facility, biobanking and clinical trial preconditions have been improved and 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.


European Funding Schemes

Federal Funding Schemes: German

Centers for Health

Research / Excellency Initiative

State of Hesse excellency


German Research Council (DFG) Group Funding Schemes: Collaborative Research Center
and Clinical Research Groups

Graduate Programs /
Research Training Groups

Raising Diagnostic Accuracy and Therapeutic Perspectives in Interstitial Lung Diseases

(RARE-ILD, European Joint Program on Rare Dieseases)


German Center for Lung Research (DZL)


LOEWE Center
University Giessen Marburg Lung Center (UGMLC)


SFB 1213
Pulmonary Hypertension and Cor Pulmonale


International Giessen Graduate School for the Life Sciences (GGL)

Optimal management of Systemic Sclerosis



German Center for Infectious Research (DZIF)

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

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 the GGL

Diagnosis and monitoring of inflammatory and arthritic disease (IACOBUS)

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


LOEWE Focus Group
Male Infertility and Urogenital Infections (MIBIE)


Transregio SFB 81
Changes in the Chromatin in differentiation and malignacy


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

European Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Network (eurIPFnet)


Institute for Lung Health (ILH)

LOEWE Focus Group
Non-neurological cholinergic systems (NNCS)


Transregio SFB 84
Innate Immunity of the Lung

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

ERC Consolidator Grant “Pulmonary Hypertension“

Cardio-Pulmonary Institute (CPI)

LOEWE Focus Group
iCANx – Cancer – Lung (Disease) Crosstalk: Tumor and Organ Microenvironment


SFB 1021
RNA viruses: RNA metabolism, host response and viral pathogenesis

JLU TRAINEE – Doctoral Program

ERC Starting Grant “REGAIN” (EU)

KFO 309
Virus-induced Lung Injury – pathobiology and novel treatment strategies


Justus-Liebig University Giessen - Clinician Scientist Program in Biomedical Research

Transregio SFB 936
Multi-Site communication in the brain

RTG 2573 Inflammatory tumor secretome

SPP 1710
Dynamics of thiol-based redox switches 

SPP 2127
Gene and Cell-based for neuroretinal degeneration


Overview on key technologies in preclinical biomedical research at our institutions