The University of Duisburg-Essen participates in the “Rückkehrerprogramm” of the Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia in the field of medically relevant research. 
The Centre for Medical Biotechnology (ZMB) and the Medical Faculty of the University of Duisburg-Essen offer an excellent research environment and optimal conditions for the integration of young research groups within a variety of biomedical and medical research themes.

Research Institutes

The Centre for Medical Biotechnology (ZMB) is an interdisciplinary scientific centre of the University of Duisburg-Essen, integrating medical research at the University Hospital and natural sciences at the Campus. The mission of the ZMB is to elucidate molecular mechanisms of disease and to turn this knowledge into medical progress. To this end the ZMB is active in key areas of basic biomedical research, and in the translation of scientific knowledge into novel drugs and diagnostic tools. Accordingly, the 40 groups of the ZMB combine basic and applied biomedical sciences. Research is structured into four interdisciplinary programmes with numerous links between these programmes:

  1. Oncology
  2. Immunology, Infectious Diseases and Transplantation
  3. Genetics, Developmental, Molecular and Cell Biology
  4. Biomolecular Structure and Function

Science and research at the highest international level and an outstanding and excellent education of future physicians are the primary aims which the Medical Faculty pursues with ambition.
On the basis of national and international collaboration the research groups of the Medical Faculty work towards an optimisation of clinical diagnostics and treatment for the benefit of the patients.

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