Concept of the HRCG

The HRCG is represented by basic researchers as well as clinical researchers from the Heart Center at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG), several faculties of Natural Sciences at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, three local Max Planck Institutes (MPI) for Experimental Medicine, for Biophysical Chemistry, and for Dynamics and Self-Organization, as well as the local German Primate Center (DPZ). Thus, the close cooperation between clinicians and basic researchers offers the unique chance to promptly put into practice the results of basic research. All scientists and clinicians involved use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and methods. The STED-microscopy developed by Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry for instance analyses the interaction between channels and molecules in the heart muscle. The gained insights help to develop new methods of treatment.

The DPZ - a founding member of the Heart Research Center Göttingen

The German Primate Center (DPZ) in Göttingen, a Leibniz Institute for Primate Research, is a nationwide competence and reference center for research with primates, i.e. the next relatives to humans. The great physiological similarity between apes and humans accounts for primate research as a key role between basic research and applied clinical research. This refers especially to immunological reactions. As an internationally acknowledged and local research institute in Göttingen, the DPZ constitutes a German-wide unique chance for the new Heart Research Center. The departments of the DPZ which are mainly involved in the HRCG are the Stem Cell Biology Unit and the Pathology Unit. This provides the opportunity to investigate stem cell-based treatments in non-human primates immediately prior to their application in humans.