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Date:5/7/2012

This press release is available in German.

The establishment of six new Research Units and one Clinical Research Unit has been decided by the Joint Committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). These networks will offer researchers the opportunity to address current and pressing issues in their fields and to pioneer innovative approaches. As all DFG Research Units, the new groups will work across locations and disciplines. Clinical Research Units combine clinical, applied and basic research.

The thematic range of these institutions is quite diverse. One of the new Research Units, for example, will examine the future impact of climate change in cities, while others are set to explore the role of ribosomes within a cell, or human decision processes and their consequences on economic and social policy. Therapeutic approaches to urinary incontinence will be the focus of the Clinical Research Unit.

Over the next three years, the six new Research Units will receive approximately 12.8 million euros and bring the total number of DFG-funded Research Units to 191. Funding for the new Clinical Research Unit will amount to about 3.4 million euros in the first funding period. The DFG currently supports a total of 33 Clinical Research Units.

The new Research Units in detail (alphabetically by host university):

In Research Unit 1736 "Urban Climate and Heat Stress in Mid-Latitude Cities in View of Climate Change", climatologists, urban geographers, hydrologists, physicians, architects, urban planners and social scientists will study the impact of future climate change using the example of Berlin. At the centre of their investigations are the risks of increasing heat stress to humans, as well as various mitigation and adaptation options. These include especially measures to improve the climate of the i
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Contact: Marco Finetti
marco.finetti@dfg.de
49-228-885-2230
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Source:Eurekalert

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