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German Research Minister Schavan: 'Rapid knowledge transfer can safe lives'
Date:6/10/2009

This release is available in German.

No progress without research this is particularly true for cancer medicine. The chances of cure for those affected can only be further increased if research results are swiftly transferred from the laboratory into clinical practice. Framework conditions for this research transfer, also called translational research, will now be optimized in Germany. Last Tuesday, German Research Minister Annette Schavan, Friedrich Carl Janssen, Chairman of German Cancer Aid (Deutsche Krebshilfe), and Professor Dr. Otmar D. Wiestler, Scientific Director of the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) presented the "National Consortium for Translational Cancer Research" in Berlin.

"Each year, more than 436,000 people in Germany are newly diagnosed with cancer, 210,000 patients die of cancer every year. Therefore, it is important to translate the latest findings of cancer research even more rapidly into patient care. To this end, we have founded the National Consortium for Translational Cancer Research," Schavan said. "We intend to further strengthen Germany's leading role in cancer research."

The consortium is established on the initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium fr Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), German Cancer Aid (Deutsche Krebshilfe) and the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ). The financial resources needed for the whole consortium over a period of ten years amount to 400 million euros.

"It has always been an endeavor of German Cancer Aid as a private organization to implement large projects jointly with public entities in order to create synergies. Apart from the fact that it makes sense for important private initiatives to collaborate with political institutions, ambitious projects can only be should
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Contact: Dr. Stefanie Seltmann
presse@dkfz.de
49-622-142-2854
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Source:Eurekalert

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