Systems medicine research consortia
e:Med module I, currently with 14 interdisciplinary systems medicine research consortia, is the central measure of the research and funding concept. The BMBF makes an amount of 52.3 million € available for research groups at 42 scientific institutions in 28 German cities and 3 universities outside Germany for the first three of the scheduled five funding years.
These interdisciplinary research consortia each handle one joint disease-related question based on a systems medicine research approach in a large number of subprojects at different locations. Clinical working groups, high throughput-oriented teams of biomedical basic research and experts in information technology work together here. They examine complex physiological and pathological processes in various types of cancer, neurological diseases and inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases. Functional annotation, the formulation of models for the dynamic interplay of molecular systems and the integration of data within the context of systems medicine are key factors. The objective is to understand the complex molecular networks as a whole and to use the knowledge to develop innovative procedures for more comprehensive prevention and diagnostics and more targeted therapy of diseases. The use of system-oriented techniques in clinical research should be further expanded and testing of newly developed starting points should be possible in small patient groups, in order to achieve individualization of medicine.
Further information and contact persons can be found at PT-DLR