The German Centers for Health Research (DZG)

Launched by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF), the German Centers for Health Research (DZG) are dedicated to combating major common diseases. The alliance of non-university research institutions with universities and university hospitals strengthens the translational approach of bringing research results to patients more quickly. The DZGs work closely together, carry out joint projects and exploit potential synergies.

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DZG Overarching Projects

The goal of all German Centers for Health Research is translation: the faster implementation of research results in medical practice. Frequently, widespread diseases have similar underlying causes, and in order to gain further insights and clarify correlations here, scientific projects are implemented jointly.

Some of the DZG's overarching working groups and activities are presented here.

Joint Magazine 'Synergie'


Research for health - under this motto, the German Centers for Health Research report twice a year on projects and successes in translational research in the DZG magazine SYNERGIE. The magazine for health research shows how interdisciplinary and networked research can help people achieve better health. The magazine is published in print and online. 
DZG Magazine SYNERGIE (online editions - German only)

In 2021 SYNERGIE won the silver award Berliner Type. With this award, the jury honored the expressive design of the magazine, which shows with intense color, precision and vividness the diversity and depth of the research topics with which the DZGs are working to combat the major common diseases of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, infectious, pulmonary and neurodegenerative diseases.
Further information about the award



Expert Center for Medicinal Chemistry

© MedChem/DZG

The Expert Center supports drug development at all centers. Its goal is to drive the optimization of small molecule drug candidates for selected projects.

Video interview with Prof. Dr. Mark Brönstrup (in German): How MedChem supports from the idea to the drug and who can contribute project ideas.

DZG Expert Center for Medicinal Chemistry

LEOSS: Europäisches Fallregister für Coronavirus-Patienten


On the initiative of the German Society of Infectious Diseases (DGI), a European case registry has been launched to collect clinical data for patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection. The registry, called LEOSS, is characterized by the fact that all data collected goes to the scientific community for shared analysis.

Lean European Open Survey on SARS-CoV 2 Infected Patients

Overarching DZG working groups

  • Biobanking
  • Data Management/KI
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Patient Involvement
  • Global Health
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • External Communikation
  • Training & Education



Dr. Astrid Glaser


+49 (0)89 3187-1619

Dr. Daniela Kaspar


+49 (0)89 3187-43910

German Cancer Consortium (DKTK)


German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD)

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German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK)

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German Center for Infection Research (DZIF)

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German Center for Lung Research (DZL)

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German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)

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In the future, the DZG will be supplemented by the German Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and the German Center for Mental Health, which are currently being established.

DZG Website

You can find further informationen on the DZG website.