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.

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.

The DZG's overarching working groups and activities are presented at

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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)



Awarded with BERLINER TYPE and iF DESIGN Award

Screenshot © DZG

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 DZG's research topics.

This was followed in 2022 by the iF DESIGN AWARD, one of the most important design prizes in the world.

Further information on Berliner Type

Further information on the iF Design Award

Achieving more together

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New German Centers for Health Research

The German Center for Mental Health started its work in January 2023.

The German Center for Child and Adolescent Health is currently being established.



Dr. Astrid Glaser


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Dr. Daniela Kaspar


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German Cancer Consortium (DKTK)


German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD)

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German Center 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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