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Seeger W.,Universities of Giessen and Marburg Lung Center | Welte T.,Breath Biomedical Research in Endstage and Obstructive Lung Disease Hanover | Eickelberg O.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich | Mall M.,Heidelberg Translational Lung Research Center | And 4 more authors.
Pneumologie | Year: 2012

Respiratory diseases are one of the most important causes of mortality with tremendous costs for health care systems, not only in Germany, but worldwide. Up to now treatment options for most of these chronic diseases are limited. The German Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF) - following the example of the US National Institute of Health have supported the foundation of a German Centre for Lung Research (DZL) to speed up the development of preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic measures. Not only universities, but also non-university based research institutes are part of the DZL. To allow the translation from basic research experience into clinical practice to improve patient care, basic research orientated approaches will be combined with disease and patient focused approaches. The DZL is one of six German Centres for Health Care Research (neurological diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases, cancer, and lung diseases) for the optimisation of translational processes to overcome the burden of major diseases. Copyright © 2012 by Thieme Medical.

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