MDC Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association
The MDC Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association ranks among the top institutions in the world for basic biomedical research. MDC scientists use state-of-the-art methods of molecular biology and genetic engineering in order to understand the development of complex diseases at their origin, in the genes. On this basis, they seek to develop new methods to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases. Research activities at the MDC are divided into four main areas: cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, cancer, diseases of the nervous system and medical systems biology. MDC researchers collaborate closely with the Charité in the Experimental and Clinical Research Center and also with biotech companies located on Campus Berlin-Buch. The MDC currently employs approximately 1,700 staff members, including guest scientists, and has state-of-the-art technology platforms such as 7 Tesla ultra high field MRI, electron microscopy or bioinformatics.
Leibniz Research Institute for Molecular Pharmacology (FMP)
How do diseases develop? Which drugs can specifically target and intervene in the biochemistry of the body? Research activities at the Leibniz Research Institute for Molecular Pharmacology (FMP), Germany’s only non-university research institute for pharmacology, are concerned with these questions. Chemists, biologists, pharmacologists, physicists and physicians collaborate closely to lay the basis for the development of future drugs.
The FMP cooperates with other Berlin research institutions such as the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine and Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin and is part of several research projects, such as the Neurocure cluster of excellence. The institute is also one of the initiators of the large-scale European project EU-OPENSCREEN, in which institutions from various European countries want to coordinate the search for new drugs, and part of the new European network “Instruct”, which seeks to link the highly sophisticated technologies in structural biology.
The institute has a staff of 300 employees and is a member of the Leibniz Association and the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (Berlin Research Association).
A fine-tuned gene editor
The molecular tool CRISPR-Cas9 can be used to treat inherited blood disorders, but this may cause unintended genetic alterations. A team led by MDC researchers Klaus Rajewsky and Van Trung Chu has now...more ...
What makes blood vessels grow?
Blood vessels must adapt their growth to the nutrients available in their surroundings so that they can keep organs adequately supplied. A team led by Michael Potente has identified two proteins that ...more ...
Maike Sander named to lead the Max Delbrück Center
Maike Sander has been selected to direct the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC). The Supervisory Board appointed the diabetes researcher and professor of pediatrics and cellular and mole...more ...
Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften auf dem Campus Berlin-Buch und am MDC in Mitte
Wer das Leben verstehen will, sollte sich auch auf die Welt der Moleküle einlassen. Dass das nicht nur für Experten interessant ist, zeigt das Programm des Campus Berlin-Buch/MDC-Mitte während der Lan...more ...
From Target to Market - The GLA Biotech & Pharma Summer School
The 4-day intensive course provides a comprehensive overview of the entire drug development process in biotechnology and in the pharmaceutical industry – from the idea until to market.more ...
GMP Biotech Summer School
Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Basic Course Biotechnology (English)more ...