Cancer research excellence in Cologne and Essen
The joint "Cancer Research Center Cologne Essen - CCCE" of the Center for Integrated Oncology (CIO) at the University Hospital Cologne and the West German Tumor Center (WTZ) at the University Hospital Essen has established six new junior research groups: two in Essen, two in Cologne, one in Aachen and one in Bochum. The funding from the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia was made possible as part of a state-wide development of a "Network of Excellence in Cancer Medicine".
The application-oriented cancer research of the university hospitals in Essen and Cologne has been linked for three years within the framework of the CCCE. The two major oncological centers of excellence have pooled their expertise in order to act effectively and visibly in national and international competition. In addition to two CCCE junior research groups each in Essen and Cologne, the establishment of two further junior research groups in Aachen and Bochum now establishes a network of the CCCE with other university medical sites in the federal state.
Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Science Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, says: "The new junior research groups at the CCCE mean a further strengthening of excellent cancer research in North Rhine-Westphalia. Outstanding young scientists will work here with their expertise on promising topics in oncological research and cancer medicine and provide new impetus. With the new groups in Aachen and Bochum, the CCCE is driving forward the state-wide networking and integration of all potentials of cancer research. This will further increase scientific competence in North Rhine-Westphalia in the fight against the widespread disease cancer and enable more tailored therapies and prevention."
Read also our interview with Professor Dr. Hallek, founder and director of the Center for Integrated Oncology (CIO) at the University Hospital of Cologne.