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BMBF: DZNE - German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases

Currently more than 1.4 million dementia patients live in Germany, two thirds of whom are affected by Alzheimer’s Disease. Every year almost 300,000 new cases emerge. This disease poses particularly high challenges to research, because dementia is very multiform. The DZNE is the only non-university research institution that addresses all aspects of dementia

It is a member of the Helmholtz Association and the first of six German Centers for Health Research (DZG) established by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to counteract the most important common diseases.

Our staff of more than 800 persons in over 70 groups investigates the similarities and differences of different brain diseases in order to develop novel preventive and therapeutic approaches. At the DZNE basis research is closely linked to clinical research, population studies and healthcare services research to facilitate the detection of novel diagnostic markers and to rapidly develop novel therapies. To this end the DZNE integrates excellent scientific expertise from different sites in Germany into an interdisciplinary research approach. At nine locations in Berlin, Bonn, Dresden, Göttingen, Magdeburg, München, Rostock/Greifswald, Tübingen and Witten the DZNE interacts with universities, university hospitals and other partners.

At the site Rostock/Greifswald the DZNE research agenda connects with the current healthcare provision reality of the population. The site’s task is to establish a platform for swiftly validating novel diagnostic and therapeutic measures from the DZNE with respect to their clinical and healthcare provision relevance and simultaneously for accelerating the broad dissemination of efficacious diagnostic and therapeutic measures. We already contribute to improving the living conditions of elder people with dementia and their families in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and generate insights that may become relevant for other “demographically challenged” regions in Germany in the near or mid-term future.


PD Dr. Jochen René Thyrian
Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen e.V. (DZNE)
DZNE Rostock/ Greifswald
Ellernholzstr. 1-2
17489 Greifswald

E-Mail: thyrianuni-greifswaldde
Phone: +49 3834 86-7592