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Research associations

The research associations of the UMG provide a framework across institutes and clinics in which scientists align their lines of research within the focal research areas. Concurrently, they manage the intramural research support instruments to foster junior scientists, to initiate integrated research projects, to supplement structural research financing and to invite external speakers. The research association Community Medicine has been in existence since 1997, the research association Molecular Medicine since 2000 and the coordination committee Individualized Medicine since 2014.

Community Medicine focuses on prevalences, incidences, causes and risk factors of frequent chronic diseases and on healthcare services on the population level. The research association Community Medicine (“Forschungsverbund Community Medicine”, FVCM) brings together disciplines of medicine, natural sciences and social sciences from the institutes and clinics of the UMG as well as from the theological, law & political sciences and mathematics & natural sciences faculties of the University of Greifswald.

FVCM has been successful in turning medical research on populations, prevention and healthcare service provision into an important locational factor with national and international visibility. Its main tasks are the strategic planning and quality assurance of Community Medicine projects, the promotion of interdisciplinary cooperation and junior scientists and the prioritization of examinations under restricted resources within the population-based studies performed in Western Pomerania.

One of the FVCM surveys is the long-term “Study of Health in Pomerania” (SHIP) whose probands have been re-examined 5, 10 and 15 years after the SHIP-0 baseline by now. Other studies include the SHIP-Trend cohort that started 10 years after SHIP-0 with new probands and the population-wide “Survey of Neonates in Pomerania” (SNiP).

The FVCM board meets every month, decides on data and biomaterial requests and seeks a reconciliation of interests in case of competing requests. The FVCM manages data and biomaterial of SHIP, SHIP-Trend, SNiP and of the patient cohorts within the GANI_MED initiative. During the recent years various OMICS technologies (GWAS, metabolomics, transcriptomics, proteomics) were employed to extract new datasets in SHIP and GANI_MED that contributed to joint publications within large transnational consortia. All data from these studies can be applied for via the FVCM’s transfer office.


Prof. Dr. Thomas Kocher
Universitätsmedizin Greifswald
Zentrum Zahn-, Mund- und Kieferheilkunde
Rotgerberstr. 8
17475 Greifswald

E-Mail:  kocheruni-greifswaldde
Phone: 03834 86-7172  oder -7130



The research association Molecular Medicine links UMG scientists who aim to elucidate molecular causes of diseases and molecular therapeutic mechanisms. Its tasks comprise i.a. the interdisciplinary support of research initiatives and grant proposals, maintaining national and international scientific contacts and above all fostering junior scientists. For example, junior scientists can apply for funding to participate in scientific events (congresses, summer schools etc.) or to realize their first “own” research projects.

Thematic priority of the involved groups is the development of novel therapeutic approaches within oncology, cardiology, immunology, virology and neurology. The research association Molecular Medicine bundles complementary expertise to that of the research association Community Medicine.


Prof. Dr. Uwe Völker
Universitätsmedizin Greifswald
Interfakultäres Institut für Genetik und Funktionelle Genomforschung
Abteilung Funktionelle Genomforschung
E-Mail: uwe.voelkeruni-greifswaldde
Phone: 03834 86-5870



The Greifswald Approach to Individualized Medicine (GANI_MED) interconnects expertise and capacities from both focal areas Community Medicine and Molecular Medicine to develop personalized treatment and prevention concepts. Individualized Medicine aims to “tailor” specific medical or health-related measures on the basis of the patient’s individual characteristics that may be derived from comprehensive biological information (biomarkers) or from psychosocial and clinical patient data.

To this end, the GANI_MED study in Greifswald has established important prerequisites. The coordination committee Individualized Medicine is the central panel for research addressing integrated individualized medicine in Greifswald. It

  • provides a framework for intensive interdisciplinary and interfaculty cooperations,
  • steers the setup and follow-up of GANI_MED patient cohorts,
  • decides on data and biosample requests concerning GANI_MED patient cohorts,
  • initiates grant proposals,
  • develops translational concepts within and outside the UMG,
  • decides on intramural funding applications after presentation of the project ideas by the applicant,
  • discusses research approaches and methods of individualized medicine,
  • deals with issues of data integration into the clinical IT system,
  • defines the thematic orientation of the GANI_MED lectures,
  • coordinates the elaboration of teaching contents for students (e.g. elective subject Individualized Medicine) and other interested parties.


Prof. Dr. Hans J. Grabe
Universitätsmedizin Greifswald
Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie
Ellernholzstr. 1-2
17489 Greifswald

E-Mail: grabehuni-greifswaldde
Phone: 03834 86-6915