What is translation?


Translational research represents the interface between basic research and clinical development. The goal is to enable the latest findings from basic research to lead to new therapies or diagnostic procedures for patients in the shortest of times. At the same time, questions that arise during the clinical practice are fed back to basic research for systematic analysis.






Grand opening celebration in the new study center

The Clinical Research Center (CRC) Hannover will be officially opened

After almost four years of comprehensive planning and evaluation and three years of construction, the goal has finally been reached: The Clinical Research Center (CRC) Hannover in Hannover's Medical Park will be officially opened with a grand celebration on September 8, 2014.

In this new study center, which is the only medical research center of its kind in Germany, three partners have pooled their experience and scientific expertise in a truly excellent manner: the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and  Experimental Medicine ITEM, the Hannover Medical School, and the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research. The CRC Hannover includes facilities for early-phase clinical trials in the drug development process, a biobank, and an epidemiological research platform.

Funded by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (through the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research), the three partners have set up a proof-of-concept center. A comprehensive infrastructure is available in the CRC Hannover, where scientists will henceforth be doing medical translational research – at the interface of research, drug development, and clinical practice.