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.




Clinical Research Center Hannover

Clinical Research Center Hannover (CRC Hannover): early-phase and proof-of-concept studies


The Clinical Research Center Hannover (CRC Hannover) is the only medical research center of its kind in Germany. Three research institutions – Fraunhofer ITEM, Hannover Medical School, and Helmholtz Center for Infection Research – are developing the CRC Hannover into one of the leading centers for patient-oriented and translational medicine in Europe.


TRAIN covers the entire drug development chain, in which the CRC Hannover forms the final link: research findings and data from preclinical phases are translated into clinical research there.


As a clinical trial center, the CRC Hannover thus bridges the gap between the development of new active ingredients and their use in patients – so far the biggest step in the development of new medicines, diagnostics, and therapies.