Disease Areas

Tracking down Widespread Diseases

Interdisciplinary and networked throughout Germany, the DZGs research common diseases so that they can be detected more quickly and treated more effectively in the future. Six disease areas are currently being researched in the DZG: respiratory and lung diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

All Disease Areas at a Glance

There are approximately 1.4 million cancer patients in Germany – and the number is rising.

Cardiovascular Diseases

Cardiovascular diseases continue to increase and are still the number one cause of death in Germany.


It is estimated that up to 12 million people in Germany could suffer from diabetes by 2040.

Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases are among the great medical challenges of our time.

Lung Diseases

Every 4 minutes, a person dies in Germany as a result of lung and respiratory disease.

Mental disorders

Almost one in three people experience a mental illness in the course of a year.

Neurodegenerative Diseases

So far, there is no cure for neurodegenerative diseases.