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.
There are approximately 1.4 million cancer patients in Germany – and the number is rising.
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 are among the great medical challenges of our time.
Every 4 minutes, a person dies in Germany as a result of lung and respiratory disease.
So far, there is no cure for neurodegenerative diseases.