The Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Trials (Interdisziplinäres Zentrum Klinische Studien, IZKS) is an academic coordination center for clinical trials and a central facility of the University Medical Center Mainz (UMC), which was founded in 1999. IZKS is one of five “coordination centres for clinical trials" at German universities which received substantial funding” by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for a period of eight years until 2015.
IZKS closely cooperates with all clinical institutes and divisions of UMC. Additionally, it conducts numerous scientific projects with partners in Germany and Europe. Core competences are:
Furthermore, IZKS has developed its own focus within translational research as well as health care research. For example, IZKS provides key services in a translational project which receives funding by the Federal Joint Committee (Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss - G-BA) in order to develop new forms of health care and has created a registry for several indications facilitating state-of-the-art information technology.
Christian Ruckes, Head of IZKS (acting)
In the neuroimaging center, researchers have joined forces to develop an interdisciplinary approach to combine positron emission tomography ( PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for functional imaging. Whereas the combined PET/MRI was originally used only for human patients, a new animal PET/MRI has been established in 2006. The major goal of the neuroimaging center is to develop new paradigms of functional imaging, especially for neurophysilogical questions.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. R. Kalisch
The central animal house provides animals, lab space and equipments necessary for animal breeding and testing.
Mrs Gabriele Wexel
Hanns-Dieter-Hüsch Weg 19
Telephone: 06131 39-21308
In 2013, the Long-term experience and Technology of the former Department of Applied Structure and Microanalysis and the those of the University Medical Center's material science Focus Group BiomaTiCS were merged together into one scientific platform. This interdisciplinary platform offers all materical science oriented reseearch Groups the technical opportunities for interdisciplinary cooperation in this field. The Research and development of new medical applications is the central duty of the platform.
In 1985, the necessity for a cross-departmental restructuring of biomedical research lead to the establishment of the "Research Center for Natural and Medical Sciences" (NMFZ). The NMFZ has been supporting research on the molecular aspects of the structure and funktion of biologically active systems ever since. It has developed into one of the most important research funding institutions for the organzation of special biomedicalrResearch fields. The achievements of foundation-based, third-party funded research in the fields of cell and molecular biology as well as immunology reached such a large dimension by the end of the 1980s that the state government decided to improve conditions by building a third-party funding building.
Various fields (medicine, biology, chemistry, and physics) and DFG-special research areas cooperate together at the NMFZ. Aside from the foundational research, it supports clinical-experimental research and other projects of doctors and scientists.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. S. Grabbe
Chairman of Coordination-Board NMFZ
Telephone: 06131 17-7112