The interdisciplinary research group (IRG) investigates crucial topics for the future of medicine. This includes public health and global health, as well as health preservation.
The future of medicine is deeply intertwined with scientific progress; the IRG will monitor its advancements, its medical implications, and clinical applications. While diagnostic and therapeutic options are continuously improved, this IRG aims at stretching the importance of disease prevention. In addition, the IRG raises the question as to the limits of a profit-oriented healthcare system if the current state of science is to be implemented (e.g. precision medicine, cell therapies…).
The third of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN) aspires to ensure good health and well-being for all. As signatories to the SDGs, all member states of the UN are required to jointly achieve the ambitious but indispensable goals of the Agenda 2030. As a consequence, German politics declared “health” to be its priority. Traditionally, also German science and industry have much to offer in the area of health care and medicine. Yet, in view of current global challenges, research structures and efforts in the field of public health and global health must be reinforced.
The IRG will provide analytical contributions and develop recommendations for science, civil society, business and politics. In addition, a colloquium with master's students will anchor the IRG's topics in academic teaching and the next generation of scientists.