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Our Research Emphases

An overview of all currently funded collaborative/large-scale projects can be found on the website of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Freiburg.

The various research infrastructure facilities acknowledged by the Faculty of Medicine are listed on this overview page.

Scientists involved in patient-oriented research in Freiburg will find a guide to helpful structures and services here.

Immunology and Infectiology

Research activities: “Immunodeficiency: Clinical Manifestations and Animal Models” (Collaborative Research Center SFB 620)

Molecular Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine

Research activities: “Functional Specificity by Coupling and Modification of Proteins” (Collaborative Research Center SFB 746)


Research activities: “From Monocytes to Brain Macrophages – Conditions Influencing the Fate of Myeloid Cells in the Brain” (DFG Research Unit FOR/TR 1336)

Diseases of the cardiovascular system are the most common cause of illness and death worldwide. They are associated with tissue remodelling processes (from atherosclerosis and aneurisms to cardiac fibrosis and scarring), whose effects on patient well-being – in spite of impressive progress of surgical, interventional, and pharmacological therapeutic strategies – are still poorly understood. Vascular research at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Freiburg is focussed on the mechanistic characterisation of inflammatory responses and the development of immune-modulatory and minimally-invasive therapeutic strategies. Basic and applied cardiac studies explore type and properties on non-myocytes, and their interaction with other cells in lesioned myocardium.

The activities focusing on cell type characterisation, inflammation- and immune responses, tissue architecture, cardiac mechanics, and electrophysiology have been merged in the scientific growth-area ‘Cardiovascular Research’ with traditionally strong clinical research. This has culminated in the inauguration of the Collaborative Research Centre CRC1425 in July 2020, dedicated to 'The heterocellular nature of cardiac lesions: Identities, Interactions, Implications'. The Centre brings together 26 research groups who are studying the fundamental biomedical processes of cardiac scar formation, with the aim of developing new diagnostic and therapeutic opportunities, to ‘make better scars’.