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Cooperation between Charité and King’s College London

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Launch of six joint research projects

Following the signing of a broader cooperation agreement, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and King’s are now launching six joint research projects. Within the framework of this new partnership, the two institutions will provide start-up funding for six binational projects in key fields including immuno-oncology, cardiology, neurology, immunology, medical sociology and genetics. The ultimate aim of the collaboration is to foster synergies between the two institutions and promote the development of further research endeavors, thus laying the foundation for fruitful long-term international collaboration.

The six initial projects address topical questions within the fields of cancer immunology and forensic science as well as exploring innovative imaging methods and public health challenges. Start-up funding will facilitate joint research endeavors, workshops, conferences and travel. To qualify for funding, applicants were required to demonstrate that projects showed long-term perspective and an international focus.

In the context of an impending Brexit and against the backdrop of uncertainties in the European research landscape, the Charité’s Dean, Prof. Dr. Axel Radlach Pries expressed his delight at the launch of these first joint research projects: “In this day and age, forward-looking international cooperation is the key to furthering research and innovation. Additionally, such partnerships show that political uncertainties can be overcome by collaborating across national borders and thus achieving best possible outcomes for all involved. I wish all participants of this pioneering research partnership every success for the future.”

Professor Sir Robert Lechler, King’s Senior Vice President/Provost (Health), added: “We are pleased to see such a positive response to the first Charité – King’s Joint Research Seed Fund Call. It covers a wide-range of disciplines that showcase the research strengths of both institutions in the medical sciences. We look forward to this contributing towards research with global impact.” Projects will be completed by summer 2020, after which activity reports will be evaluated and further pursuits encouraged, thus fostering sustained cross-channel collaboration.


Charité International – Bilateral partnerships
Kings College London – Global engagement/ Europe


Manuela Zingl
Press Officer
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Tel: +49 30 450 570 400

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