Excellent research for a healthy life: Chancellor Merkel and NRW Science Minister Schulze inaugurate new building of the DZNE
Bonn, March 15, 2017. Today, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and NRW Science Minister Svenja Schulze inaugurated the new building of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Bonn and took the opportunity to learn about current research projects. At the DZNE, scientists work on new therapies against Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other dementias and nervous diseases. The federal government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) have jointly invested 126.8 million euros in the new building.
The new building is located on the campus of the University Hospital of Bonn, with which the DZNE cooperates closely. Nonetheless, the DZNE is an independent research institution established in 2009. Until recently, it’s about 500 Bonn employees were spread to diverse locations - now fundamental research, clinical research and population health sciences are all joined under one roof. In addition to around 40 research groups, the new building also houses the central administration for all the DZNE’s nine nationwide sites.
"We are pleased and honored that the Federal Chancellor and NRW Science Minister Schulze officially inaugurate our new building today," said Prof. Pierluigi Nicotera, Scientific Director and Chairman of the DZNE’s Executive Board. "Thanks to generous funding from the state of NRW and the federal government, excellent conditions for health research have emerged here. In this building, experts from different disciplines work together for a better understanding of brain diseases and novel approaches for prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Thus the new building symbolizes the DZNE’s philosophy. Not only in Bonn, but also at our other sites, we bring together the brightest minds from different fields. Because we aim that scientific findings translate into benefits for patients and their relatives as quickly as possible. And, this building is special also in other respects. Its location on the campus of the University Hospital of Bonn will facilitate that patients of the hospital participate in DZNE trials even more easily than before. Clinical research and, ultimately, developments in the field of diagnosis and therapy will benefit from this.”
With a gross floor space of approximately 35,000 square meters - the expansion of five football pitches - the building is one of the largest research facilities recently constructed in North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition to offices and laboratories with state-of-the-art facilities, the premises also include a clinical study unit. It is equipped with ten beds so that study participants can stay overnight. In addition, a tunnel links the new building to the University Hospital’s "Center for Neurology, Psychiatry and Psychosomatics" which is still under construction. In the future, patients of the hospital which are bedridden and have agreed to participate in clinical studies will be able to access the DZNE’s building trough this underground passage.