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In the Cluster of Excellence "Inflammation at Interfaces", with more than 300 scientists and physicians in Schleswig-Holstein, the interdisciplinary common objective is: to decode the phenomenon of chronic inflammation.

Chronic inflammations underlie many diseases of barrier organs such as the skin, intestines or lungs. In patients with chronic inflammatory diseases often a number of organs are simultaneously affected. The multitute of affected organs, forms of manifestations and the large amount of newly discovered etiological factors -often shared between different diseases- ask for a multidimensional research approach.

From Organ-based to the Comprehensive Approach

In the Cluster of Excellence "Inflammation at Interfaces", molecular biologists, geneticists, nutritionists, dieticians and physicians concentrate on common elements and specific characteristics of chronic inflammations in various organs. They pool their expertise to examine genetic predispositions, molecular requirements, the influences of lifestyle and environmental factors and identify mechanisms and contexts of chronic inflammations – leading to a fundamental understanding of the diseases, thus providing novel approaches for therapies. Especially the tight cooperation in patient care between specialist from different subspecialities in the excellence center for inflammation medicine (CCIM) and the connenction between basic research, medical research and patient care is unique for the field of inflammatory diseases in Germany.

The Cluster of Excellence "Inflammation at Interfaces"

The Cluster of Excellence "Inflammation at Interfaces" is one of 43 clusters of excellence, which are currently being funded by federal and state governments to support scientific excellence and international competitiveness in research. The Cluster of Excellence "Inflammation at Interfaces" is targeted at furthering both the fundamental and clinical research on the issue of inflammation at interfaces and building structures for a rapid transfer of knowledge in order to quickly translate the findings from basic research to beneficial clinical therapies. The Excellence Cluster was established in 2007.

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