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What is PHSH?

What is PHSH?

The Universities in Kiel and Lübeck, together with the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH), are founding a new institution for clinical research. With "Precision Health in Schleswig-Holstein" (PHSH), the state of Schleswig-Holstein underlines its desire to be a health state at the forefront of developing the medicine of the future. In PHSH, scientists who have been selected by external evaluation, for example through the "Schleswig-Holstein Excellence Chair" program, directly control the clinical research opportunities at the UKSH. This is to ensure that patients always have access to the latest innovations. With this excellence-driven promotion of clinical research, Schleswig-Holstein places itself at the forefront nationwide.

Founding of PHSH
Professor Jens Scholz (University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein), Professor Gabriele Gillessen-Kaesbach (Universität zu Lübeck), and Professor Lutz Kipp (Kiel University) today, March 8th 2018, signed the document of foundation for "Precision Health in Schleswig-Holstein".

Foundations for PHSH

A fundamental foundation for the successful structures of PHSH was laid by the long-standing cooperation within the Cluster of Excellence "Inflammation at Interfaces", which is currently seeking further funding in the federal competition. A start for PHSH was already made last year, with the first eight scientists nominated through the "Schleswig-Holstein Excellence Chair" program. Additional rounds will follow, so that the most excellent scientists are always involved in PHSH. The management/governance structure of PHSH should support direct interaction between application-orientated researchers and the decision-makers in the UKSH’s administration.

Participation of the state government

The state government has established the basis for PHSH in the new Schleswig-Holstein Higher Education Act (HSG). It is only through the latest version of the HSG that such a jointly-operated institution has become possible. PHSH starts with substantial support from the state of Schleswig-Holstein and the universities. With these funds, opportunities will be created within the UKSH to support researching clinicians, to provide infrastructures for research, and to direct funding towards patient-centered research. In the medium term, PHSH will also apply for federal funds.

Structure of PHSH
Figure/Copyright: Renate Nikolaus/Cluster of Excellence "Inflammation at Interfaces"
Structural overview of "Precision Health in Schleswig-Holstein".

Background information: excellent research "Made in Schleswig-Holstein"

Since 2007, the Schleswig-Holstein-wide Cluster of Excellence "Inflammation at Interfaces", which has more than 300 members, has explored the causes of chronic inflammatory diseases of barrier organs such as the skin, lungs and intestines. The Cluster is currently applying for a third funding period as part of the German Excellence Strategy. PHSH is the motor that drives funds within the new Cluster to the right place, and binds scientists and clinicians together for patient-centered research. If the research initiative is awarded funding by the DFG at the end of September, further development of the name in the next funding period will emphasize the importance of transferring research results into practice: "Inflammation at Interfaces" would become "Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation".



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