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German government puts EUR 2.5 million towards UKE projects

Scientific network seeks to boost health care in Hamburg - project to start in February

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has approved EUR 2.5 million in structural funding for research projects at the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), a press release issued by UKE said Monday (January 16). Scientists at UKE wish to set up a network in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region to conduct research into care from February 2017. Prof. Dr. Dr. Martin Härter, spokesman for the Centre for Health Care Research (CHCR) and Director of the Institute and Polyclinic for Medical Psychology at UKE, said: “The aim is to create stabile structures for innovations and occupational groups and institutes as part of a cross-regional network and to improve the care of patients with partners in the metropolitan region. “

Approval for junior research group

The BMBF has also approved a project to train general practitioners, psychiatrists and psychotherapists in the care of patients suffering from depression, anxiety disorders or alcoholism. The project aims to implement clinical therapies based on expert guidelines and to assess the effectiveness of such improved care. Dr. Isabelle Scholl, psychologist and scientist at the Institute and Polyclinic for Medical Psychology at UKE, has secured approval from BMBF to set up a junior research group for care research.

Symposiums, seminars and workshops

CHCR will work with diverse institutes including the Authority of Health and Consumer Protection, outpatient and inpatient care providers, victims’ associations, the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, physicians and psychotherapists’ chambers and health insurers and also support existing care networks until 2020. The network will also serve as a platform for exchanging scientific knowledge and educate about issues in care research. It will also hold symposiums, seminars and workshops in the Hamburg region.

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