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Six UKE projects to receive innovation funds

Innovation Committee at Federal Joint Committee putting EUR 13.5 million towards UKE projects

Six projects on health care and related research at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) are to receive around EUR 13.5 million from the innovation funds, a press release said Friday (December 15, 2017). UKE is also a consortium partner to four other projects. Eight projects at UKE received EUR 14.6 million in the first round of financing.

Funded projects

The funded projects include CARE-FAM-NET, which focuses on psychosocial care of children with rare diseases. Around EUR 7.6 million will go towards the project managed by Prof. Dr. Silke Wiegand-Grefe at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic. Around EUR 2.7 million will go towards an interactive website about empowerment in reference to multiple sclerosis initiated Prof. Dr. Christoph Heesen, Clinic and Polyclinic of Neurology. Funds of EUR 350,000 to EUR 1.2 million have been set aside for projects focusing on depression, internet-based health care and oral health skills for carers of young cancer patients and their parents.

Der Innovationsfonds

Prof. Dr. Dr. Uwe Koch-Gromus, Dean of the Medical Faculty Hamburg and Board Member of UKE, said: “It is a special honour for our scientists that so many projects involving UKE are receiving monies from the innovation funds. We are making an important contribution to developing the health system.” A total of 26 research projects across Germany have received funds from the third round of financing. They include projects focusing on care, 50 about care research and four on evaluating selective agreements. UKE is involved in ten of 80 projects as a manager or consortium partner. The innovation funds from 2016 to 2019 amount to EUR 300 million.

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