French and German labs team up
Paris/Berlin – Germany and France are establishing a new form of cross-border cooperation in the life sciences. The French public health research institute Inserm and the German Helmholtz Association have agreed to build up joint research laboratories to promote interaction between their scientists. With annual funding of a250,000, the two research laboratories will be set up for an initial period of five years. The co-financed groups will be based in France, where they will work closely with the two Inserm research centres that offer the most compatible environment and will closely interact with an associated Research Center of the Helmholtz Association. The first laboratory will be headed by Julien Marie (Centre de Recherche en Cancérologie, Inserm) in Lyons, in cooperation with the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg. The second project is to bemanaged by Michael Sieweke (Université Marseille), together with the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin.
With more than 31,000 employees, the Helmholtz Association is the largest publicly-funded research organisation in Germany. It is comprised of 17 independent research centres, of which 6 are partially or totally dedicated to human health or the life sciences. The French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) is the only French public research institute to focus entirely on human health.