IRI for the Life Sciences

IRI for the Life Sciences

The IRI for Life Sciences, opened in 2013, concerns itself mainly with system biology and has a strong cooperation with Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin (MDC) as well as Charité - Universitätsmedizin.

Situated on the Campus Nord of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the IRI for the Life Sciences is located in the centre of one of Berlin’s most prosperous research areas. Other leading institutions, such as HU’s Department of Biology, the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Berlin, the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, and the German Rheumatism Research Centre are all within walking distance. Thereby, the IRI is ideally set to stimulate and facilitate links between these diverse institutions and to vitalise Berlin’s Life Science Campus.

Although great breakthroughs have been achieved in biology and biomedicine within the last decades, tremendous medical challenges remain to be solved. It is becoming increasingly clear that diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer’s cannot be understood by looking at a single aspect but only by approaching the problem from different perspectives and different disciplines. The Integrative Research Institute (IRI) for the Life Sciences links key areas of scientific research in Berlin, in particular neurosciences, infection biology, regenerative medicine, and cancer research. The institute acts as an interface between the different disciplines, connecting basic biological and clinical researchers. At the IRI for the Life Sciences, theorists and experimental researchers work hand in hand, to combine systems biology with quantitative biology and single cell analysis. The aim is an integrative solution of scientific questions - from single molecules to individual cells and finally to the whole organism. Thus basic research at the IRI for the Life Sciences enables us to ask new questions and develop cutting-edge approaches which will not only address basic principles of life but also have potential to cure diseases.

The IRI for the Life Sciences acts as a catalyst for excellent scientific basic research and as a partner for all life scientists in Berlin. By connecting researchers from multiple disciplines and promoting communication, the IRI for the Life Sciences breaks through interdisciplinary as well as interinstitutional barriers. Establishing new research groups in Berlin, sharing scientific instruments and infrastructure and combining ideas for future research networks creates a more efficient and innovative scientific environment and stimulates excellent scientific research in a sustainable way.

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Prof. Dr. Markus Landthaler