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Name of Collaboratory :


Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies (BCRT)


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Collaboratory Status :

Operational   Start Date : End Date : Info Last Updated : Mon, Nov 1 2010 2:01pm PDT

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Distributed Research Center  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Virtual Learning Community  

Domain(s) :

  BIOLOGICAL/AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES >Biological Sciences >Biomedical Sciences, BIOLOGICAL/AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES >Biological Sciences >Pathology, Human and Animal  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


The BCRT has a highly interactive research program based on a consortium of internationally acknowledged experts in both basic and clinical science with a track record of successful scientific interaction. The program comprises work in four medical research fields linked to overlapping platforms on basic, biomaterials, and translational research. Initially, the Center is putting particular emphasis on research and clinical programs related to musculoskeletal and immunological applications. In additon, the Center will focus on regenerative therapies concerning the cardiovascular system and nervous system.

The BCRT-GRANT of 1 Mio €/a flexible funds allows performance- related budget allocation and support of international collaborations. Within the Charité the BCRT is implemented as an independent, interdisciplinary research center. The BCRT is located in a newly reconstructed building at the Charité Campus Virchow Clinic is host to 26 newly implemented research groups (19 groups: 12 junior groups and 7 senior goups) that are Funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research, The Helmholtzassociation (4 Groups) and the DFG (3 Groups) supplemented with already established groups from the respective research fields. The BCRT core groups closely interacts with the research groups of the institutions of the principal investigators. In addition to administrative efforts, the BCRT central units (Z-project) will also support international relationships, education, and studying ethical issues of regenerative medicine in general, and of stem cells in particular. Together with the Technology Foundation Berlin a dedicated business development unit collaborates with regional and international industry to facilitate translation. First partnerships have been established with several companies such as Milteny Biotech, BBraun, Pharmicell Europe and Pluristem.

Located between the numerous clinics and research facilities of the Charité-Campus Virchow-Klinikum, the BCRT forms the core of the Regenerative Medicine Initiative Berlin, the regional partnership of more than 15 renowned institutions, over 100 research groups and about 15 companies. The RMIB is co-ordinated in close cooperation with BioTOP Berlin-Brandenburg.

The BCRT is a Charité Research Center and has developed a generic management structure, consistent with the model of the new structure of Charité Centers. The Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin with its 4 campi is organised in 17 business unit-like structures called Charité Centers and 6 Charité Resarch Centers. According to this basic structure, the BCRT is managed by a board of directors, in collaboration with a steering committee consisting of the heads of the research Fields (A-F). These research fields have the character of Charité institutes embedded in a Charité Center (including academic rights, worker´s representation etc.). In contrast to the other Charité Centers, however, joint appointments are possible, meaning members of the BCRT (particularly PIs) might also be members of other Charité Centers or non-Charité institutions. The organization of the Center has been developed in such a way that the structure and responsibilities are clearly defined, while the scientific independence of the investigators is guaranteed.

The Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies is a graduate school which provides an international PhD program in Regenerative Medicine. It works in close association with the BCRT and offers outstanding interdisciplinary training and research opportunities for clinical, biological, and engineering scientists who want to look beyond their research and aim at translating their scientific discoveries into clinical applications.

Member of the Technologie- und Methodenplattform für die vernetzte medizinische Forschung (TMF) collaboratory.


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  The research groups are located in one central building and Charite and are supported by a consortium of internationally acknowledged experts in both basic and clinical science.  

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

B. Braun Melsungen AG
BioTOP Berlin-Brandenburg
Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Department of Defense (DOD)
European Union (EU)
German Research Foundation (DFG)
HealthCapital Berlin Brandenburg
Helmholtz Association
Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health
Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB)
MACS Miltenyi Biotec
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
Pluristem Therapeutics
Technologie Stiftung Brandenburg
Technologiestiftung Berlin

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Notes on Participants/Organizations:
BCRT is closely related to the following other collaboratories:

* Regenerative Medicine Initiative Berlin (RMIB) -- BCRT forms the core of it.
* Regenerative Medicine Initiative Germany (RMIG) -- BCRT coordinates it.
* European Human Embryonic Stem Cell Registry (hESCreg) -- BCRT is a co-coordinator of it.
* International Consortium of Stem Cell Networks (ICSCN) -- BCRT is an active member of it.


Communications Technology Used :

  Communication through the RMIB is mainly done through the „Treffpunkt Regenerative Medizin“ as a discussion and event platform covering current developments. In addition, the RMIB organises other specialised and interdisciplinary meetings and conferences.  

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