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Joint Research Clusters with the University of Vienna

Start-ups of highly innovative interdisciplinary and translational research projects are supported by the establishment of research clusters between the faculties and centers of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna.

Research clusters are meant to break new ground and to bridge basic research and patient-oriented research (bench-to-bedside). Research clusters are established for a limited period of 3 years based on an international evaluation. The aim is to extend the funding for these projects after the end of the funding period by acquisition of third-party funds (e.g. Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), EU).

The University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna jointly funded 1.3 million euros for the establishment of research clusters for a duration of up to three years. After an elaborate, two-stage selection process based on international assessments the Rectorates of both universities agreed to fund the following six research clusters selected from a total of 16 full proposals

Oncology & Infection Biology 
Christoph Gasche, Medical University of Vienna, Department of Medicine III, together with Pavel Kovarik, University of Vienna, Center for Molecular Biology: Role of disbalanced mRNA stability in the development of inflammation-associated colorectal cancer.

Imaging & Cognitive Biology 
Roland Beisteiner, Medical University of Vienna, Department of Neurology, in collaboration with Tecumseh Fitch, University of Vienna, Faculty of Life Sciences: Shared Neural Resources for Music and Language: Verification and Clinical Exploitation.

Medicinal/Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Oncology
Thomas Erker, University of Vienna, Faculty of Life Sciences, together with Ulrich Jäger, Medical University of Vienna, Department of Medicine I: Chalcones and hematological malignancies – a model for the development of a drug optimisation platform in malignant diseases.

Oncology & Workflow Systems 
Michael Binder, Medical University of Vienna, Department of Dermatology, together with Stefanie Rinderle-Ma, University of Vienna, Faculty of Computer Sciences: Analyzing Health Data for the Evolution of Patient Treatment Processes – Pilot Project Skin Cancer.

Biological Psychology & Imaging 
Claus Lamm, University of Vienna, Faculty of Psychology, together with Rupert Lanzenberger, Medical University of Vienna, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy: Multimodal Neuroimaging in Clinical Neurosciences: Assessment of neurobiological markers for psychiatric disorders.

Bioinformatics & Allergology/Immunology/Infectiology 
Arndt von Haeseler, Max F. Perutz Laboratories, (University of Vienna/Medical University of Vienna), together with Sylvia Knapp, Medical University of Vienna, Department of Medicine I: Microbial Infections & Host Immune Response.