UKE building two new research centres
The University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) laid the foundation stone Friday (September 24) for a new building housing two new research centres from late 2023 at a cost of EUR 91 million. The "Campus Research II" and the "Hamburg Center for Translational Immunology" (HCTI) will create around 680 new laboratory and office workplaces, according to UKE. The plan is to drive forward basic and clinically-orientated research into immunity, infection and inflammation.
New building to improve research conditions
"The new building and the equipment for the research laboratories will significantly improve the general conditions for research at UKE," said Prof. Dr. Martin Aepfelbacher of the Institute of Medical Microbiology, Virology and Hygiene. New options for the diagnosis and therapy of inflammatory and infectious diseases are likely to be developed at UKE soon. Scientists will gain a better understanding of the origin and development of diseases in Campus Research II while the . HCTI will address questions arising in everyday clinical practice. "This is a place where the future of medicine will be co-determined," said Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality.
More new buildings and extensions planned
The construction costs for the new building will be financed largely through Hamburg's tenant-landlord model. The German government will cover about EUR 22.7 million of HCTI's costs. The new research building is part of UKE's "Future Plan 2050", which foresees ten new campus buildings and extensions by 2050 to guarantee "patient care, research and teaching at a top level and with international appeal." An underground stop on the campus is also being planned.