Research clusters

The foundation of highly innovative interdisciplinary and translational research projects is supported by the establishment of research clusters between the faculties and centres of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. Research clusters are designed to break new ground and to bridge basic research and patient-oriented research (bench-to-bedside).

The University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna jointly funded 1.3 million € 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 6 research clusters (selected from a total of 16 full proposals),  two of them with participation of members of our faculty:

  • 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
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