Facts & Figures

An overview of the Cluster of Excellence –
the most important facts and figures

  • CECAD at the University of Cologne: supported by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine
  • Funded by the DFG since November 1, 2007, as part of the federal and state Excellence Initiative
  • Second five-year funding period began in November 2012
  • Third funding (7-year) period begins in January 2019
  • May 2013: new CECAD Research Center opened
  • Central Office for scientific administration
  • Three central platforms to support research:
    • Technology and Technology Development Platform with 5 facilities
    • Translational Research Platform
    • Platform for Education & Career Development, Diversity, Gender Equality & Family Programs, and Public Outreach & Visibility

Research at CECAD

  • Scientists: approx. 440 from the University of Cologne, the Cologne University Hospital, the Max Planck Institutes for Metabolic Research and Biology of Ageing, and the Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)
  • Research areas: 3
    • RA-1: Cell autonomous control of homeostatic mechanisms and cellular stress responses in aging and age-associated diseases
    • RA-2: Stress response mechanisms of tissue-related and interorgan communication in aging and age-associated diseases
    • RA-3: Environment/organism interactions in aging and age-associated diseases
  • Principal Investigators: 42
  • Technology facilities: 5

Hightech for research
Five facilities offer CECAD scientists an exceptional environment and state-of-the-art technology.

  • Proteomics Facility
  • Lipidomics/Metabolomics Facility
  • Imaging Facility
  • Bioinformatics Facility
  • inVivo Research Facility

The CECAD Technology Platform’s strategic mission is to promote close cooperation between system- and molecular-oriented research groups.

High potential
Strategic development of new appointments in the associated institutions promote CECAD’s goals

  • Since 2007: recruitment of 40 research groups
  • Seven W3 professorships confirmed by the University of Cologne
  • Seven new junior research groups set up
  • Three recent international faculty (IF) appointments

Construction of the CECAD Research Center

  • Principals: The University of Cologne and the Cologne University Hospital
  • Financing: Federal government and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Construction volume: EUR 100 million
  • Specifications:
  • A research center, centrally located on the hospital campus – for rapid communication channels and efficient working processes
  • Central service facilities, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, to support scientists in the Cluster
  • Identical construction of all laboratory floors to promote intensive communication as a major prerequisite for interdisciplinary research
  • Equipment that allows close collaboration between clinical and basic research groups
  • Modern laboratory facilities within easy reach, divided into laboratory and documentation zones
  • Technical data:
  • Area: Total floor space: 25,000 m2; Useable space: 10,600 m2; Floors: 7 upper floors, 3 basement floors
  • Realization: medfacilities GmbH with architects from gmp von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Aachen, Germany
  • Ground breaking: September 2009
  • Commencement: End of 2009
  • Roofing ceremony: September 2011
  • Completed: Spring 2013
  • Opened: May 2013
  • Start-up operation: until Autumn 2014
  • Occupied: as of October 2014