Opening of the new CECAD Research Center

May 2, 2013

The cluster of excellence CECAD enters into the second funding period with promising results. Over 400 researchers from the University, University Hospital and the Max Planck Institutes for Biology of Ageing and for Neurological Research as well as the DZNE form the close-knit, international and interdisciplinary team at CECAD. CECAD is searching for the underlying causes of the aging process and aging-associated diseases such as neurodegenerative disorders, diabetes, stroke, kidney failure or cancer. The cluster’s vision is to make a collaborative effort to devise new, cross-discipli nary therapeutic approaches to the treatment of these disorders. Why do people age? Why are aging-associated diseases steadily increasing? In an aging society the investigation of these questions has a high relevance. Successful modern top-level research is based on close-knit collaboration and communication. The concept of the new building provides the unique opportunity to match all CECAD research groups in spatial proximity, combined with approach to the latest molecular research methods and to create a worldwide unique center of aging research through the close vicinity of the Max Planck Institutes.


14:00 Champagne Reception

Welcoming addresses

  • Thomas Rachel, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Svenja Schulze, North Rhine-Westphalia's Minister for Innovation, Science and Research,
  • Jürgen Roters, Lord Mayor of the city of Cologne
  • Prof. Dr. Axel Freimuth, Rector of the University of Cologne
  • Prof. Dr. Edgar Schömig, Medical Director and Chairman of Executive Board of the University Hospital, Cologne
  • Prof. Jens C. Brüning, Scientific Coordinator of CECAD, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research, Director of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Preventive Medicine of the University Hospital, Cologne

Panel Interview

Moderation: Dr. Ralf Müller-Schmid, Head of DRadio Wissen

Panel guests: Representatives of the CECAD Research Areas and Platforms

  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Langer, Research Area A - Vice Coordinator of CECAD, Institute of Genetics
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Benzing, Research Area B – Director of the University Hospital for Internal Medicine II, Cologne
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Hallek , Research Area C - Vice Coordinator of CECAD, Director of the University Hospital for Internal Medicine I, Cologne
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Krönke, Research Area D - Vice Dean of the Medical Faculty of the University of Cologne, Director of the Institute for Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene
  • Prof. Dr. Carien Niessen , Platform for Gender and Career Development, Research Area E - Clinic of Dermatology, University Hospital Cologne
  • Prof. Dr. Jens C. Brüning, Research Area F
  • Prof. Dr. Oliver Cornely, Translational Platform - Medical Director of the Clinical Trials Center of the University of Cologne   


Picture Gallery
Opening Ceremony

May 2, 2013
Venue: CECAD Research Center, Joseph-Stelzmann-Str. 26, D-50931 Cologne