Cutting-edge research 'Made in NRW' showcased at the state parliament


CECAD Scientific Coordinator and Spokesperson, Prof. Dr. Carien Niessen, and Administrative Coordinator, Dr. Sibylle Grandel.

CECAD is among the 14 top excellence clusters of North Rhine-Westphalia which presented their work today, June 12, in the "Bürgerhalle" of the Düsseldorf State Parliament. NRW is currently the most successful state in the Excellence Strategy nationwide, with 14 of the already funded 57 excellence clusters in Germany.

Science Minister Ina Brandes highlighted North Rhine-Westphalia's (NRW) unique research landscape, with 14 of Germany's 57 Clusters of Excellence located there, among these, the Excellence Cluster for Aging Research (CECAD) at the University of Cologne. CECAD investigates ageing processes and age-related diseases such as diabetes, obesity, kidney, skin, and neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's. CECAD´s research aims to uncover molecular and cellular mechanisms of agiing to develop innovative approaches for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

All 14 existing Clusters of Excellence in NRW will seek another seven years of funding, with six new applications from universities in Aachen, Duisburg-Essen, Cologne, Bonn, Dortmund, and Siegen. The German Research Foundation will announce decisions on May 22, 2025, with funding starting January 1, 2026. RWTH Aachen University and the University of Bonn currently hold the "University of Excellence" title, with up to 15 such institutions expected in the next funding period. The Excellence Strategy aims to enhance Germany's scientific competitiveness with substantial federal and state funding.


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