Berlin - This will provide around 100 million euros for research into health in various phases of human life by 2021. Research teams from the fields of child and youth health, the world of work, women's and men's health and health in old age can apply for research funding for the funding initiative "".
For Federal Research Minister Johanna Wanka (CDU) it is important to that the focus is on the particularities of the individual phases of human life. “Children and adolescents have to be treated with different drugs than adults. In women, illnesses often manifest themselves through different symptoms than in men. Research has to investigate the specifics even more intensively. In this way, appropriate approaches to health promotion, prevention and care can be developed, ”explained Wanka at the presentation of the initiative in Berlin.
The first two areas - child health and the health of the elderly - are already starting, research teams focusing on gender medicine and workplace health can apply for appropriate research funding in the course of the first quarter of 2016.
It is important to the Ministry of Research that there be research work on the different "life spans" and the "change in life phases", explained Tobias Kurth, Professor for Epidemiology, chairman of the advisory group for this funding initiative. Kurth will take on chair for public health at the Charité next year.
"The focus of this program is on staying healthy instead of being sick." He hopes that there will be many interdisciplinary teams in particular for research funding apply. It is also important that more research is carried out in the field of translation. Kurth also believes that communication between medical societies should be improved.