Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association

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The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) in Berlin, Germany is one of the sixteen research centers of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.

The Center[edit]

The Max Delbrück Center was founded in January 1992 as the successor to the Zentralinstitut für Molekularbiologie which depended on the German Academy of Sciences Berlin until 1990. The center is named after Berlin-born Nobel prize laureate and biophysicist Max Delbrück. The institute combines basic research in Molecular Biology with clinical research, with a focus on multi-organ diseases such as heart failure.

The following four areas are central research topics:

The current scientific director is Martin J. Lohse. He is also a professor at the University of Würzburg, where he founded the Rudolf Virchow Center.


The MDC was ranked 14th in the Thompson Reuters list of the world’s 20 best research institutes for molecular biology and genetics, based on its publication record.

Max Delbrück Medal[edit]

The Max Delbrück Medal has been awarded annually by the Center since its foundation and is presented in Berlin to an outstanding scientist on the occasion of the annual "Berlin Lecture on Molecular Medicine", which the MDC organizes together with other Berlin research institutions and Bayer HealthCare. The award recipient usually delivers a lecture after the award. [1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Max Delbrück Medal for Stem Cell Researcher Professor Hans Schöler". MDC. Retrieved 13 January 2015.

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Coordinates: 52°37′29.4″N 13°30′9.4″E / 52.624833°N 13.502611°E / 52.624833; 13.502611