In order to understand the fundamental principles of life, it is necessary to research biological processes. Here, the focus is on insight into the basic mechanisms of diseases and the identification of molecular switches that contribute to the severity of a disease. In this way, it is possible to advance diagnosis and develop suitable treatments. Hence, life sciences encompass a broad range of tasks in which medical genome research, systematic biology, systematic medicine, bio- and medical informatics and neurosciences play an important role. They deliver new methods and technologies to model biological processes. Moreover, basic research in life sciences bears the huge responsibility of ensuring that new scientific approaches take into account ethical, legal, and social implications.
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As a long-standing and experienced partner, we use our technical expertise for the design, implementation and support of various programmes. We have developed a number of funding instruments within systematic medicine that are designed to provide assistance during the early stages of research careers. So far, three initiatives have been launched within systematic medicine, with others to follow. Operating alongside ‘Junior Groups in Systematic Medicine’, this area will see the launch of targeted funding to promote alliances between young researchers within ‘Junior Associations’. We conduct workshops with interested applicants, provide platforms for scientific networking, and organise status seminars for the projects we fund. In addition, we organise national and international seminars to discuss ethical issues.