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The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Germany’s top universities and is characterized by a unique profile with its core domains natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, and medicine. The institutional strategy is focused on strengthening the excellence of disciplinary core competences in research, teaching and learning, but is also targeted towards the promotion of groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research. TUM is committed toward the major challenges facing society in the 21st century in areas such as energy, climate, and environment, natural resources, health and nutrition, communication and information, mobility, and infrastructure. Besides research and teaching, TUM inspires and pro-actively empowers its students, academics, and alumni to think and act entrepreneurially. It initiates growth oriented start-ups and assists its entrepreneurs in building new companies (TUM Entrepreneurship).
TUM enters INNODERM with a dual capacity, this of an co-ordinator and also of engineering strengths applied to dermatology, as also manifested by the generation of the new interdisciplinary Innovation center TRANSLATUM, which is dedicated in bringing engineering excellence to medicine. Under TRANSLATUM, TUM provides to INNODERM an established collaboration, this between the Chairs of Biological Imaging (CBI: Prof. Ntziachristos) and Dermatology (Prof. Biedermann). Driven in this proposal in particular by the Institute for Biological & Medical Imaging (IBMI) – a joined venture of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) and TRANSLATUM, a bridging Institute between Engineering and Medicine, TUM provides world-leading research expertise and infrastructure to INNODERM in particular in the fields of medical imaging / optoacoustics and dermatology research and clinical practice.
Principal Investigator: Prof. Vasilis Ntziachristos
Project manager: Dr. Nike Tsalas