Helmholtz Zentrum München is a research institution of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Free State of Bavaria and member of the Helmholtz Association. It is divided into 28 research institutes and independent departments, which are interlinked and cooperate on various topics and in various research programs. The center has diverse technology platforms which function as central service units. Helmholtz Zentrum München studies the complex systems of life at the interface between environmental impact and genetic predisposition. The research mission of Helmholtz Zentrum München is to increase understanding of disease mechanisms which affect human beings and essential parts of their environment. The research focuses is on Environmental Health, and specifically on diseases related to the environment such as lung diseases and illnesses of the immune system. Besides, Helmholtz Zentrum München contributes to the elucidation of the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases.
The department of Medical Information Systems (HMGU) within the Institute for Biological and Medical Imaging focuses on developing intelligent systems for complex clinical working environments and on systems for the delivery of medical knowledge in routine health care by developing and testing suitable methods and technology and by making them available for practical use. The methods of medical communication and information, for example electronic medical records and telemedicine, serve to improve the communication of patient related data and make medical knowledge available at the health professional’s workplace. They provide support in the care for chronically ill people.
For more information, visit the website of the Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging.