8 September 1999

Foundation stone laid for the University of Heidelberg's new Otto Meyerhof Centre for Outpatient and Clinical Research

The following is an extract from Rector Juergen Siebke's words of welcome on the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone on 8 September 1999. It outlines the aims and significance of the new centre.

"The idea behind the Otto Meyerhof Centre is to create the premises required for an extension of clinical research to the sphere of outpatient care. This implies a systematic link-up of research with the care provided for patients in the outpatient and day-clinic sectors. The Centre is thus an intermediary between the basic research going on at the Scientific Services Centre (Theoretikum) and the patient-care institutions making up the so-called 'hospital ring'.

The Otto Meyerhof Centre is designed as a utility building to be placed at the disposal of clinical work groups for a limited space of time. Its future uses are legion: research fields envisaged extend from human genetics to pain research and from follow-up care for transplant patients to environmental toxicity. This wide-ranging ambit makes it possible to be very flexible in constituting research groups examining subjects from various different vantages and thus greatly enhances our potential for valuable interdisciplinary approaches.

This in itself represents a cardinal prerequisite for the succcess of basic research, without which a university cannot be truly said to fulfil its mission. Hence the very special gratification with which the University of Heidelberg welcomes this new location for front-line medical research and teaching in the Rhine-Neckar bio-region."

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