Faculty of Medicine Mannheim

The younger (German) of the University of Heidelberg's two Medical Faculties was founded in1964. It is located at the university hospital complex in Mannheim (German), maintained by the City. A central research interest is medical technology. The Central Institute of Mental Health is an integral part of the Faculty.
e-learning database KELDAmed
In conjunction with Heidelberg's University Library and Computer Centre (German), the Mannheim Medical and Scientific Library has been developing the annotated "KELDAmed" e-learning database. These resources are available free of charge on the Internet and are designed to improve basic, ongoing and continuing electronic education in medicine. Regular courses for students on the use of these resources are all part of the service.

The centrally located Mannheim campus is close-knit and conveniently sized. Together with a near-ideal 11:1 ratio of students to teaching staff unrivalled at almost any other German medical faculty, it provides excellent opportunities for intensive personal contact. For the advancement of outstandingly gifted and ambitious students a Junior Scientific Masterclass Programme has been set up in conjunction with the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen providing study-integrated training in clinical research.

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Research centre SFB 636 examines the role of learning processes associated with disorders like anxiety, depression and addiction in the occurrence of maladaptive plastic changes in the brain.

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The institutes and clinics

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Medicine-related courses

The Faculty takes account of developments in the present-day medical world by supplementing traditional education in medicine with two medicine-related courses. The Master's degree course "Human Medicine with a Qualification in Business Management" is run jointly with the University of Mannheim under the aegis of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine Mannheim. It provides 15 students a year with a grounding in business management. In addition, they are given an introduction to health economics and health law with special reference to the practical and scientific issues involved.

The Master's course "Medical Physics" is conducted in collaboration with University College London, the Harvard Medical School, the Duke University Medical Center, the Johns Hopkins University and the Jiao Tong University of Shanghai. The course is held in English and provides 40 students of medicine, physics, the biosciences, information technology and engineering with internationally acknowledged qualifications as medical physicists.

In its research endeavours, the Mannheim Faculty concentrates largely on oncology, neuronal plasticity, vascular medicine and medical technology.

The highly interdisciplinary nature of these four research fields is indicated not only by the involvement of almost all the hospitals and institutes connected with the Faculty but also by the cooperation with the University of Mannheim, the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research and of course the Faculty of Medicine in Heidelberg.

Master's course on Medical Physics
The seminars and practicals of the Master's course on Medical Physics are followed by an academic thesis. German students write their theses at partner institutions in the United States. The picture shows students at the linear accelerator attending a demonstration on the fundamentals of dosimetry with the water phantom.

Medical technology

A unique feature of the Mannheim Faculty of Medicine is its research interest in medical technology. Close association with the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences makes this venture a pioneering response to the call for greater emphasis on application-oriented research. Major concerns are the development of optical measuring techniques, the simulation of operative and diagnostic procedures, the development of operation support systems, the advancement of minimally invasive surgical techniques, and software development.

Biomechanics and Experimental Orthopaedics Laboratory
In conjunction with the Chair of Computer Science V and the Chair of Computer Engineering at the University of Mannheim and the Institute of CAE at the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, the Biomechanics and Experimental Orthopaedics Laboratory is developing the prototype for a hand-held robot (Intelligent Tool Drive, ITD) to assist in bone surgery. After demonstrating its potential in pedicle screw placement, its range of applications will be extended to other kinds of operation.

The Central Institute of Mental Health (ZI), a state foundation under public law, enjoys an uncontested reputation as a centre of excellence in psychiatry. It is especially notable for its success in the implementation of basic research on neurobiology and functional imaging in the field of diagnosis and therapy. The ZI has an almost uninterrupted sequence of Research Foundation-funded collaborative research centres to its name, all of which have been brought to successful completion. The current project 636 is dedicated to "Learning, Memory and Brain Plasticity: Implications for Psychopathology". The Central Institute of Mental Health is especially distinctive for its interdisciplinary approach and cross-linkage between clinical, behavioural and basic research.

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