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At Charité, numerous research groups and their partners pursue promising research avenues which aim at improving health and combating disease.

Charité Global Health will strengthen the competences and visibility of Charité and her partners in the area of Global Health, create syngergies between project leaders, extend and promote the ongoing activities and liaise with policymakers.

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Infectious Diseases

Research in infectious diseases has traditionally attracted a large proportion of international funding for Global Health. While substantial gains have been made achieved in the battle against infectious diseases, they remain a major concern: Pandemic prevention and preparedness and antimicrobial resistance currently range on the top of the German government´s Global Health agenda.

Charité has a long standing tradition in infection research. Today, it is one of the few medical centers that have a full spectrum of infectious disease disciplines in the form of independent departments, run by full professors, in clinical infectious diseases, hospital infection control, tropical medicine, virology, as well as microbiology. The departments and institutes which specialize in infection, inflammation and immunity have joined forces through the foundation of the RCi3 Research Center, combining strengths and expertises of immunology-focused researchers across Charité.

Infection researchers at Charité investigate subjects such as virus diagnostics, patient safety and the relationship between human health, animal health and the environment (“one health”, “Planetary Health”) in cooperation with partners worldwide.

Non-Communicable Diseases

Each year, 15 million people between the ages of 30 and 69 years die from a non-comunicable or chronic disease like cardiovascular disease, metabolic diseases or cancer; over 80% of these "premature" deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. This does not only cause human suffering, but also puts a strain on healthcare systems wordlwide.

At Charité, non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, obesity, diabetes, cancer and mental health represent a large part of the patient population. Charité supports the German National Cohort Study GNC, whose aim is to investigate the causes of chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, rheumatism, infectious diseases, and dementia in order to improve prevention, early diagnoses and treatment of these very widely spread diseases.

International projects at Charité in the area of non-communicable diseases investigate disorders of the respiratory system, especialy in times of climate change, cancers that specifically affect women, and ways of empowering patients in low and middle income countries to better manage their own health, among other issues.

Mental health

According to WHO estimates, around 20% of the world's children and adolescents have mental disorders or problems, and mental and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide. There is a huge inequity in the distribution of skilled human resources for mental health. Additionally, stigma and discrimination prevent people from seeking mental health care even if services are available.

Several clinical neurology and psychiatry units at the Charité investigate intercultural aspects of mental health, mental health of refugees and migrants, psychiatric care in crisis regions and low and middle income countries as well as the relationship between urbanisation and mental health.

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Charité Global Health is the central coordination, communication and service hub for Global Health at the Charité.

Are you working at Charité and already engaged or interested in Global Health projects? Do you need support or are interested in an exchange of experiences?

Call or e-mail us if you

  • would like to receive information and advice regarding Global Health funding opportunities
  • need support in the acquisition of funding, project administration and (political) communication
  • are interested in events to share and exchange experiences with people, institutions and networks within Charité, in Berlin, in Germany or internationally
  • are interested in participating in interdisciplinary research meetings
  • have a best practice or project to share


Nora Anton

German Alliance for Global Health Research

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