Bonn is chosen as location for the new, national Dementia Research Centre
“Congratulations to Bonn, Jülich and Cologne! A great success for the region and a big step forward for North Rhine-Westphalia on its way to becoming the No. 1 Innovation State”, announced Minister of Innovation, Prof. Andreas Pinkwart excitedly after finding out about the decision on March 11th.
The Dementia Research Centre will be funded to the tune of 50 to 60 million Euros per year and will carry out research on neuro-degenerative illnesses like Alzheimer’s or Parkinsons. The core centre will have about 700 employees, among others many renowned top scientists. Around 200,000 people are afflicted with dementia each year in Germany. The cabinet of the North Rhine-Westphalia government has already agreed to finance the building as well as take on 10% of the running costs of the centre if the federal government decides on a location in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The federal Minister for Sciences, Dr Annette Schavan followed, with her decision today, the proposal of the selection committee headed by the President of the Helmholtz Association, Prof. Jürgen Mlynek. The application presented last week by Bonn University together with their partners in Cologne and Jülich, had already been seen as having a good chance.
The expertise in neuro and aging related research, in and around Bonn, already enjoys international attention. The Caesar Foundation, as part of the Max-Planck-Association, the university hospital and LIFE&BRAIN are among the outstanding addresses in Bonn today. With the Jülich Research Centre, both Max-Planck-Institutes for the biology of aging and neurological research in Cologne, as well as the cluster of excellence for aging research at Cologne University, there are even more top-notch research locations nearby. Only one year ago, the Max-Planck-Association decided on Cologne as the location for its new institute for the biology of aging.