The German Center for Lung Research

The German Center for Lung Research (Deutsches Zentrum für Lungenforschung, DZL) is an association of 29 leading university and non-university institutions dedicated to pulmonary research. The DZL coordinates and conducts basic scientific, disease-oriented, and patient-centered research in the field of lung disease meeting the highest international standards. The aim is to translate basic scientific knowledge into new clinical approaches to improving patient care as quickly and efficiently as possible.


Work group of DZL researcher identifies target molecule for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women and accounts for almost 28% of all cancer deaths worldwide, and global incidence is increasing by ~0.5% per year. Lung cancer is often fatal, with a 5-year survival rate of ~14%, primarily owing to a lack of early detection and a lack of effective therapies in later states.


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In a new project, scientists at the German Center for Lung Research (DZL) investigate the impact of e-cigarette vapor on lung health. This interdisciplinary approach combines various projects of all five sites. The project is financed by the prize money of the International Balzan Prize Foundation and additional DZL funds. The DZL was awarded the Balzan Prize in November 2019 for its influential work in the field of pathophysiology of respiration.


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