The foundation of the Cancer Research Center Cologne Essen (CCCE) was formally initiated by the Deans of the Medical Faculties of the Universities of Cologne and Duisburg-Essen, the Boards of the University Hospitals Essen and Cologne and the Directors of the Comprehensive Cancer Centers with an agreement signed on January 29, 2018 with support of the Federal Minister for Culture and Science of the State North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Mrs. Isabelle Pfeiffer-Poensgen.
Project funding for establishment of the Cancer Research Center Cologne Essen (CCCE) was provided by the State Ministry of Culture and Science NRW on January 31, 2019. At each of the CCCE sites, Cologne and Essen, two CCCE professorships (W3) and two CCCE junior groups positions were established.
The cooperation contract between the Universities of Cologne and Duisburg-Essen and the University Hospitals Essen and Cologne was signed in March 2019 to formally establish the Cancer Research Center Cologne Essen (CCCE) as a joint cancer research center of both universities and university hospitals.
Following a highly competitive scientific review process, the CCCE was selected as one of the in total six sites of the extended National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in September 2020. The NCT receives long-term funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the State NRW to promote internationally leading translational cancer research, foster patient access to the latest innovations in personalized oncology and diagnostics, and to streamline the transfer of cancer research into clinical application to the benefit of patients. The CCCE represents the contribution of the state NRW to this national effort.
The Cancer Research Center Cologne Essen (CCCE) promotes research on clinical and biomarker findings obtained from cancer patients (reverse translation), validation of new therapeutic and diagnostic concepts in model systems and clinical studies (forward translation) to ultimately improve cancer survival. A strong focus is put on data sciences and computational oncology, which will enable a new level of personalization of care for each cancer patient.
The first four CCCE professorships have been established at the Medical Faculties in Cologne and Essen in the summer semester 2019.
Professor Dr. Dr. Jens Kleesiek, Full professorship (W3) for translational image-guided oncologyCologne
Full professorship (W3) for translational immune oncology
Professor Dr. Christin Seifert, Full professorship (W3) for medical data science in oncologyCologne
Full professorship (W3) for computational biology
To connect our two sites we have developed an IT-infrastructure and network, which enables a standardized and semantically interoparable data exchange. Relying on open and up-to-date technology standards, such data exchange is not limited to Essen and Cologne, but can be expanded to further cooperation partners. Two use case videos show the established infrastructure for data exchange and collaboration of the two CCCE sites.