Translational Cardiovascular & Metabolic Medicine
Natural SciencesBiological sciencesMedical and Health SciencesClinical medicine

The International Helmholtz Research School “Translational Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine” (TransCard) is a joint endeavor of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), the Charité, the HU, and the FU in Berlin. Funded by the Helmholtz Association, the program trains excellent young researchers at the interface of basic molecular, genetic, and clinical research with the goal of elucidating the molecular mechanisms causing cardiovascular and metabolic diseases and to transfer this knowledge from bench to bedside. The language of instruction is English.


Research areas include cardiovascular and metabolic diseases with a focus on understanding the underlying molecular and pathomechanisms as a basis for improved therapy. This involves basic research utilizing model organisms, cellular systems, systems biology and high throughput approaches as well as clinical research.

TransCard provides an outstanding environment for aspiring PhD students with

  • excellent and challenging research projects ensured by high quality faculty
  • continuous mentoring facilitated by established PhD committees
  • lecture series to provide necessary background on concepts and methods
  • state of the art blended learning environment with e-learning and online cooperation
  • guaranteed attendance of an international scientific meeting plus an advanced course
  • on site and external soft skills course offers
  • personal development through interaction with peers, influence on the curriculum, and organization of a retreat / research meeting
  • opportunity to participate in a clinical visits program (Helios Clinics in Berlin-Buch)

Prof. Dr Michael Gotthardt PD Dr Salim Seyfried Dr Inka Gotthardt Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Freie Universität programme utilising organisation

molecular research, genetic research, clinical research, cardiovascualr diseases, metabolic diseases

Contact Information

Prof. Dr Michael Gotthardt
Dr Francesca Spagnoli
Dr Inka Gotthardt
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch
TransCard Helmholtz Research School
Robert-Rössle-Str. 10
D-13125 Berlin
+49 (0)30 9406 - 42 58 / 22 45
no fixed number
5 per year
Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin