Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

The Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin is the medical school for both the Humboldt University and the Free University of Berlin. After the merger with their fourth campus in 2003, the Charité is one of the largest university hospitals in Europe. Complying with an order of King Frederick I of Prussia from November 14, 1709, it was initially established in 1710 north of the Berlin city walls in anticipation of an outbreak of bubonic plague that already had depopulated East Prussia. After the plague spared the city it came to be used as a charity hospital for the poor. On January 9, 1727 Frederick William I of Prussia gave it the name Charité, meaning "charity". The construction of an anatomical theatre in 1713 marks the beginning of the medical school, then supervised by the collegium medico-chirurgicum of the Prussian Academy of Sciences. 1795 saw the establishment of the Pépinière school for the education of military surgeons.

Charitéplatz 1, Berlin, Germany 10117

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Oncology & Cancer

Study sheds light on the mysterious evolution of DNA rings in tumors

Tumors sometimes seem to take on a life of their own, growing at an unusually fast rate or suddenly developing resistance to a cancer drug. This behavior is often explained by cancer genes separating from the cell's own chromosomes ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

The far-reaching consequences of child abuse

Adverse childhood experiences in mothers can affect their children's mental and physical health, as researchers from Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin now report in the journal The Lancet Public Health. The study found ...


Examining the causal mechanism behind rare hereditary diseases

Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPIMG), and the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) have investigated in detail how BPTA syndrome, an extremely rare hereditary condition, ...


Cystic fibrosis drug could help treat pneumonia

Pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2 and pneumococcus can cause severe pneumonia. If the airways then fill with fluid, the patient risks developing acute respiratory distress syndrome. Researchers at Charité—Universitätsmedizin ...

Medical research

Study on the origins of Omicron retracted

Universitätsmedizin Berlin reported new findings on the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 variant Omicron. The team led by Prof. Jan Felix Drexler has now retracted the article, which was published in the journal Science.

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