Charité works more closely with Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital

Together for Health: Memorandum of Understanding signed

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Berlin, 17.102023

In order to further intensify their cooperation, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. The institutions intend to cooperate even more closely in many areas in the future. This includes, among other things, the exchange of knowledge, students and staff as well as cooperation in global health research, precision medicine, telemedicine and clinical trials. Patients, employees and researchers should benefit equally.

Digitisation, shortage of skilled workers and rapid scientific progress – the challenges of healthcare provision and research are similar in Sweden and Germany. This is where the three institutions come in with their intensified cooperation.

New strategies for healthcare of the future

Among the priorities of Charité’s cooperation with Karolinska University Hospital will be new strategies for healthcare in the future. “Innovative solutions are needed to recruit, train and retain staff in the future. We can also benefit from an exchange and joint projects in the digitalisation of healthcare,” says Prof. Dr. Heyo K. Kroemer, Chairman of the Board of Charité. “The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with Karolinska University Hospital is therefore an important step to pave the way for cooperation programmes or the development of telemedical care programmes.” Joint clinical trials are also to be set up, especially on cell and gene therapies.

The cooperation agreements were signed today, Tuesday 17 October, at the World Health Summit. The World Health Summit is the world’s leading international conference on global health.

Tackling global health problems together

“I am very pleased that through the Memorandum of Understanding we can further deepen our relationship with the Karolinska Institutet,” says Prof. Dr. Joachim Spranger, Dean of the Charité, who signed the Memorandum as Head of Faculty. “Through the exchange of students, staff and knowledge, we want to learn from each other in different areas – this also includes the exchange of best practices on research and university management,” says Spranger.

Other focal points of the cooperation declaration are global health research, cancer research, precision medicine and artificial intelligence. In joint research projects, the faculties want to share resources, expertise and technologies.

Knowledge exchange in teaching, research and patient care

Karolinska University Hospital and Charité also run several joint projects, especially in the field of hospital management. These are dedicated, for example, to the consequences of the COVID 19 pandemic, concepts for industry partnerships and digitalisation in healthcare. Both institutions are founding members of the European University Hospital Alliance, where they collaborate in numerous working groups to improve healthcare and make European healthcare systems more sustainable.

International networking of the Charité

Only an internationally positioned science can be successful. Charité therefore specifically promotes its international networking through strategic partnerships, institutional networks, research collaborations and clinical partnerships. As part of international strategic networks, it cooperates with medical faculties and university hospitals worldwide – for example within the framework of the European University Hospital Alliance (EUHA) and the “M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies”.

Prof. Dr. Joachim Spranger (Dean of Charité), Prof. Dr. Annika Östman Wernerson (President Karolinska Institutet), Prof. Dr. Heyo K. Kroemer (Chairman of the Board of Charité) and Dr. Björn Zoëga (CEO Karolinska University Hospital) sign the cooperation agreements (from left to right) © Charité | Artur Krutsch