Transplant engineering
as an alternative to immunosuppression.

Network Partners

Institute for Transfusion Medicine at Hannover Medical School (ITM)

The ITM focuses on transplant immunology in organ and stem cell transplantations as well as immunotherapy to combat infection and cancer. With these two research areas in allogeneic cell therapy and adoptive immunotherapy, the institute is actively involved in all priority programs at Hannover Medical School (transplantation and stem cell research, regenerative medicine, infection and immunity research as well as biomedical engineering and implant research) and is a part of powerful research networks at both the national and international level.

The Adoptive Immunotherapy working group focuses on strategies of cellular immune defense against infection and cancer in which antigen-specific and genetically modified immune cells are developed and applied (alloCELL©); for some patients these strategies are often the only therapeutic option available. The Allogeneic Cell Therapy working group focuses on strategies for tolerance induction by transplant engineering in allogeneic and xenogeneic cells, tissues and organs (Invisible Organs©) and the development of cell therapeutics made from induced and optimized pluripotent stem cells for transfusion therapy and bioartificial organs (Invisible Cells©).

Institute for Structural Elements, Mechatronics and Electromobility at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts (IKME)

At IKME, the faculties of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology as well as Mechanical and Bioprocess Engineering jointly cooperate in the fields of electrical machines, construction mechatronics and control technology. Fields of application include drive and automation technology, electromobility, energy technology as well as mechatronic product development and production.

With these priorities, the IKME research unit is part of the research cluster Energy – Mobility – Processes (EMP) of the University of Applied Sciences, which advances research and development of innovative products and processes in the socio-politically relevant areas of energy supply, energy efficiency and mobility as well as process and system engineering. 

IKME uniquely reflects the entire development and production chain within electrical engineering and transfers sophisticated methods and modern technologies into market- and industry-compatible products and solutions in cooperation with industrial partners. In the in addition to structural elements particularly relevant field of control engineering, IKME focuses on non-linear model-based control, state estimation and real-time optimal control of non-linear multivariable communications and processes.

Center of Health Economics Research Hannover at the Leibniz University Hannover (CHERH)

CHERH provides a platform for a long-term cooperation between Leibniz University Hannover and Hannover Medical School and brings together medical doctors, economists and public health scientists to perform high-quality research jointly. It is one of the four health economics centers in Germany funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. 

The overall aim of CHERH is to achieve a high level of health economic research and to support the optimization of healthcare processes in Germany. The results of CHERH research are used for improving treatment patterns, understanding patients’ needs and preferences, optimizing the delivery of healthcare products and services to patients, as well as the costs and benefits of different healthcare programs and interventions.