Understanding and successfully treating physical trauma

Physical trauma is the most common cause of death in people under 45 years. Severe injuries - often caused by traffic or work accidents or other forms of external forces - are frequently further complicated by complex systemic reactions in the bodies of the patients with life-threatening consequences. For this reason a Collaborative Trauma Research Center was established in Ulm, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) with eleven million euros. The Collaborative Research Center 1149 'Danger Response, Disturbance Factors and Regenerative Potential after Acute Trauma' conducts research into the biomedical mechanisms involved in physical trauma. The objective: developing effective strategies to successfully treat trauma patients with life-threatening injuries.

Trauma research in Ulm - cross-disciplinary and highly successful

The medical victories of Ulm-based trauma research are not merely owed to its remarkable tradition in clinical and scientific trauma surgery, but are rooted in a solid cross-disciplinary research platform that looks both at physical and psychological trauma. The above mentioned Center for Trauma Research Ulm, established at Ulm University in 2016 with support from the State of Baden-Württemberg, brings these two areas together.

Other essential pillars of the research center are the Center for Musculoskeletal Research Ulm (zmfu) and the Competence Center Child Abuse and Neglect.

The Trauma Network Ulm is a collaboration of numerous physicians and researchers who work at medical care and research facilities in the region. Partners are: