Mildred Scheel Cancer Career Center Hamburg


Welcome to the Mildred Scheel Cancer Career Center Hamburg - MSNZ Hamburg!

Our HaTriCS4 (=Hamburg Translational Research in Cancer: Stimulating, Shaping and Sustaining Scientific Careers) funding programme with its focus on "Dissemination and Metastasis" has set itself the task of strengthening young scientists in oncology. The German Cancer Aid supports our program over a period of 5 years.

Our programme is aimed at clinicians working in the field of science (so-called Clincian Scientists) and scientists working in cancer research (Medical Scientists).

The declared goals are to strengthen interdisciplinary, inter-professional and inter-institutional cooperation and to create and to highlight transparent and attractive career perspectives in translational cancer research for clinicians and medical scientists, both in academic research and in alternative fields and professions. In doing so, we support our fellows in the best possible way with all the means at our disposal.

Specifically, we will implement the following points:

  • establishment, support and supervision of interdisciplinary partner laboratories, consisting of a team of one medical and one clinician scientist.

  • Consolidation of a multi-level, competitive tenure track system for excellent cancer researchers to create transparent, long-term career paths at the site.

  • Expansion of the Clinician Scientist concept to create guaranteed research freedom in the daily routine of physicians.

  • Inclusion of the partner network in the Hamburg metropolitan region and other academic university locations (Kiel, Lübeck) in northern Germany.

  • Other infrastructural measures:
    • Organisation of an annual career exchange - Cancer Careers Day
    • Expansion of "Core Facilities" in the field of experimental tumour models and bioinformatics to support translational cancer research at the site
    • Development of a structured and innovative oncological / tumor biology teaching and training program to attract young scientists
    • Establishment of interdisciplinary mentoring teams, coaching as a means of strategic career planning and on the way to becoming a leader in the field, and targeted further and advanced training ofoour fellows in individually set focal points

  • needs-oriented support for the reconciliation of work and family/occupation and leisure time.

Upcoming Events

Three years of the Mildred Scheel Young Investigators Center at UCCH- Symposium on November 22, 2022 at Erikahaus

Since 2019, the German Cancer Aid (DKH) has been funding our Mildred Scheel Cancer Career Center as one of five selected centers in Germany. Since 2020, we have already supported more than 40 Medical and Clinician Scientists in a wide variety of funding lines, through funding of positions, but also through support, advanced training, coaching, mentoring and networking.

This is a good reason for us to pause for a moment and look back before we start the next three years of DKH funding. For this reason, we cordially invite all interested colleagues to our first MSNZ Hamburg Symposium on November 22, 2022, starting at 9 a.m. in the Erikahaus (W29) on the UKE campus.In three lecture sessions and one poster session at noon, MSNZ Fellows will present the results of their projects and invite discussion.

Finally, our Advisory Board Member, Prof. Bruce Zetter (Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Boston, MA, USA) will summarize the symposium embedded in the current state of research in the field of dissemination and metastasis. This will be followed by an opportunity to network and exchange ideas over a snack and a glass of wine or water.

We look forward to welcoming all interested colleagues and also potential new MSNZ Fellows to this exciting event. As the number of seats available at the Erikahaus is unfortunately limited, we ask for your understanding that we will only be able to inform you after the end of the registration period whether you have been able to secure a place on site. In any case, for all those who cannot be present on site, we offer the possibility to follow the symposium/presentations via livestream and also to join in the discussion.

If you now feel like meeting us on November 22, please register/register for the event by sending an email to by November 15, 2022 and indicate/indicate if you would like to be there on site. We will then notify you/you in a timely manner. You can find a program/poster for the symposium here .

To visit the livestream, enter here !

Join us on November 22, we are looking forward to meeting you!