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The DKFZ is Germany’s leading Cancer Research Center situated in the biomedical campus of the Heidelberg University in close vicinity to Heidelberg’s city center. More than 2,000 staff members, including 850 scientists, are engaged in researching the mechanisms of cancer and are working to identify risk factors. Their valuable work is the cornerstone for developing novel approaches in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research provides 90% of the Center’s basic funding; the remainder or 10% comes from the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Heidelberg is home of other top research centers including the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Max-Planck Institute for Medical Research (MPI) and the Center for Molecular Biology in Heidelberg (ZMBH), with whom the DKFZ maintains close relationships.