Center for Translational Cancer Research (TranslaTUM)

At the university hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar, TUM is creating a center for translational research in oncology that is unparalleled in Germany. The Center is located in close proximity to the university hospital, supporting rapid translation of novel knowledge and technology into patient care. TranslaTUM is operational since September 2017.

Overcoming disciplinary borders to fight cancer





A modern research building with outstanding potential

The Center is located in close proximity to the university hospital, thus providing quick and easy access to patients for accelerated translational potential. The ultimate goal of this joint effort is to increase the chances of finding a cure for cancer patients.

TranslaTUM comprises approx. 5,600 square meters of research space and state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, accommodating around 16 working groups from different disciplines. The space is designed to foster hybrid laboratories that combine the requirements for molecular and cell biological, engineering, chemistry and physics research. Furthermore, the architecture of the building provides ample open communication areas, creating a friendly atmosphere that makes it as comfortable as possible to develop new ideas and synergistic collaborations while enjoying a coffee or a snack. Shared core facilities promote the flow of ideas and support brainstorming on a daily basis. Further features of the research center include:

The infrastructure of the core facilities will be supported by several items of major instrumentation funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). TranslaTUM is embedded in existing research and clinical structures for cancer research at the TUM School of Medicine, the Klinikum rechts der Isar (Roman Herzog Comprehensive Cancer Center, RH-CCC) and the Comprehensive Cancer Center Munich.

We are building for the future of medicine

TranslaTUM’s interdisciplinary concept and modern infrastructure create the ideal conditions for achieving significant scientific and medical advances in the field of precision medicine. This will help TranslaTUM grow into a German oncological research center with international visibility.

The construction site of TranslaTUM on the campus of the Klinikum rechts der Isar.
Here are some impressions of the construction proceedings of TranslaTUM between February 2015 and March 2017.