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The Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Die Ruhr-Universität Bochum Founded in 1962, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) was the first new university founded in the Federal Republic of Germany after the end of World War II. Located in the Ruhr region, Europe's largest single economic zone, it is Germany's eighth largest university. Today, more than forty years after the RUB was established, more than half the population of what was once Europe's "coal pot", dominated by mining and steelworks, is employed in the service sector. The university is very much a part of this structural change. With close to 35,000 students, some 6700 employees and 433 professors, RUB is proud of its pioneering role in many fields. For more information: www.rub.de

Centrig - Centre for Interdisciplinary Health Research

Maintaining quality of life - despite scarce resources

Health is a valuable asset - and an expensive one. All the more alarming therefore are the findings of current studies into our healthcare system: the shortages of some services and the inefficient distribution of others are eating up billions in unnecessary costs. Individually tailored prevention measures and optimization of diagnostic and therapeutic services could allow scarce resources to be more efficiently utilized and fairly distributed for the benefit of patients. This is our only hope of guaranteeing that high-quality health care will continue to be available to all.

Bringing people together

Anyone seeking to reform the health system must first identify the causes underlying the shortages of some services and the inefficient distribution of others. In order to study the scope, structure, target groups, costs and benefits of health services, scientists and academics from many different disciplines need to work together: for example medical researchers studying curative aspects, sociologists and economists looking at economic forces, and sports scientists and psychologists advising on prevention and chronic illness. The idea of Centrig, a centre for interdisciplinary health research, is born.
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