Central Institute

The scientific focus of medical engineering is of the greatest societal relevance in light of demographic development and is incorporated into an excellent research environment at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). The goal is to prolong life expectancy, to improve the quality of life, and to reduce healthcare costs. Scientists at the FAU have contributed fundamentally to topics in medical imaging, telemedicine, biomaterials, and therapeutic systems.

The field of medical engineering has advanced to one of the core programs at the FAU – more than 120 professors and lecturers are active within this field at the university and have been incorporated into this institutional framework since the founding of the Central Institute of Medical Engineering (ZiMT) in December 2009.

All activities in this research area are combined by the Central Institute of Medical Engineering (ZiMT) to further develop the research network focused on medical engineering within and beyond the university and to ensure a more transparent public image of the highly dynamic medical engineering field at the FAU.

The Central Institute of Medical Engineering (ZiMT) functions as an interface between industry and science. The core responsibilities of the ZiMT include the coordination of the expertise of its numerous member institutions as well as the engineering Bachelor and Master degree programs “Medical Engineering” at the FAU.

The largest university of Northern Bavaria therefore holds an organizational unit to optimize the medical engineering profile, significantly improving the framework for interdisciplinary cooperation in the diversified research area of medical engineering.