Comprehensive Centers of Inflammation Medicine (CCIM)
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The Comprehensive Centers for Inflammation Medicine (CCIM) are large outpatient clinics for inflammatory diseases at the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel and Lübeck. Through close cooperation between different specialists, they enable the best possible patient care. The goal of the centers is to facilitate interdisciplinary treatment of patients with serious chronic inflammatory diseases as efficiently and quickly as possible.
The CCIMs are also responsible for the creation and characterization of clinical cohorts for research purposes, and provide access to new treatments and diagnostic approaches, most of which have been developed in the predecessor cluster "Inflammation at Interfaces".
Systemic approach and individual treatment
These institutions are unique in Germany: since 2009, patients with multiple, partly non-specific inflammatory diseases can find all the specialists they need in one place, from specialists in internal medicine to gastroenterologists, dermatologists, pneumologists and cardiologists, right through to neurologists, rheumatologists and dentists. The patients are discussed in so-called case conferences, where the doctors meet and discuss the patient cases on an interdisciplinary basis. The treatment decision is made jointly by all the specialists.
Access to the latest treatment options
The attending physicians are in close and regular contact with the fundamental researchers of the Cluster of Excellence, who in complicated cases conduct additional genetic testing, for example. Patients are thus always treated and cared for using the latest medical options. In addition, the doctors at the CCIMs carry out numerous large-scale clinical studies on inflammatory diseases. This allows new anti-inflammatory treatments and innovative substances to be used here first.
The clinics are open to all patients from the whole of Germany and abroad who are suffering from chronic inflammation of at least one organ.