[The German competence network inflammatory bowel disease (KNCED) -- network research leads to the identification of the cause of disease and to the improvement in patient care].

Christian Sina, Stefan Schreiber, Jörg C Hoffmann, Gerhard Rogler, Jürgen Schölmerich, Martin Zeitz, Ulrich R Fölsch
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Med. Klin. (Munich)
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Medizinische Klinik (Munich, Germany : 1983)
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The competence network chronic inflammatory bowel disease (KN-CED) is one of 17 networks of competence initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). These networks are concerned with disease patterns which are characterized by their high frequency, high mortality rate or which present a large expense factor. The project-executing organization is the German Center for Air and Space Travel (DLR e. V.). The central structure of organization is the Telematic Platform for medical Networks (TMF e. V.). Aim of the KN-CED is to investigate, in their complexity, the incurable chronic diseases ulcerative colitis and Crohn''s disease, particularly with regard to the causes of disease, the establishment of new therapy standards as well as patient care. To achieve this goal, the competence network is integrated into both national and international research associations and is also backed by the national self-help group DCCV and the pharmaceutical industry. Principal items of the competence network are the core facilities and their main focus on molecular genetics, animal and cell models and serum markers. Having stored the data of more than 4,000 patients so far, the central database of the competence network is one of the largest databases worldwide with regard to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The successful cooperation within the network is reflected in numerous publications. Thus, two of the three known genes of Crohn''s disease were identified. Also with the participation of the competence network national guidelines for the diagnosis and therapy of IBD were generated.Furthermore, the competence network operates study centers where significant therapeutic developments in the field of biotechnological drugs are taking place. The analysis of existing structures of care as well as the development of standards of organization for patients with IBD top the research within the competence network and emphasize the claim to find comprehensive answers to the questions connected with IBD.