The KiTZ building

Consolidating research and clinical treatment

The new KiTZ building

To unite research and clinic under one roof, the Heidelberg University Hospital (UKHD) and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) are planning a new building for the KiTZ in Neuenheimer Feld between the Children's Hospital and the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT).

In an area of ​​around 6,900 square meters, about 250 doctors, scientists and experts from all medical fields - from basic research to clinical application - will work on developing individual approaches for better diagnosis and treatment of children with cancer.

The new KiTZ building will house 24 full inpatient beds and twelve day-care beds for children and adolescents with cancer and severe blood disorders, as well as outpatient clinics.. In addition, all preclinical and clinical research units for pediatric oncology and hematology from DKFZ and UKHD will move into the new building. There will also be a unit for early clinical trials: In the "KiTZ Clinical Trial Unit", new drugs for pediatric cancer medicine are developed and tested under controlled conditions, so that patients get access to new medicines.

The planning phase has now begun. The architect's office Heinle, Wischer und Partner from Stuttgart was commissioned to realize the new building in Neuenheimer Feld.

The land on which the new building is being constructed is provided by the state Baden-Württemberg. The Dietmar Hopp Foundation and Gerda Tschira's ODWIN gGmbH bear the majority of the construction costs totalling 85 million euros and are building the new building that they are donating to the state of Baden-Württemberg. Other donors include Bild Hilft e.V. with six million and the Mannheim-based entrepreneur Dr. Manfred Fuchs, who is supporting the project with one million euros.

Further information on the new KiTZ building:

On September 24, 2020, representatives of the foundations, together with those responsible from politics, the KiTZ, medicine and science as well as the architectural office, presented the concept of the building at a press conference.

On September 22, 2022, the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new building in the Neuenheimer Feld took place.