The new KiTZ building
To unite research and clinic under one roof, the University Hospital Heidelberg (UKHD) and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) are planning a new building for the KiTZ in the Neuenheimer field between the Children's Hospital and the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT).
20 beds for children and adolescents with cancer and serious blood diseases are planned for the new KiTZ building. Day clinic and outpatients' department will be located there as well. 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 already started. In 2020/21, the construction of the approximately 5,000-square-meter building with five floors is to be started. Completion is scheduled for 2022/23.
The Dietmar Hopp Foundation supports the construction project, whose total cost is around 50 million euros, with 20 million euros. Other foundations and major private donors have confirmed their support so that the financing of the new building has now been largely secured.