Competence Center Diabetes Karlsburg (KDK)
The competence Center for Diabetes in Karlsburg (KDK) is a center for regional promotion of the applied clinically oriented research with two essential mainstays: Plasma medicine and wound healing/diabetes. For this, the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP Greifswald) and the Karlsburg Clinic of the Clinic Group Dr. Guth GmbH & Co.KG have come together to bundle the expertise in plasma technology, and wound healing and diabetes research for the well-being of the patients.
With this translational approach the KDK brings interdisciplinary research into the clinic – a unique characteristic in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and in the area of plasma medicine throughout Europe. Thus, at the KDK a basis is provided for proximity to patient, application-oriented basic research in the treatment of chronic wounds with the aid of plasma technology and other innovative technologies.
For this, varied laboratory equipment is made available that enables biological medical research, as well as electrical engineering physical investigations. This clinical research consequently includes development of prototypes testing of new materials, as well as complete cell biology and microbiology – including the molecular biological and histochemical analysis methods. These should extend beyond the daily clinic routine in order to enable a complete diagnosis, from microbiological analysis of the wound colonization (e.g. in exsudat) to measurement of growth factors and cytokines, and extending to molecular-biological analysis of cell signal paths. This data should then, combined with the clinical diagnostics, result in a complete and temporally seamless picture of the wounds.
With this unique trans-disciplinary approach, for the first time it is possible to identify complex processes such as the healing of chronic wounds, and to develop appropriate therapy approaches directly on site and adapt them to the patients individually
Expertise and technical orientation of the Competence Center for Diabetes Karlsburg (KDK)