The Rudolf Virchow Center is a central institution of the University of Würzburg. The Center was established in January 2002 as one of three pilot projects approved in 2001 by the DFG part of their plan to support national 'Centers of Excellence'. The research groups are working on target proteins: the proteins essential for cellular function and therefore central to health and disease.
Research groups at the Rudolf Virchow Center work in close collaborations with external laboratories, both nationally and internationally. To further promote cooperation within the biomedical community in Würzburg as well as fund promising high-risk projects, the RVZ Network was added in 2006. Furthermore the RVZ develops innovative solutions for imaging, in order to better understand target proteins and their functions.
The Rudolf Virchow Center has also initiated its own undergraduate and postgraduate programs, in cooperation with the Faculties of Biology and Medicine, namely the BSc/MSc program in Biomedicine and the Virchow Graduate Program that is part of the Graduate School of Life Sciences. To promote dialog between science and society, the Public Science Center, the Public Relations department of the Rudolf Virchow Center, organizes many events that complement the research and teaching activities of the Center.