The Max Planck Institute for Medical Research currently consists of four departments and seven independent research groups. They are supported by several scientific facilities and central services that build the imperative infrastructure of the institute.
The infrastructure of the institute is coordinated by the administration. Both the board of directors and the administration interact with the general administration of the Max Planck Society in Munich regarding budgetary, personnel and policy issues. Two outside bodies assist the institute: the Scientific Advisory Board and the Board of Trustees, respectively.
Managing Director: Joachim Spatz
Deputy Managing Director: Kai Johnsson
Head of Administration: Joachim Müller
Scientific Coordinator: Nana Keinath
Ombudsperson of the Institute: Jochen Reinstein
Section Member of Scientific Staff: Matthias Fischer
Equal Opportunity Representative: Elisabeth Fuhry
Deputy Equal Opportunity Representative: Heike Böhm
Board of Directors
The leadership of the institute is in the hands of a Board of Directors (Kollegium), each of whom is responsibile for one of the scientific departments. (Directors are formally also 'Scientific Members' of the Max Planck Society.) The Kollegium is responsible for scientific, financial and organizational issues concerning the institute as a whole. The directors alternate in the role of Managing Director of the institute for agreed periods.
The Faculty at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research comprises the Directors and all the other scientists at the institute with formally independent status. The Faculty works closely with the Managing Director and with the Board of Directors on matters affecting the institute.