The Helmholtz Zentrum MÃ¼nchen is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and is responsible for studying environmental health issues. Founded in 1964 as â€³Gesellschaft fÃ¼r Strahlenforschungâ€³ (GSF), it is a joint project of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and Bavaria's Finance Ministry. Nowadays the Helmholtz Zentrum MÃ¼nchen's focus is to investigate chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, lung diseases, illnesses of the immune system or mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases. The head office of the center is located in Neuherberg to the north of Munich. Helmholtz Zentrum MÃ¼nchen has 1700 staff members. Helmholtz Zentrum MÃ¼nchen belongs to the Helmholtz Association, a German research organization with 16 scientific-technical and medical-biological research centers.