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INFECTIONS in an Urbanizing World - Humans, Animals, Environments

Improved hygiene and better prevention and treatment have diminished the incidence of infectious diseases particularly in industrialised countries. However, increasing antibiotic resistance, emergence of new pathogens, together with changes in pathogen distribution due to altered climate and mobility are global challenges for humankind. The Leibniz Research Alliance (LRA) INFECTIONS aims to establish an interdisciplinary research agenda and opens up new avenues of communication across disciplines. New strategies and methods for early warning and outbreak management systems will be developed to control spread of pathogens.


  • Leibniz im Bundestag: Gespräch über Reduzierung des Antibiotika-Einsatzes in der Tierhaltung

    Dr. Tina Kabelitz, Leiterin der AG "Infektionen und AMR in der Nutztierhaltung" am Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. (ATB) und Wissenschaftlerin des Leibniz- Forschungsverbunds INFECTIONS nahm letzte Woche an dem Dialogformat „Leibniz im Bundestag“ teil und traf sich Rahmen in dieses Fachgespräch mit dem Politiker Josef Rief (CDU/CSU).

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  • Stenotrophomonas maltophilia: Valuable tool developed for the study of the hospital germ

    The bacterium Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is an opportunistic nosocomial pathogen that can cause severe infections in immunocompromised patients. A key feature of this bacterium is its ability to form a biofilm on virtually any surface, giving them increased resistance to antimicrobial drugs. To better study biofilms, the use of fluorescently labeled bacterial cells has proven essential.

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  • 5th Plenary Meeting of the Leibniz Research Alliance INFECTIONS

    On May 11 and 12, 2023, the representatives of the Leibniz Research Network INFECTIONS will meet for their 5th plenary meeting in Hamburg. This year's meeting will be hosted by the German Institute for Global and Area Studies / Leibniz Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA). Together, the progress of current research projects will be discussed and new projects, such as the first Citizen Science project of the alliance, in which the GIGA is also actively involved, will be presented.


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Prof. Dr. Ulrich E. Schaible
Research Center Borstel, Leibniz Lung Center (FZB)
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Dr. Susanne Pätzold
Research Center Borstel, Leibniz Lung Center (FZB)
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Britta Weller
Research Center Borstel, Leibniz Lung Center (FZB)
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Dr. Anna Holst
Research Center Borstel, Leibniz Lung Center (FZB)
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