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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.


  • Doreen Werner on the Mosquito Atlas

    “The Tiger mosquito survives the German winter”. When reports of Asian tiger mosquitoes appear in July, it initially gives the impression of a typical summer hole story. But what is behind it? A study commissioned by the German Network against Neglected Tropical Diseases concluded that the habitat of the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) will spread as far as southern and western Germany by 2040, even with a controlled rise in temperature, and in a more pessimistic scenario even as far as Sweden and Norway. So will the tropical diseases it transmits, such as dengue, Zika and chikungunya, become a serious reality in Germany in the future? After all, 100 years ago there were also extensive malaria regions in this country.

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  • Neues Werkzeug für ein besseres Verstädnis des Krankenhauskeimes Stenotrophomonas maltophilia entwickelt

    Immer häufiger treten in Krankenhäusern Infektionen durch Stenotrophomonas maltophilia auf, was insbesondere bei immungeschwächten Patienten zu schweren Verläufen führen kann. Die Behandlung dieser Infektionen stellt noch immer eine große Herausforderung dar, da dieses Bakterium resistent gegenüber verschiedenste Antibiotikaklassen ist. Um die Ursachen dieser Multiresistenz und neue potenzielle Wirkstoffziele zu finden, ist ein besseres Verständnis der Physiologie und Virulenz des Keims unerlässlich.

  • LCI Summerschool on the topic "Perspectives in Structure and Systems Biology in Infection"

    Press release from the Leibniz Center Infection 

    This year's Summerschool of the Leibniz Center Infection on the topic "Perspectives in Structure and Systems Biology in Infection" will take place from June 26-28 in Fintel and offers a great opportunity for exchange and networking for the PhD students of the structured graduate program of the three institutes Leibniz Institute of Virology, Research Center Borstel and Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine.

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Prof. Dr. Ulrich E. Schaible
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