Leibniz Research Alliance 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.
Focus on the long-term consequences of infections: International Symposium of the Leibniz Centre Infection
At the beginning of February, the symposium "Long-term Consequences of Infections" of the Leibniz Center Infection (LCI) research network in northern Germany took place in Hamburg with over 120 participants. The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, the Borstel Research Center, the Leibniz Lung Center and the Leibniz Institute of Virology - all partner institutes of LFV INFECTIONS - founded this alliance in 2005 in order to strengthen infection research in the Hamburg metropolitan region in the long term.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is not a question of “If” but rather a question of “When”. When microorganisms evolve to resist the selection pressure of antimicrobial therapy, they become a significant risk to public health. Once effective antibiotics, antifungals, antiparasitics and antivirals lose their effectiveness. The World AMR Awareness Week serves as a crucial platform to spotlight this increasing and pressing global health problem and promote worldwide collaborations for sustainable solutions.
“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.