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INFECTIONS in an Urbanizing World - Humans, Animals, Environments

Improved hygiene and better prevention and treatment have diminished the incidenceof 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.


  • German and Austrian deer thus far spared SARS-CoV-2 infections, unlike in North America

    Press Release of the Leibniz-Institut für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung (IZW) im Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V., 31.03.2022 13:40

    In North America, SARS-CoV-2 has spread from humans to white-tailed deer. The deer are now considered SARS-CoV-2 reservoirs and may even spill virus back to humans. A science team headed by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) and the Charité have now shown that in Germany and Austria this has not happened as all deer tested were negative for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. The research is reported in the journal “Microorganisms” in a special issue on Viruses of Wild Mammals.

  • Introduction of the current PhD students of the LRA INFECTIONS

    PhD introduction of the week: Pau De Yebra Rodó, Microbiologist and Bioinformatician in IPT6.

    As water plays a key role as a vector and reservoir for AMR transmission in urban and rural areas, the primary objective of IPT5 "Water as habitat and vector for AMR microbes"  is to determine the abundance and diversity of AMR and the bacteria carrying them in bodies of water and their sediments along an urban-rural gradient by means of metagenome analyses. In cooperation with the other IPTs, a broad overview of AMR profiles in different waters and potential disease vectors in the Berlin-Brandenburg region will be elaborated.

  • Introduction of the current PhD students of the LRA INFECTIONS

    This week we introduce the PhD student of IPT5: Megarsa Bedasa Jaleta, Veterinarian and Veterinary Epidemiologist .

    Within the framework of his project "AMR spread in animal husbandry- mechanisms and possible interventions", Megarsa is comparing the occurrence of AMR in pigs under different hygienic conditions and when different feed additives are administered. Based on these results, potential strategies to control the spread of AMR in livestock breeding will be defined in close collaboration with the other IPTs, thus reducing the potential contamination of the environment.


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Prof. Dr. Ulrich E. Schaible
Research Center Borstel, Leibniz Lung Center (FZB)
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Dr. Anna Störmer
Research Center Borstel, Leibniz Lung Center (FZB)
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