• Alexander Titz receives ERC Starting Grant

    The European Research Council (ERC) awarded Dr Alexander Titz (on the right) an ERC Starting Grand worth approximately €1.5 million for his research on persistent biofilm-forming pathogens.

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  • Common cold viruses originated in camels—just like MERS

    DZIF scientists at the University Hospital of Bonn have now found the source of “HCoV-229E”, one of the four common cold coronaviruses­—it also originates from camels, just like the dreaded MERS virus.

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  • How are dreaded multidrug-resistant pathogens brought into hospitals?

    DZIF scientists from the University of Cologne investigated this question and discovered that almost ten percent of patients admitted into hospitals already bring these dreaded pathogens along with them from home.

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  • Filarial worm infections double the risk of HIV infection

    Why have HIV and the immunodeficiency syndrome spread so much more in Africa than in other countries around the world? DZIF scientists have now, for the first time, confirmed one reason for this.

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  • The human nose produces a previously unknown antibiotic

    DZIF scientists at th University of Tübingen have discovered that Staphylococcus lugdunensis which colonizes in the human nose produces a previously unknown antibiotic against multiresistant bacteria.

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  • 18 October 2016 - PRESS RELEASE

    How stomach germ Helicobacter pylori can cause damage

    The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is an important gut pathogen and the main cause of gastric ulcers and gastric cancer. As yet it was not clear, which mechanisms play a role in these secondary complications. Scientists of the LMU and TU in Munich as well as the Essen University Hospital have discovered the important molecules and processes and thereby a completely new approach to preventing or treating infections with this bacterium. DZIF scientists have been involved in these studies, publicated in the current edition of Nature Microbiology. more ]