News & Press Releases

  • 27 February 2019 - PRESS RELEASE

    The DZIF Accelerates the Fight against Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria


    Fighting the global spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and developing new antibiotics is an important goal at the German Center for infection Research (DZIF). In order to further accelerate research in this field, it successfully applied for membership in the “CARB-X Accelerator Network”. CARB-X globally supports biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, which develop drugs against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. more ]

  • 21 February 2019 - PRESS RELEASE

    Atopic dermatitis: elevated salt concentrations in affected skin


    Salt could be a key factor in allergic immune reactions. A team working with DZIF professor Christina Zielinski at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has demonstrated in cell cultures that salt leads to the formation of Th2 cells. These immune cells are active in allergic conditions such as atopic dermatitis. The team also detected elevated salt concentrations in the skin of patients.more ]

  • 21 February 2019 - PRESS RELEASE

    Jürgen May is awarded the 2019 Memento Research Award


    This year, the Memento Research Award for neglected diseases goes to Professor Jürgen May from the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) in Hamburg. The jury honours his longstanding commitment to researching severe diseases in children in Africa. At the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), May coordinates the African Partner Institutions and is active in the research field “Neglected Tropical Diseases”. more ]

  • 08 February 2019 - PRESS RELEASE

    Tuberculosis: Inhibiting Host Cell Death with Immunotherapy


    DZIF scientists from the University Hospital Cologne are working on an immunotherapy that supports antibiotic treatment of tuberculosis. In their current study, they were able to identify a new target protein in human immune cells, which can inhibit the bacteria’s destructive effects. more ]

  • 17 January 2019 - PRESS RELEASE

    Zika and Chikungunya Viruses: Diagnostic Pitfalls


    Millions of people have contracted Zika and chikungunya virus infections since the outbreaks that have been striking Latin America since 2013. Particularly Zika-related malformations in newborns warrant reliable diagnostics. DZIF scientists from the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin demonstrate the problems with the currently available diagnostics, particularly for Zika virus detection, and develop combined testing methods that have higher reliability. more ]

  • 08 January 2019 - PRESS RELEASE

    How herpesviruses shape the immune system


    Cytomegalovirus is widespread and remains in the body for a lifetime after infection. In healthy individuals, this virus is usually kept in check but can become dangerous when the immune system is weakened or during pregnancy. DZIF scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München have developed an analytic method that can very precisely detect viral infections using immune responses. This method could help identify gaps in protection early on, and make transplants safer in future.more ]

  • 18 December 2018 - PRESS RELEASE

    How bacteria turn off an antibiotic


    DZIF researchers from the HZI and the HIPS discovered that resistant bacteria scavenge and inactivate the agent albicidin using a protein, which they produce in large amounts.The results of this study have been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.more ]

  • 12 December 2018 - PRESS RELEASE

    Research Focus on Antimicrobial Resistance


    The rapid spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is calling infection researchers to action. Which mechanisms protect bacteria and which methods can make them vulnerable once again? In an article published 2011 in "Science", researchers postulated that sulphide protects bacteria against different antibiotics. However, using a new technique, DZIF scientist Fabian Grein has now shown that such a “universal” resistance mechanism does not exist. more ]

  • 04 December 2018 - PRESS RELEASE

    The DZIF awards two prizes for excellent translational infection research this year


    Volker Lohmann and Marylyn Addo will be in the limelight at the DZIF Annual Meeting this year. They are each being awarded a Prize for Translational Infection Research in honour of their scientific accomplishments. The prizes are worth 5,000 euros each.more ]

  • 22 November 2018 - PRESS RELEASE

    Researchers uncover camouflage strategy of multi-resistant bacteria


    Researchers at the University of Tübingen and the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) have achieved a breakthrough in the decoding of multi-resistant pathogens. They were able to decode the structure and function of a previously unknown protein used by dreaded pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus like a magic cloak to protect themselves against the human immune system.more ]

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