News & Press Releases

  • 31 July 2018 - PRESS RELEASE

    Mosquitoes also spread tropical chikungunya viruses at low temperatures

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    New experiments conducted at the insectarium (high biosafety level 3) of the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) and at the DZIF show that chikungunya viruses are able to replicate in Asian tiger mosquitoes at relatively mild temperatures of 18 degrees centigrade. Consequently, a potential chikungunya virus spread in non-tropical regions such as Germany is conceivable, should the tiger mosquito become endemic. more ]

  • 26 July 2018 - PRESSEMITTEILUNG

    The time to cure hepatitis B is now

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    On the eve of World Hepatitis Day, the International Coalition to Eliminate HBV (ICE-HBV) has called in the Comment of Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology to support appropriate hepatitis B (HBV) cure research and preparedness and to integrate it in global plans to eliminate viral hepatitis. The Coalition is a global group of researchers, patient representatives and health organisations including the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF).more ]

  • 28 June 2018 - PRESS RELEASE

    Scientists warn: 2018 will be the ‘year of the tick’

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    This summer there will be a particularly large amount of ticks and thus a higher risk of getting meningitis or Lyme disease (borreliosis), because these diseases are transmitted by ticks. Scientists from DZIF (German Centre for Infection Research) in Munich predict a particularly strong ‘tick year’. They have developed a model that allows them to already in winter predict the density of ticks for the coming summer.  more ]

  • 05 June 2018 - PRESS RELEASE

    Tuberculosis: clinical trials on a newly developed drug initiated

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    The first antibiotic against tuberculosis that has been developed in Germany is now ready for clinical testing. BTZ043, as the newly developed drug substance is called, is also effective against multidrug-resistant pathogens which are increasingly challenging successful treatment worldwide. DZIF scientists from the LMU Munich and the Hans Knöll Institute in Jena are leading this project.  more ]

  • 29 May 2018 - PRESS RELEASE

    A global effort to fight resistant pathogens

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    The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is joining forces with international partners in a new initiative to promote research into antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The aim is to fight pathogens that have become resistant to existing antibiotics. The starting signal for the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Development Hub, or Global AMR R&D Hub for short, has been given on 22 May 2018 in Geneva. Initially, the secretariat of the Global AMR R&D Hub will be based in Berlin, at the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF).more ]

  • 23 May 2018 - PRESS RELEASE

    Christoph Lange becomes Medical Director

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    The advisory board has appointed Professor Christoph Lange, Chief Physician of the Medical Clinic of the Research Center Borstel Hospital as the new Medical Director. Christoph Lange is Co-coordinator of the DZIF research field “Tuberculosis”.more ]

  • 22 May 2018 - PRESS RELEASE

    Rolf Müller receives the Inhoffen Medal 2018

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    Prof Rolf Müller was honoured with the Inhoffen Prize for his outstanding research in the field of microbial natural product discovery, particularly from Myxobacteria. Müller heads the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), a Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) site operated in collaboration with the Saarland University. At the DZIF, he coordinates the research field “Novel Antibiotics”. more ]

  • 14 May 2018 - PRESS RELEASE

    Antibiotic resistance – quick and reliable detection

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    Early detection of antibiotic resistant pathogens can be life-saving. DZIF-scientists at the Institute for Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene, University of Cologne, have developed an antibody-based diagnostic test, which can identify carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria in only 10 minutes – in a process similar to a pregnancy test. more ]

  • 27 April 2018 - PRESS RELEASE

    Researchers get to grips with a herpesvirus

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    Human herpesvirus 6 infects most people all over the world. It is usually well controlled by the body, but it can cause diseases in immunocompromised individuals. As reported in ‘PLOS Pathogens’, DZIF scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München have now identified virus structures that can be attacked by killer T cells – a possible approach for new therapies.
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  • 18 April 2018 - PRESS RELEASE

    Globally unique: correct diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis in only three days

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    A new and rapid method for diagnosing pulmonary tuberculosis has been successfully developed at the Research Center Borstel. This innovative method constitutes an important building block for optimal diagnostics and could lead to improved tuberculosis treatment in future. more ]

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