News & Press Releases

  • 15 December 2017 - PRESS RELEASE

    New epidemic management system combats monkeypox outbreak in Nigeria


    German scientists from the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) and the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) in Braunschweig and Nigerian researchers are applying the new mobile information system for the first time to combat a monkeypox outbreak in Nigeria. more ]

  • 08 December 2017 - NEWS

    Professor Peter Kremsner has been nominated as Honorary International Fellow


    The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) has made Professor Peter Kremsner, Director of the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Tübingen, an Honorary International Fellow. With this, it recognises Prof Kremsner and his research team’s achievements in malaria research. At the DZIF, Peter Kremsner is Coordinator of the research field “Malaria”.more ]

  • 07 December 2017 - PRESS RELEASE

    Detection of bacterial biofilms using covalent lectin binders


    DZIF researchers from the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS) produced a molecule that provides a way to visualise Pseudomonas infection. The scientists published their results in the international edition of Angewandte Chemie.more ]

  • 30 November 2017 - PRESS RELEASE

    New tick species discovered in Germany: does it transmit viruses?


    DZIF scientists in Munich investigate the spread of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) in Germany and encounter a new potential transmitter of this dreaded disease: a tick species called Ixodes inopinatus. more ]

  • 28 November 2017 - PRESS RELEASE

    New treatment approach for tuberculosis discovered


    In the light of growing antibiotic resistance, developing alternative tuberculosis treatment approaches is of critical importance. Scientists at the Research Center Borstel and the DZIF have now shown that the spread of the tuberculosis pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis can be curbed by specific reinforcement of the human immune system. The results have been published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe.more ]

  • 22 November 2017 - JOINT PRESS RELEASE

    Usutu virus decreases the population of common blackbirds in the outbreak region


    The Usutu virus endangers birds and has been circulating in Germany since 2010. However, estimating its impact on bird populations in the outbreak region has hardly been possible up to now. For the first time, researchers have published a study that enables concrete conclusions about the Usutu virus’ impact on German breeding birds. The data for this was obtained from dead birds as well as from the citizen science garden bird watch project “Stunde der Gartenvögel”.more ]

  • 16 November 2017 - PRESS RELEASE

    “The Brazilian Zika outbreak could end soon”


    Scientists have elucidated the Zika burden in a Brazilian metropolis. Their data indicate: the outbreak may be coming to an end and further outbreaks in the region seem unlikely. The study has also provided new evidence supporting the link between Zika infection during pregnancy and malformations in newborns. A third finding is important with regard to intervention measures: Zika virus infection predominantly affects poor regions.more ]

  • 09 November 2017 - PRESS RELEASE

    How the Ebola virus protects its hereditary information


    A research team from Marburg, Heidelberg and Kyoto elucidates the structure and assembly of the Ebola virus’ genome envelope. This envelope protects the epidemic pathogen’s genome from being broken down by human enzymes. The results of this structure analysis have been published in the current online issue of Nature. more ]

  • 24 October 2017 - PRESS RELEASE

    Helicobacter pylori: Dodging the bullet


    Helicobacter pylori is a widespread bacterial pathogen that infects the lining of the stomach, where it can cause ulcers and even cancer. As a new study shows, its genetic variability complicates efforts to develop an effective vaccine.more ]

  • 23 October 2017 - PRESS RELEASE

    Antibiotic resistance: a strain of multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli is on the rise


    Antibiotic resistant bacteria lead to infections that are difficult to treat, particularly in hospitals. Multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli bacteria which have developed special enzymes that render antibiotics ineffective frequently cause such infections. DZIF scientists from Gießen University examined these bacteria more precisely and discovered a strain of Escherichia coli that has been spreading rapidly in Germany since 2010 and is insensitive to several antibiotics at once. more ]

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