14 September 2017 - PRESS RELEASE

Fighting antibiotic resistance globally: experts meet in Hamburg

Infectious diseases are amongst the most frequent causes of death worldwide. Increasing antibiotic resistance currently constitutes a major challenge: drugs which have been effective against infections for years are becoming ineffective. Doctors and scientists from the German Society of Infectious Diseases (DGI) and the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) will focus on this issue at the joint DGI and DZIF Annual Meeting taking place in Hamburg from 28 to 30 September.


The DGI and DZIF have planned a programme that links science and clinical practice to give a current overview of infectology in Germany. Besides antibiotic resistance, which constitutes a problematic issue in most infectious diseases, emerging epidemics like Ebola, MERS and Zika as well as the development of vaccines and new therapeutic strategies will be discussed.

Alongside the expert presentations, a podium discussion on the topic of “Bacterial Resistance in Germany” will be held on 29 September.

“An important focus at the DZIF is to develop novel active agents that have a lower potential of triggering resistance,” emphasizes Prof Martin Krönke, Chairman of the DZIF. “The Annual Meeting’s programme highlights that the problem of resistance affects almost all DZIF research fields. Be it hepatitis, AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria or the dreaded hospital pathogens in our geographical region—multidrug-resistant pathogens are increasing worldwide.”

A prerequisite for developing new drugs rapidly is close collaboration between researchers and clinicians. “The joint DGI and DZIF Annual Meeting will enable us to pool our knowledge even better in future and to effectively expedite the fight against infections,” says Prof Gerd Fätkenheuer, Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases,

Department I of Internal Medicine of the University Hospital Cologne. Both the DGI and the DZIF have made major efforts to advance the field of infectology.

We would like to warmly invite all interested journalists to the meeting. The conference brings together outstanding experts in the field of infection research from all over Germany. The expert presentations will be held in English, the podium discussion will take place in German.

Please click here for a detailed programme. If you would like to attend the conference, please register at presse@dzif.de. We will be happy connect you with interview partners for your questions. Please inform us in advance about your interview requests via e-mail.

Joint German Society of Infectious Diseases (DGI) and German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) Annual Meeting

Date: 28 to 30 September 2017

Venue: Hotel Empire Riverside Hamburg, Germany

Podium discussion on 29 September 2017 from 3.45 to 4.45 pm

“Bacterial Resistance in Germany”

Moderator: Prof Ansgar Lohse, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and Prof Lothar Wieler, Robert Koch Institute Berlin


  • Prof Ulrich Fölsch, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel
  • Prof Jörg Hacker, Leopoldina, Halle
  • Prof P. Hammann, Sanofi-Fraunhofer Center of Natural Product Research, Frankfurt
  • Prof Rolf Müller, Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland, Saarbrücken and DZIF research field “Novel Antibiotics”
  • Prof Uwe Rösler (Professor of Animal Hygiene and Infectology), Freie Universität Berlin
  • Dr Katja de With, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden


At the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) over 500 staff from 35 institutions throughout Germany jointly develop new approaches for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. The aim is to translate research results into clinical practice quickly and effectively. With this, the DZIF paves the way for developing new vaccines, diagnostics and drugs against infections. The DZIF is funded by the BMBF and the federal states. You can find more information at www.dzif.de

The German Society of Infectious Diseases (DGI) is a scientific expert society in the field of infectious disease medicine for hospitals, practices and research. Beyond its primarily clinical-orientation, it also focusses on the interdisciplinary nature of the field, and the relevance of infectious disease medicine to public health, both nationally and internationally. You can find more information at www.dgi-net.de

For questions please contact:

Karola Neubert and Janna Schmidt
German Center for Infection Research
Press Office
T: +49 531 6181-1154/-1170

Juliane Pfeiffer
German Society for Infectious Diseases e.V.
Press Office
T: +49 711 89 31 457

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