Current developments in infection research challenge the scientific community: Many problems can only be solved if expertise from different disciplines comes together. To meet this challenge, the DZIF recently established interdisciplinary groups in which scientists from several research areas jointly discuss "bridging topics".
Each interdisciplinary group should include four to seven experts from the DZIF. A member of the Executive Board chairs the group, external experts can be invited if required. In regular workshops, the research needs for the bridging topic are defined and coordinated.
The following bridging topics have been established in the DZIF:
In the past, vaccines have repeatedly made crucial contributions to the prevention and control of infectious diseases. In order to be able to protect the health of people around the world, work on new vaccines, but also their continuous development and adaptation, is of great importance.