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Tuberculosis patients
© Christoph Lange

Tuberculosis: Different types of immunity determine the course of the disease

An international research team has succeeded in characterising different immune responses of tuberculosis patients and identifying groups of patients who either showed a very low or a very strong

Louisa Ruhl und Christine Falk
© MHH/K.Kaiser

How a SARS-CoV-2 infection can become severe COVID-19

Infection with SARS-CoV-2 leaves some people almost unaffected, while others develop life-threatening COVID-19 symptoms. So far, we do not understand exactly why symptoms and disease severity

Blood culture bottles in incubator

Novel prediction model for mortality in blood stream infections developed

Bloodstream infections (BSI) are serious bacterial infections associated with high mortality. A research team developed the clinical BLOOMY* scores in order to identify risk factors and thus be able

Hepatitis C with antibody
© Timm Weber

Characterisation of broadly neutralising antibodies against the hepatitis C virus

Despite improved methods of treatment, an infection with the hepatitis C virus still leads to approximately 400,000 deaths worldwide each year. The development of a vaccine is urgently required, but

Epstein Barr virus in cells
© CDC/Dr. P. Feorino

Epstein-Barr virus: DZIF and Helmholtz Munich working on a vaccine

The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) has been known for some time to play a part in a range of diseases. A current US study has now shown a close link between EBV and multiple sclerosis. DZIF scientists at

Ulrike Protzer
© TUM/Astrid Eckert; Hintergrund: cdc

Ulrike Protzer is awarded the DZIF Prize for Translational Infection Research

This year, the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) is honouring the medical scientist and clinical virologist Prof. Ulrike Protzer for her scientific achievements. The prize is endowed with

Lab-Training in Benin
© Michael Nagel

The Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 is rapidly taking over in West Africa

While the highly infectious SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant has already become predominant in Germany and in most European nations, little was known about its spread in Africa. German Center for Infection

Klebsiella pneumoniae

Quest for bacterial cocktails to fight infections

The intestine of a healthy person contains hundreds of different bacteria that provide efficient protection against infections. However, if the equilibrium of this community, known as the microbiota

Escherichia coli

Alarming: Resistances against a new active-substance combination detectable prior to use in Germany

Enterobacteria such as Escherichia coli or Klebsiella pneumoniae are dreaded hospital germs that can cause serious intestinal and urinary tract infections. The risk of infection with these pathogens

Julia Pagel Preisverleihung
© C. Kloodt / Exzellenzcluster PMI, Uni Kiel

Julia Pagel honoured with the Dorothea Erxleben Female Investigator Award

Paediatrician and DZIF scientist Dr Julia Pagel, Universität zu Lübeck, will receive EUR 50,000 to expand her research on lung diseases in infants. The prize is awarded by the North German Cluster of