The photo shows the course room with course participants from behind. The green board can be seen in front, a lecturer is standing in front of it.©BNITM | Julia Rauner

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How do I diagnose the common travel skin disease leishmaniasis? What do parasites, protozoa and worms look like under the microscope? And how does health science work in the tropics? This and much more is taught by our lecturers in the Diploma Course in Tropical Medicine. It prepares physicians for working in the tropics and is accredited by the Hamburg Medical Association. Participants also acquire knowledge of travel medicine.

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The photo shows a blood-soaked yellow fever mosquito sitting on a piece of skin.©BNITM | Rolf Garms

On the trail of exotic mosquitoes

Joint project at Hamburg's harbour: Favoured by globalisation and global warming, exotic mosquito species are also spreading in the north. In cooperation with the BNITM, the Institute for Hygiene and Environment (HU) is currently conducting a project to monitor exotic mosquito...

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The multi-coloured graphic on the left shows the proton pump, consisting of labelled proteins; the electron microscope images on the right next to it show, on the one hand, the wild type of the malaria parasite with an intact digestive vacuole, on the other hand, swollen because overinflated by undegraded red blood pigment.©Matz
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Attacking the malaria pathogen by the digestive tract

The food vacuole of the most dangerous malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum is acidic, not unlike the human stomach. This is also a prerequisite for the absorption of the malaria drug chloroquine - or so it was thought until now. Researchers at BNITM have now discovered that chloroquine also accumulates at a higher pH value. Moreover, the proton pump is responsible for more than just acidifying the food vacuole.

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The double graphic shows a greenish map of Germany with the 16 federal states on the left. In the area of Saxony-Anhalt, numerous brownish ticks can be seen. On the right, a schematic representation of the research project's processes.

How dangerous are ticks in Germany really?

Due to global warming and globalisation, both ticks and tick-borne pathogens are spreading in Germany. The cross-institutional research…

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The photo shows Prof. Marylyn Addo on the left with the certificate in her hand and the Order of Merit on her chest, and Science Senator Katharina Fegebank on the right. Both are smiling. They are standing in front of a festive historical wall in the City Hall.

Prof. Dr Marylyn Addo receives Bundesverdienstkreuz

The physician and scientist Prof. Dr Marylyn Addo has been awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by the Federal…

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01.12.2023 | 13:30 - 15:00 Uhr

Forschen, Heilen, Lehren 2023

Einmal im Quartal stellt das Bernhard-Nocht-Institut für Tropenmedizin seine Arbeit der Öffentlichkeit vor. Gäste erhalten einen Überblick…

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