The aim is to gain a more detailed understanding of factors influencing tropical infections. In one aspect, this includes the conditions of pathogen transmission, in particular by mosquitoes. However, a second focus is on human risk factors, in particular genetics and epigenetics as well as social determinants including nutrition and behaviour. In addition, the BNITM is investigating the reaction of the immune system to the invading pathogen. The aim of this interdisciplinary approach is to collect and holistically analyse all important environmental data on infection risks in tropical countries under realistic conditions.
In order to meet the current challenges of tropical medicine, the BNITM offers a broad, state-of-the-art spectrum of methods.