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Change of leadership at Germany's largest institute for tropical medicine

Research for Global Health in Hamburg

Today, the infectious disease epidemiologist Jürgen May took over the leadership of the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), the largest research institute for global infections in Germany. The coronavirus pandemic shows how important it is to research pathogens and that experience in the fight against infectious diseases is more important than ever. The Bernhard Nocht Institute in Hamburg is one of the oldest institutions for tropical medicine worldwide.

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| 15.09.2021

Lessons from renewed Ebola outbreak in Guinea

Ebola can apparently reappear years later

Conakry/ Hamburg, September 15th, 2021 – Contrary to previous assumptions, Ebola virus epidemics do not necessarily originate from animal transmissions. The most recent outbreak in Guinea can be traced back to the epidemic in West Africa from 2014 to 2016. This is what an international team involving researchers from Guinea, France, Senegal, Great Britain, Switzerland, Belgium, the USA, and Germany has discovered. A corresponding publication has appeared in the renowned scientific journal Nature. The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) is involved with prominent authorship.

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Pressemitteilung

| 20.08.2021

World Mosquito Day 2021: Global warming promotes spread of mosquito-borne viruses

BNITM: Monitoring mosquito populations an important part of epidemic early warning systems

Rising global temperatures are enabling heat-loving mosquito species such as the Asian tiger mosquito to colonise new habitats. At the same time, infections with tropical viruses transmitted by mosquitoes are also increasingly found in Europe and Germany. In recent years, for example, there have been several outbreaks of chikungunya and dengue fever in southern Europe and repeated infections with Usutu and West Nile viruses in Germany.

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Pressemitteilung

| 27.07.2021

Commitment to diversity

BNITM raises rainbow flags and signs Diversity Charter

As of today, rainbow flags are also flying at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) as a sign of respect and acceptance of gender and sexual diversity.  In addition, the Board of Directors has signed the Diversity Charter, an initiative to promote diversity in companies, educational institutions, administrations and civil society organisations.

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| 18.06.2021

Treatment of acute uncomplicated malaria

Large clinical trial in five African countries yields important safety data for pyronaridine artesunate

Scientists around the world are searching for drugs to better treat malaria patiens. Great hopes are pinned on the combination drug Pyramax. In clinical trials, it proved to be highly effective and safe. However, some patients experienced temporarily elevated liver enzymes during clinical development. An international cross-institutional group of researchers therefore undertook a large-scale study in Africa on the safety, tolerability and efficacy of pyronaridine artesunate for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria under real-life conditions. The results are promising and have just been published in the journal PLOS Medicine.

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| 17.06.2021

Dr. Benno Kreuels bekommt Preis für Tropenmedizin 2021 der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Tropenmedizin, Reisemedizin und Globale Gesundheit e.V. (DTG)

Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Tropenmedizin, Reisemedizin und Globale Gesundheit e.V. (DTG) verleiht alle zwei Jahre den “Preis für Tropenmedizin“. Der Preis dient der Förderung jüngerer Wissenschaftler:innen und wird für besondere wissenschaftliche Leistungen auf dem Gebiet der Tropenmedizin oder der internationalen Gesundheitswissenschaften verliehen. Er ist mit 5.000 Euro dotiert und wird derzeit von der Else-Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung finanziert.

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| 07.06.2021

First digital LCI Summer School with the topic "Molecular biology of pathogens"

At the first digital Summer School of the Leibniz Center Infection on the topic "Molecular biology of pathogens", PhD students from the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), the Research Center Borstel - Leibniz Lung Center (FZB) and the Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology (HPI) came together for a two-day digital meeting to exchange ideas on current topics in infection biology.

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| 26.05.2021

Severe malaria in adults

Cross-institutional research group adds important molecular biology puzzle piece to explanation

Malaria is known to be a severe and fatal disease in Africa especially in children under five. Due to the much smaller number of cases, the causes of severe disease in adults have so far been insufficiently researched. A cross-institutional research group led by Dr. Anna Bachmann in the Department of Cellular Parasitology at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) has now been able to analyse the malaria cases of 32 adults who suffered from varying degrees of malaria. The researchers found important differences between children and adults in the binding of malaria-infected red blood cells to the blood vessel walls. The results were recently published in the scientific journal eLife.

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| 21.05.2021

Sophie Duraffour wins Science Award of the GSK Foundation

Dr. Sophie Duraffour from the Department of Virology at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) receives the "Clinical Research" award of the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. The prize is endowed with 10,000 euros. It is awarded in recognition of outstanding scientific work.

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Research Highlight

| 10.05.2021

A matter of communication: Breloer research group clarifies immune reaction to worm parasites

Worm infections are among the most common tropical diseases worldwide. Parasitic worms are such successful infectious agents partly because they are able to weaken the immune response of their host. But the host also knows what to do: It reacts with a complex interplay of different messenger substances of the immune system.

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