The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine
Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), founded in 1900, is Germany's largest institution for research, treatment and teaching in the field of tropical and emerging infectious diseases and a research centre of the Leibniz Association for Global Infections.
The Institute combines modern laboratory research on the systems, cell and structural biology of pathogens with entomological research on vector animals, immunological and epidemiological research, clinical studies on pathophysiology and drug development, disease control in resource-poor endemic areas, development of new diagnostics and modern education and training.
Current research focuses on malaria, worm infections and other parasitoses as well as diseases caused by arboviruses and haemorrhagic fever viruses. For handling highly pathogenic viruses and infected insects, the institute has laboratories of the highest biological safety level (BSL-4) and a safety insectarium (BSL-3).
For 25 years, BNITM has maintained a research infrastructure on the campus of the University of Kumasi (Ghana). At the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR), research projects are carried out in collaboration with Ghanaian scientists. In addition, there are numerous collaborations with researchers and scientific institutions in other African countries, in particular Gabon, Nigeria, Tanzania and Madagascar.
The Institute's services include special laboratory diagnostics as well as capacity building and advisory services for science, business, politics and the public. Teaching activities include a tropical medicine course for physicians, student teaching, a PhD training programme and international continuing education programmes. The Institute is a National Reference Centre for Tropical Infectious Agents and WHO Collaborating Centre for Haemorrhagic Viruses and Arboviruses.
The BNITM is a foundation under public law. As a member of the Leibniz Association, it is jointly financed by the Federal Government, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the other federal states as a research institute of supraregional importance.