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The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) is Germany's largest institution for research, care and teaching in the field of tropical diseases and emerging infections. We are scientifically focused on neglected tropical diseases, zoonoses and other infectious diseases with global health impacts. Staff members of the institute do research on pathogens as well as on relevant diseases that are generally not spreading in Germany.
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.
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.
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.
BNITM-Work group Tobias Spielmann receives ERC Advanced Grant
Hamburg, Germany, April 22, 2021 – Dr. Tobias Spielmann, head of the research group "Malaria" in the section Molecular Biology and Immunology at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant of almost 2.4 million euros by the European Research Council (ERC). With this highly endowed funding, the research group will investigate specific forms of drug resistance in malaria parasites over the next five years.
UKE and BNITM receive research funding of 4.5 million euros
Hamburg - It has been increasingly proven that diseases occur with different frequency and run differently in women and men. Now, scientists at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) and the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) are researching immunological gender differences so that in future these can be taken into account in the run-up to the treatment of patients. The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding the project of the research group "Gender-specific Differences in Immune Responses" with 4.5 million euros.
Presenter Yared Dibaba supports "World Day of Neglected Tropical Diseases" on 30 January
Hamburg. Worldwide, almost two billion people are at risk of becoming incapacitated, blind, disfigured, disabled or dying earlier due to neglected tropical diseases. The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated this danger: many research, treatment and prevention programmes have had to be halted in countries of the global South. The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine is therefore participating in an international campaign with the aim of not letting up in the fight against neglected tropical diseases - with prominent support.
Vier Millionen Euro für neue Nachwuchsgruppen am BNITM
Hamburg. Zwei Forschende des Bernhard-Nocht-Instituts für Tropenmedizin (BNITM), die Nachwuchswissenschaftlerin Dr. Maria Rosenthal und der Nachwuchswissenschaftler Dr. Renke Lühken, haben jeweils rund zwei Millionen Euro für ihre innovativen Forschungsansätze im Bereich der Prävention und Therapie neu auftretender Infektionskrankheiten eingeworben. Rosenthal aus der Abteilung Virologie sowie Lühken aus der Abteilung Arbovirologie werden ab sofort ihre eigenen Arbeitsgruppen aufbauen, um in den nächsten fünf Jahren die bewilligten Projekte zu realisieren. Gefördert werden beide durch das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF).
Kopenhagen / Hamburg / Kara Tepe – The mobile laboratory of the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) is now ready for use in the newly built refugee camp in Kara Tepe on the island of Lesbos, Greece. The mobile laboratory was sent at the request of the Greek authorities as part of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) with financial support from the WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Bernhard-Nocht-Institut für Tropenmedizin begeht virtuelles Jubiläum
Hamburg. Ein Jubiläum inmitten einer Pandemie: Auch für das Bernhard-Nocht-Institut für Tropenmedizin (BNITM) sind es bewegte Zeiten. Wegen der Ausbreitung des SARS-CoV-2-Virus unterliegt auch das BNITM vielen Einschränkungen, und geplante Feierlichkeiten mussten abgesagt werden. Dennoch blicken die Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter gemeinsam zurück – vor allem aber nach vorn.