The new Leibniz alliance “Infections 21” combines the expertise of 14 institutes of the Leibniz Association in an initiative to control, combat and prevent infectious diseases. The ZMT is active in the alliance with its junior research group “Marine Microbiology” led by Dr. Astrid Gärdes.
Open waters play an important role in the spread of pathogens. In a subproject of the alliance, the microbiologist Astrid Gärdes is investigating the transmission paths of pathogens in water and the impact of aquaculture facilities on the bacterial load of coastal waters in Indonesia. Other cooperation partners will study water sources in urban and rural areas in Germany.
Infectious diseases are among the leading causes of death worldwide. They can spread and be transmitted to humans in the most diverse ways. A holistic approach is required to understand these mechanisms and to derive strategies for improved infection control. The range of disciplines participating in the alliance includes biomedicine, ecology, socio-economics and political science.
Starting in January 2015, the alliance will be funded by the Leibniz Association with a total volume of 800,000 euros over the next four years, which will be allocated for PhD projects. The alliance is coordinated by the Research Center Borstel.
More information at: www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de/en/research/leibniz-research-alliances/infections21/