About the HZI

How do bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi make us sick? How does our immune system defend our body? These are the questions we at the HZI want to answer. Our goal: To set up the basis for new diagnostic tools, new active agents and new therapies against infectious diseases.

History of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

May 2012: Opening of the Study Centre in Hannover. In the future, studies about public health will be conducted here and the connections between infections and chronic diseases will be investigated.

April 2011: HZI becomes a partner of the nationwide „German Centre for Infection Research“ and will also host the principal office.

January 2011: The HZI coordinates the newly founded Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB), which is built on the campus of DESY in Hamburg.

August 2009: Founding of the HZI branch on the campus of the University Saarbrücken: Scientists at the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS) develop new drugs and therapies against infectious diseases.

June 2009: After a construction period of little more than three years, the new animal facility is opened. In total, 30 000 mice are now hosted at HZI and taken care of by more than 50 employees.

August 2008: Together with Hannover Medical School, HZI opens the Centre for Experimental and Clinical Infection Research TWINCORE in close proximity to the MHH campus in Hannover.

July 2006: The GBF is renamed Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research. At the same time, the center's new entrance gate was completed. With it, the campus has a new driveway and a new address.