The hunt for deadly pathogens

3 March, 2011: International experts meet for ”Day on Deadly Killers“ at HZI

HZI 0610 fahnen hzi hg 001 kleinThe causes of dreaded diseases such as Cholera, Anthrax, Rabies and AIDS are the main focus of a symposium at the German Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung, HZI). International scientists from all over the world will meet on the 3rd of March, 2011 to talk about the current state of infection research at the “Day on Deadly Killers”. Experts from Europe, the US and Asia will present their research results and discuss how new therapeutical approaches against infectious diseases may look like.  


Amongst the invited guests are the renowned US scientist Dr. Henry F. Chambers, MD from General Hospital in San Francisco and the Dutch researcher Professor Albert D.M.E. Osterhaus from the University of Rotterdam. Henry Chambers is a specialist for antibiotic-resistant hospital pathogens, whereas Albert Osterhaus is known worldwide for his research on Influenza viruses.   The “Day on Deadly Killers” starts at 2:00 p.m. in the Forum building on the HZI campus and ends at around 7:30 p.m.  


“We are very happy to welcome well-known and established experts of infectious diseases at the HZI to this event,” says Dr. Sabine Kirchhoff, coordinator of the HZI Graduate Schools that host the symposium. For the PhD students, the contact and exchange of ideas with international researchers is very important. “We are keen to ensure that young scientists look beyond the horizon of their own research and build up international networks already at the very beginning of their career.”   Infectious diseases cause a quarter of all fatalities worldwide and are a serious global health concern. Additionally, growing resistances against antibiotics, the lack of therapies and a declining willingness to vaccinations make it difficult to fight pathogens.  


The symposium is open for everybody who is interested in listening to and discussing about different aspects of infection research with a scientific audience. All talks will be held in English. We kindly ask for a registration. There, you also find the programme for the event. Participation is free of charge.  


The symposium is held on the behalf of the international PhD programme “HZI Graduate School”, a joint PhD school of the HZI, the Hannover Medical School, the Technical University Braunschweig and the Veterinary School Hannover. The lecture series with renowned experts talking about their infection research takes place at the HZI for the seventh time now.

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