HZI magazine "InFact"

For many years the InFact has been the staff magazine of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research and has been an integral part of the internal communication. Since 2017, the magazine is also available on the HZI homepage for everyone who is interested. In reports, interviews and portraits, HZI employees inform about research projects, the research strategy and the people at the various HZI locations. Have fun reading the InFact!


Dear readers,

Everywhere in us, on us and around us is teeming with bacteria, viruses and fungi. In fact, there is nothing wrong with that, because most microbes are completely harmless and, together with viruses, help to train our immune system, for example. Every now and then, however, an infection can occur. We have the most effective - and simplest - protective measures in our hands: Proper hygiene can already greatly reduce the risk of many infections, while the vaccinations recommended by the Standing Committee on Vaccination protect us against a number of aggressive pathogens.

Read more about how to prevent infections in our cover story. Pathogens are so tiny we cannot see them with the naked eye. An impressive technique for visualising the smallest structures is electron microscopy, which Manfred Rohde perfected at the HZI for research of infections. The topic article on page 8 presents his work to you. Furthermore, Ulrich Kalinke reports in an interview on the latest trends at TWINCORE in Hannover.

I look forward to your feedback and wish you pleasant reading!

Andreas Fischer

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