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Over the next three years, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research will provide funding for the establishment of a network of German female researchers of infectious diseases with its Innovative Women in Focus program. RWTH Professor Gabriele Pradel from the Department of Cellular and Applied Infection Biology at the Institute of Biology 2 is responsible for the…
"Itaconic acid has two isomers, natural relatives that differ only slightly in chemical structure, mesaconic and citraconic acid," says PD Dr. Frank Pessler, head of the working group "Biomarkers for Infectious Diseases" at the Institute for Experimental Infection Research at TWINCORE - Centre for Experimental and Clinical Infection Research in Hannover, a joint facility of…
”When a hazardous pathogen with epidemic or even pandemic potential emerges, it is most important to react as quickly as possible,” says Prof Michael Meyer-Hermann, head of the Department of Systems Immunology at the HZI. ”We are developing LOKI as an early warning software that will support health authorities in the future in detecting local outbreaks and modelling the…
Hepatitis D is caused by coinfection of hepatitis B patients with the hepatitis D virus (HDV). Up to 20 Million individuals are infected with HDV worldwide including about 250.000 patients in the European Union. There is very limited knowledge on disease pathophysiology and host-virus interactions explaining the large interindividual variability in the course of hepatitis D. It is…
You studied the viral load in different clinical samples from ventilated COVID-19 patients. What does viral load reveal about the clinical prognosis of patients? For which group of people does this apply? Henrike Maaß: Unfortunately, a clear clinical prognosis is not possible based on the viral load alone. Especially in serum samples, the viral load can only be detected in…