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In order to find new active ingredients for the treatment of infectious diseases, HIPS researchers are taking a close look at soil bacteria that are known to produce natural products with promising pharmaceutical properties. These are then tested in the laboratory for their efficacy against human pathogens and thus used to develop novel antibiotics. The greater the biological…
Two projects each from the Hannover Medical School (MHH), the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig presented their promising ideas with prospects for scaling and commercialisation at today's event. Prof Dr Michael Zeisberg, Dr Liat Hayardeny-Brück, Prof Dr Lutz Ackermann and their team can now rejoice as…
To develop new therapeutics against infections, researchers depend on laboratory models that allow them to simulate and study the infection process. Such models are essential, especially in the early testing and development of active substances, in order to keep the number of necessary animal experiments as low as possible. In the case of biofilm-associated infections, these models…
The research group of Inhoffen Medal 2023 winner Prof Jörn Piel investigates how structurally complex natural products are produced. “Prof Jörn Piel is an outstanding scientist who has done ground-breaking work on microbial natural products research. His molecular biology-based work, for example on uncultured bacteria, opens up new areas of research that have received and are…
Each person's gut microbiome contains a specific community of microorganisms that normally remains stable for years. However, it can be thrown off balance by factors such as dietary changes, infections or medications. Antibiotics in particular have a strong influence on the microbiome. In response, microorganisms employ various resistance mechanisms, with individual bacterial…