Research Projects (Third party funds)


Climate change and its effects on vector-borne Lyme disease Borreliosis

ZIFCO_und_Klima590x260.jpg©HZI/CastellAs part of the Helmholtz Initiative Climate Adaptation and Mitigation, this projects aims to estimate the occurrence of acute borreliosis (Lyme disease) in Germany under various climate change scenarios (statistical/mathematical modelling). In a second part, we determine borreliosis seroprevalence in the German National Cohort (also see study center Hannover) and the Rhineland Study and its risk factors. Here, we focus especially on variables that are potentially associated with IgM seropositivity in GNC study participants. Data from the GNC will feed back into the first part of the project (modelling). In addition, we will integrate data from system modelling regarding vector abundance and activity (developed by UFZ).


  • Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI)
  • Helmholtz


German National Cohort e.V.
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig
GERICS Climate Service Center Germany


  • Dr Stefanie Castell

    Deputy Head of Department Epidemiology and Scientist


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HZI - Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

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