Sites of the Helmholtz Centre
The Sites of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research are distributed all over Germany. In addition to the main campus in Braunschweig, there are facilities in five other cities: Hamburg, Hanover, Saarbrücken, Würzburg and Greifswald.
The Helmholtz Institute for One Health is being established as a branch of HZI in Braunschweig and will be closely linked to the University of Greifswald, the University Medicine Greifswald and the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut through a scientific cooperation agreement.
The new institute will follow a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to tackle health challenges arising from infectious diseases in line with the “One Health“ concept. The “One Health” Concept acknowledges that human health is tightly connected to the health of animals and an intact environment.
Globalization, climate change, enhanced mobility of humans, intensified livestock farming, as well as increasing urbanization and loss of natural habitats are key drivers for the onset and rapid spread of infections.Microbes move globally, breach species barriers and frequently develop multi-resistance. A global problem is also the lack of anti-infectives and vaccines. The current COVID-19 outbreak dramatically shows our still limited understanding of the origin and transmission of zoonotic infections and the urgent global need for more effective preventive and therapeutic measures to mitigate pandemic spread. The new institute will address this need and thus fill a critical gap.
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Founded by Friedrich Loeffler in 1910, the FLI, the Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, is an independent federal authority under the auspices of the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture that focuses on research for the health and well-being of food-producing animals and the protection of humans from zoonoses. With its recently completed state-of-the-art laboratories and experimental animal facilities up to biosafety level 4 located at its headquarters Greifswald-Insel Riems, it is one the most modern infectious disease research institutes in the world. Its research is based on Federal Animal Health Legislation including the operation of national and international reference laboratories for notifiable and reportable infectious animal diseases and zoonoses, e.g. caused by Influenza virus, Coronavirus, Coxiella, and Mycobacteria.