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Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI)

Institut für Molekulare Infektionsbiologie (IMIB) der Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg © Universität Würzburg / Foto: Staatliches Bauamt Würzburg/Wolfgang Dürr Architekturfotografie

The Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) was established in May 2017 as a joint venture between the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) and the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg (JMU). Located on the Würzburg medical campus, it will be the first research institution worldwide bridging the areas of RNA research and infectious diseases. 

Research profile

HZI and JMU have agreed on four central research areas for HIRI in alignment with the scientific and societal challenges outlined above:

  • Bacterial Infections
  • Viral Infections
  • Host Response
  • RNA Delivery

The three areas “Bacterial Infections”, “Viral Infections” and “Host Response” will provide a comprehensive analysis of the role of RNA in infections and, in collaboration with “RNA Delivery”, advance therapeutic interventions.

To achieve their respective goals, the four areas will be tightly interlinked and complement ongoing research at their parent institutions.

The integration of emerging topics in RNA research will ensure a place for HIRI at the forefront of infectious diseases research. 

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