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INFECTIONS in an Urbanizing World - Humans, Animals, Environments

The Leibniz Research Alliance INFECTIONS promotes interdisciplinary research across several sections of the Leibniz Association. It focuses on the spread of antimicrobial resistant (AMR) microbes in an urbanizing society. This is a topical issue since a number of endemic infectious diseases are the leading cause of disease and mortality worldwide. In addition, humanity is increasingly challenged by emerging infectious agents that are often zoonotic in nature, such as the coronavirus outbreak.
Leibniz Association, 2021-2025


German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)
Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy
Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine
German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research
Leibniz Institute DSMZ- German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures
Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute
Heinrich Pette Institute – Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology
Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries
Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development
Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology
Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften
Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research
Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research

Research Questions

A central research question of the alliance is on how to implement effective and cost-effective measures curbing antimicrobial resistance.

Contribution to International Research

The allicance's aim is to advance the state of knowledge, contribute to the development of counter measures and to provide tailored policy recommendations.

Research Design and Methods

The alliance uses an interdisciplinary approach combining inter alia empirical research with theoretcial modelling.

As one of the partner institutes of INFECTIONS, the GIGA is primarily concerned with current developments in the field of "Antimicrobial Stewardship". This includes, for example, the analysis of the status of the implementation of the national action plans for the containment of antimicrobial resistance in Germany, but also in the countries of the Global South, as demanded by the WHO. At the micro level, the GIGA will evaluate a number of measures for more efficient use of antibiotics (especially in the area of diagnostics) and assess them for cost-benefit. This will be done largely in cooperation with the Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM). As part of its work within the network, the GIGA will develop concrete recommendations for policy-makers.


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