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


    Lena Merkel

    Research Fellow

    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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    GIGA Focus Africa | 1/2022

    Ten Things to Watch in Africa in 2022

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    Dr. Julia Grauvogel

    Senior Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Dr. Christian von Soest

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Peace and Security"


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