Zoonoses are infectious diseases caused by bacteria, parasites, fungi, prions or viruses, and are transmittable between animals and humans. Therefore, a close collaboration between human medicine, veterinary medicine and the natural sciences is particularly important to ensure a broad exchange of knowledge and experiences to combat this health burden.
In this context, the National Research Platform for Zoonoses, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, offers a central information and service network for zoonoses research in Germany. The aim is to combine forces in zoonoses research by initiating interdisciplinary cooperation, by exchanging experiences and methods, and by cross-linking human and veterinary medicine, both on national as well as international level.
The office is situated at two sites: Münster (c/o Institute of Virology, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität) and Greifswald – Isle of Riems (c/o Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health). Additionally, the platform cooperates with the Research Network of Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, which is coordinated by its office at the Institute of Virology at the Charité Berlin. The individual locations cover the diversity of expertise within the platform.
The office at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut on Riems focuses on the promotion of the junior scientists within the zoonoses platform. Furthermore, the office realizes the registration, harmonization and standardization of available resources in the field of zoonoses research.
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