Zoonoses are infectious diseases caused by bacteria, parasites, fungi, prions or viruses, and they can be transmitted between animals and humans. Therefore a close collaboration between natural scientists of all fields is particularly important to ensure a broad exchange of knowledge and experiences.
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 initiate an exchange of experiences, to strengthen research activities and to cross-link human and veterinary medicine.
The office is situated on three sites: Berlin (c/o Technologie- und Methodenplattform für die vernetzte medizinische Forschung e.V.), Münster (c/o Institute of Molecular Virology, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität), and Greifswald - Insel Riems (c/o Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health). This reflects the diversity within the platform.
The focus of the office on Riems lies on registration, documentation and standardization of available resources in the field of zoonoses research including the setup of databases containing an overview on zoonoses-related experts, research institutions, projects, funding programmes, existing samples, and cell lines.
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