FLI institute renamed
With effect from March 1st, the Institute of Molecular Biology of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut located at the FLI headquarters Insel Riems has been renamed Institute of Molecular Virology and Cell Biology (IMVZ). The new name better reflects the institute’s current major areas of research. The IMVZ mainly conducts research on virus host cell interactions and uses modern imaging techniques such as live-cell imaging (real-time high resolution visualization of virological-cell biological processes) and MALDI imaging (mass spectrometric investigation of biological preparations in situ).
Vaccine research: Scientist participates in international young investigator program
The international scientific journal Vaccine and the Edward Jenner Society will shortly launch their new „Young Investigator Program (YIP)“ for the promotion of promising young scientists in vaccine research. Dr. Kerstin Wernike of the Institute of Diagnostic Virology of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI) is among the first ten participants who will be supported in the publication of their scientific work.
African swine fever in Poland
18 February 2014
After Lithuania at the end of January, Poland now has also reported a case of African swine fever in a wild boar at the Byelorussian border. The animal disease has thus reached EU territory. An introduction into other countries of the European Union cannot be excluded. Animal holders, veterinarians and hunters therefore are requested to increasingly pay attention to acute symptoms in domestic pigs and an increased occurrence of dead wildlife (wild boar).
The FLI provides updated information on African swine fever (Fact sheets).
FLI Scientists discover new bacteria
During investigations of a psittacosis outbreak in Germany in 2005 the workgroup of Konrad Sachse, Institute of Molecular Pathogenesis of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut in Jena, has discovered so far unknown bacterial species. After intensive research conducted by an international team, the new species Chlamydia avium and Chlamydia gallinacea can now be presented in the scientific journal Systematic and Applied Microbiology.
African swine fever in Lithuania
African swine fever has been detected in wild boar in two regions of Lithuania at the Byelorussian border. The animal disease has thus reached EU territory. An introduction into other countries of the European Union cannot be excluded. Animal holders, veterinarians and hunters therefore are requested to increasingly pay attention to acute symptoms in domestic pigs and an increased occurrence of dead wildlife (wild boar). The FLI provides updated information on African swine fever (Fact sheets).
Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut closes Wusterhausen site
By the end of this year the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut will close its site in Wusterhausen, Brandenburg. The Institute of Epidemiology so far located at this site will continue its work at the FLI headquarters on the island of Riems.
Modern Animal Disease Diagnostics in Germany
6. Riemser Diagnostiktage in Greifswald
On November 21 and 22, recent developments in the field of animal disease diagnostics will be presented at the “6. Riemser Diagnostiktage“ held at the Alfried-Krupp-Wissenschaftskolleg in Greifswald. The conference is organized jointly every other year by the FLI and the Working Group for Veterinary Infection Diagnostics (Arbeitskreis für veterinärmedizinische Infektionsdiagnostik, AVID) of the German Veterinary Medical Society (DVG). This year, approximately 200 participants are expected.
Second issue "Im Fokus" published
In the second issue of our scientific series “Im Fokus” scientists of the Institute of Immunology describe how cells fend off invading pathogens by „recycling processes“ and present them to the immune system. The results have important implications for the future design of therapeutic strategies.
Risk assessment on the re-introduction and occurrence of highly pathogenic influenza virus
In its recent risk assessment, the FLI assesses the risk of re-introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus of the subtypes H5 and H7 (HPAIV H5N1 und HPAIV H7N7) into domestic poultry holdings by illegal trade from third countries as high. For legal trade and trade with poultry and poultry products between EU member states the risk is negligible. The risk of introduction of virus already present in the country into domestic poultry holdings by wild birds or in-country trade of waterfowl is considered to be low. Within Germany, the risk of introduction by passenger or vehicle traffic is assessed as negligible.
Animal Health Report 2012
The FLI publishes the annual Animal Health Report for the year 2012 summarizing the results of epidemiological and laboratory diagnostic investigations, control measures as well as an assessment of the risks for animals and humans emanating from selected animal diseases.
New variant of RHD virus now also detected in Germany
A new variant of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV), currently designated RHDV-2 by the French scientists who first described it, has now also been detected for the first time in Germany in a rabbit holding in the district Unna, North Rhine-Westphalia.
German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology honors Prof. Thomas Mettenleiter
In the frame of the opening session of its Annual Meeting in Rostock, the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM) yesterday honored Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Thomas C. Mettenleiter, President of the FLI, as “DGHM-Lecturer 2013” for his merits in infection research. The prize was awarded in recognition of his outstanding and internationally renowned molecular biological research on the interaction of important veterinary viruses and host cells and his contribution to the development of the FLI as one of the worldwide leading research institutions in the field of animal health.
First dection of the canine heartworm Dirofilaria immitis in German mosquitoes
Scientists of the FLI and of the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg, have detected larvae of several mosquito-borne roundworm species in endemic mosquitoes, including for the first time the canine parasite Dirofilaria immitis (heartworm), which is widespread in the Mediterranean area.
Asian bush mosquito on the rise in Germany
Aedes japonicus now also detected in Lower Saxony
After the surprising detection of a population of the Asian bush mosquito Aedes japonicus in West Germany in the summer of 2012, the same group of scientists from the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg, and the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI), Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Greifswald – Insel Riems, have now been able to detect this invasive mosquito species in Lower Saxony.
Research Network InfectControl 2020
Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut contributes to development of novel antibiotics and antiviral substances
Within the next five years the research network „InfectControl 2020 – Novel Antiinfection Strategies – Science • Economy • Public“ will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with a total of 45 million Euros. The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI), together with the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald, contributed significantly to the development of the research concept. Within this network, the FLI will be responsible for developing and testing antibiotics and antiviral substances for veterinary medicine.
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