Infectious diseases and global health

Theme leader: David Burger

The mission of the theme "Infectious diseases and global health" is to reach national and international leadership in research and research training in infectious diseases, immunity and global health. Research aims to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of patients with infections based on fundamental, translational and epidemiological-based investigative approaches to studying disease pathogenesis.

The Infectious diseases and Global health (ID&GH) theme combines cutting edge research in immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, 'omics' and systems biology, with translational research in immunology and infectious diseases, as well as implementation research at a population level. Thus integrating research from molecule-to-man-to-population. Researchers of the theme ID&GH aim to have a significant and global impact on the control, treatment and elimination of infectious diseases. These aims will be accomplished through several complementary strategies: (i) basic research aimed at understanding biological mechanisms will identify novel targets for diagnostic and therapy; (ii) translational research will aim to interrogate relevant biological processes in patients; and (iii) epidemiological research will study infections and global health at a population level.

The ID&GH theme has two major research lines which should not be considered as separate activities, but rather as overlapping focus points whereby synergy is actively pursued.

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