AMR Stakeholder Profile
Focus area/active in: Animal Health | One Health | Therapeutics | Diagnostics
Company/Organisation type: Association | Cluster | Network
The research association InfectControl unites partners from industry, science and society at five central locations in Germany. Together they develop new strategies to combat infectious diseases. The research projects of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research-funded consortium transcend the boundaries of traditional disciplines and consistently take a one-health approach to infectious diseases.
The researchers focus on the following areas: agriculture and veterinary medicine, mobility, climate and infrastructure, medical research and care, as well as the public and patients. InfectControl consistently follows the One Health approach as the health of humans, animals and the environment are directly linked. Markers and new diagnostic tools are developed within InfectControl to identify for example zoonotic diseases or mycotic resistance to diagnose such diseases faster and by this combat them efficiently.
InfectControl combines human and veterinary medicine with architecture, climate research, communication science and many other disciplines. New building standards for hospitals and livestock farming as well as infection-preventative patient rooms are developed and help to combat infectious diseases by using efficient architecture designed to reduce infections. Within the consortium new vaccines against respiratory and systemic infections in humans and pigs and a new antibiotic against tuberculosis are being developed. To combat infectious diseases, it is particularly important to question existing patterns of behavior, particularly in the area of antibiotic use. Educating the public and patients is therefore a central component of InfectControl. We create and design information brochures for patients, podcasts for animal farmers and an app for general practitioners to increase the correct use of antibiotics.
Additionally, in Thuringia a vaccination information campaign was implemented. Half of the InfectControl partners are companies. With a strong network between the scientific community and industrial partners, it is possible to quickly transfer findings from infection research into applications.
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