EXC 2155 RESIST: Resolving Infection Susceptibility

  • Förster, Reinhold (Speaker, Coordinator)
  • Hansen, Gesine (Speaker, Coordinator)
  • Schulz, Thomas (Speaker, Coordinator)
  • Cicin-Sain, Luka (Project Staff)
  • Cornberg, Markus (Project Staff)
  • Dersch, Petra (Project Staff)
  • Eschenburg, Susanne (Project Staff)
  • Gerardy-Schahn, Rita (Project Staff)
  • Grimbacher, Bodo (Project Staff)
  • Grünewald, Kay (Project Staff)
  • Häußler, Susanne (Project Staff)
  • Hühn, Jochen (Project Staff)
  • Illig, Thomas (Project Staff)
  • Kalinke, Ulrich (Principal Investigator (PI))
  • Krey, Thomas (Project Staff)
  • Manns, Michael Peter (Project Staff)
  • McHardy, Alice C. (Project Staff)
  • Müller, Rolf (Project Staff)
  • Osterhaus, Albert (Project Staff)
  • Pietschmann, Thomas (Project Staff)
  • Prinz, Immo (Project Staff)
  • Strowig, Till (Project Staff)
  • Viemann, Dorothee (Project Staff)
  • Werfel, Thomas (Project Staff)
  • Witte, Torsten (Project Staff)

Project: DFG ProjectsDFG Cluster of Excellence

Project Details


The Cluster of Excellence RESIST will drive forward our understanding of the fundamental determinants of susceptibility to infectious diseases to the point where this newly gained knowledge can be used to develop more accurate, personalised therapies, diagnostic methods and novel preven-tive strategies. These aims are motivated by important clinical needs. Severe manifestations of infec-tious disease often occur in the very young (infants and premature babies) and the very old. Susceptibility to infection may also be inherited or acquired, for example as a side effect of immunosuppressive therapy or another infection. In these individuals, severe infections often curtail the success of modern medicine. Because of an ageing population and an increasing number of patients living with organ or stem cell transplants, severe infectious disease in susceptible individuals represents an important medical and societal challenge, in particular in middle and high-income countries. Currently it is difficult to take into account differences in infection susceptibility and to tailor treatments to the individual requirements of an infected patient, because the host and pathogen determinants that govern infectious disease susceptibility are only poorly understood. To remedy this situation, RESIST will address host genetic factors determining the severity of bacterial and viral infections, explore how the immune response is primed in very young and reshaped in older individuals, and investigate the dynam-ics of microbial communities and determinants of bacterial and viral persistence and replication. RESIST has designed its research programme around numerous existing and planned patient cohorts and will focus on a selected group of bacterial and viral pathogens that are of high public health concern and of particular relevance in the very young, the elderly, patients with inherited immune defects and transplant recipients. RESIST will build on the recently developed excellent infrastructure for basic and clinical in-fection research in the Hannover-Braunschweig area and further strengthen it by incorporating world-leading expertise in molecular imaging (Centre for Structural Systems Biology, Hamburg) and in the genetic causes of immunodeficiency (Centre for Chronic Immunodeficiencies, Freiburg). In this way RE-SIST will generate new ideas and concepts that can be developed further for eventual clinical use with the help of our translational research programmes in the German Centres for Infection Research (DZIF) and Lung Research (DZL), as well as our recently established Centres for Individualised Infection Medicine (CIIM) and Emerging Infections and Zoonoses (RIZ) in Hannover. In this way RESIST will lay the scientific basis and act as a catalyst for the development of innovative approaches to prevent, diagnose and treat severe infections in susceptible patients.
Effective start/end date01.01.19 → …

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Infection and Inflammation Research (ZIEL)

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 204-04 Virology
  • 204-05 Immunology
  • 204-01 Metabolism, Biochemistry and Genetics of Microorganisms
  • 204-02 Microbial Ecology and Applied Microbiology
  • 204-03 Medical Microbiology and Mycology, Hygiene, Molecular Infection Biology


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