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National Symposium on Influenza Research in Germany 2009


From November 22nd - 24th, 2009, the influenza researchers of Germany, who are working within the projects of the federal government's  immediate research programme Influenza (FSI) and the zoonoses network FluResearchNet, met. After three years of funding, the symposium was on the one hand the final event for the FSI and on the other hand the annual meeting of the still young research association FluResearchNet. It was supported in organisation and design by the National Research Platform for Zoonoses. The symposium took place at the Kaiserin-Friedrich-Stiftung in Berlin and was aimed at those involved in the FSI and FluresearchNet projects.

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   Inhaltliche Schwerpunkte des Symposiums:
- Epidemiology
- Diagnostics
- Pathogenesis
- Prophylaxis and therapy

Albert D.M.E. Osterhaus (Rotterdam)
Hans-Dieter Klenk (Marburg)
Xavier Saelens (Ghent)

Organisation und scientific direction
Jörg Hacker (Berlin)
Reinhard Kurth (Berlin)
Johannes Löwer (Langen)
Stephan Ludwig (Münster)
Thomas Mettenleiter (Greifswald - Insel Riems)
Thorsten Wolff (Berlin)

The immediate research programme Influenza was launched in 2006 at the Federal Institutes Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (Insel Riems), Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (Langen) and Robert Koch-Institut (Berlin). It is funded by the Federal Ministries of Education and Research (BMBF), Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) and Health (BMG). The aim of the programme was to quickly close gaps in knowledge about influenza, which became apparent with the outbreak of avian influenza viruses of the H5N1 subtype in wild birds in spring 2006. At the same time, the programme aimed to promote measures to improve Germany's preparedness for a pandemic outbreak. The results were presented at a symposium held at the Empress Friedrich Foundation in Berlin from 22nd to 24th November.

The FluResearchNet is a broad-based research network, which has been funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since 2008. Within the framework of the FluresearchNet, research is conducted in 10 projects at 12 locations in Germany. Participating are working groups in universities as well as in federal institutes. They work together to contribute to a better understanding of influenza pathogens and their therapy.


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