Centre for Infectious Diseases (ZIM)
We introduce ourselves
The Centre for Infectious Diseases is an association of four veterinary institutes that deal with the different aspects of infections in pets and humans and investigate the interactions between pathogens and host.
From idea to success
The future of veterinary medicine at the University of Leipzig lies in the cooperation between institutes to bundle the different expertise for the common benefit. One of these centres was already founded in 2010 under the leadership of the former institute directors, Prof. Dr. Müller (virology), Prof. Dr. Krüger (bacteriology and mycology), Prof. Dr. Daugschies (parasitology) and Prof. Dr. Alber (immunology), the Centre for Infectious Diseases, which started in 2004 as a joint venture in infectious medicine.
Investigation of the interactions between pathogens and the host
Since its foundation, the common ground has been the common interest in researching the interactions between pathogens and the host in all its facets.
The current institute directors, Prof. Dr. Vahlenkamp (Virology), Prof. Dr. Baums (Bacteriology and Mycology), Prof. Dr. Daugschies (Parasitology) and Prof. Dr. Alber (Immunology), have intensified this cooperation. This has led to joint research projects in which scientists and doctoral students from the institutes work together on projects. Projects have investigated co-infections of bacteria with parasites and viruses with parasites, and bacteriological and immunological aspects have been investigated within the framework of vaccine development. In addition, the ZIM institutes offer joint courses, including a very practice-oriented infection diagnostic course.
The Center endeavors to promote interdisciplinary research between the institutes and to jointly manage the training of doctoral students, interns, project students and bio laboratory assistants.
Core units as service facilities
The center also has several core units that provide their services uni-internally, for other research institutes and companies, including core units for flow cytometric questions (CUDZ) and for mass spectroscopic characterization of pathogen species in submitted samples (CUMI).
Centre for Infectious Diseases
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1. goal, concern
A Centre for Infection Medicine (ZIM) was founded at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Leipzig with the aim of improving the coordination of institutions working in the field of infectious medicine.
It is a central concern of ZIM,
- in view of the persistently problematic situation in terms of human, financial and material resources, to ensure optimum quality in teaching, research and services in the future as well,
- to further intensify the cooperation among each other and with the other faculty institutions,
- increase the competitiveness of both the institutions brought together in it and the faculty, and
- to achieve a close coordination of teaching contents in veterinary studies, to establish a structured postgraduate training and to promote the promotion of young scientists.
Furthermore, the further and advanced training of veterinarians, in particular the qualification as a specialist veterinarian including area designations as well as the diploma of a European College, shall be promoted as far as established.
2. organisational form
The ZIM is not a separate and independent institution of the university, but should ensure a coordinated cooperation of its members. A further development to an independent organisational form is a goal, which is to be examined after an appropriate time on the basis of made experiences.
Members of the ZIM are the Institute of Bacteriology and Mycology, the Institute of Immunology, the Institute of Parasitology and the Institute of Virology. Membership as a member in an advisory capacity (associate member) is open to all institutions of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Leipzig in the field of infectious medicine and is carried out by decision of the members. This membership can be terminated informally at any time by written declaration of the head of an institution.
All relatives and members of the participating institutes determined according to § 49 SächsHSFG belong to the ZIM.
4. executive committee
The ZIM is managed by a board of directors. The heads of the participating institutes belong to it with voting rights. In addition to the Executive Board, the Extended Board includes all other professors of the institutes, including full professors, junior professors, endowed professors and other habilitated professors. The Extended Board also includes a representative of the staff, a representative of the non-scientific staff and a representative of the doctoral candidates. The representatives of the middle staff, non-scientific staff and doctoral students are nominated by the respective groups to the board at the annual meeting of the ZIM.
The tasks of the board are in particular:
- Coordination of course and content of teaching in the field of infectious medicine
- Development of innovative and interdisciplinary teaching concepts
- Improving the flow of information between members
- Coordination of the procurement of equipment for shared use
- Coordination of the use of rooms, equipment and personnel for research and services, establishment of and cooperation in ensuring the operation of core units of the ZIM, facultative or inter-faculty core units)
- Preparation and continuous updating of a service catalogue
- Development and support of interdisciplinary research projects
- Development of joint quality assurance concepts
- Representation of common interests within and outside the faculty
The executive committee only has a quorum if all members are present. As a rule, resolutions of the executive committee shall be passed unanimously. Resolutions may also be passed by simple majority, in the case of a tie, with additional weighting of the speaker's vote. Decisions concerning the organisational, personnel and financial independence of the participating institutions require unanimity. The Board may invite guests to the Board meeting to discuss specific aspects.
The Executive Board may appoint a "Scientific Advisory Board" to which external scientists may be appointed.
The Extended Board of Directors serves to advise the Board of Directors and to ensure the transparency of decisions. It shall serve the flow of information and the consideration of the interests of the represented groups. Resolutions of the Extended Board may be passed by a simple majority of those present. They are subject to the approval of the Executive Board. The Extended Board meets twice a year, preferably at the beginning of the lecture periods in April and October, and is convened by the speaker.
The Board of Directors elects a spokesperson from among the Institute's directors, who is to be elected every two years as a rule.
The spokesperson represents the Centre externally and internally. He/she convenes regular monthly meetings of the Executive Board. At least once a year, all employees of the participating institutes shall be invited to a meeting.
News from research and the ZIM
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News from the ZIM and the institutes
West-Nil-Virus Serologie-Ringtest - bestanden
Das Auftreten neuer Erreger bedingt eine stete Weiterentwicklung unseres Diagnostik-Angebots. Daher hat unser Institut sein serologisches...
Emmy-Noether junior research group to study severe asthma in horses
Our institute is home to the newly established Emmy Noether Junior Research Group headed by Dr. Christiane Schnabel. With funding from the German...
Usutu-Virus / West-Nil-Virus qPCR-Ringtest - bestanden
Das Auftreten neuer Erreger bedingt eine stete Weiterentwicklung unseres Diagnostik-Angebots. Daher hat unser Institut sein molekularbiologisches...
ZIM doctoral student receives Wilhelm Ellenberger Prize
Mrs. Viktoria Rungelrath burns for bacteriology. She has demonstrated this with her outstanding dissertation on "Characterization of IgG proteolysis...
Events of the ZIM and the institutes
Workshop - National Research Platform for Zoonoses - Use of PCLS for ex vivo investigation of host-pathogen interaction
As part of the research project "In-vitro system for the characterisation of the allergic potential of human and animal pathogenic fungi", the project...
networking at the ZIM
Four institutes of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine work together at our Centre for Infectious Medicine and offer joint courses. We also cooperate with two other institutes and operate two core units.
Our Core Units
The core units of the Center for Infectious Medicine are highly specialized laboratories. Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and software, scientists can carry out their research work here in an interdisciplinary manner.