Improved hygiene and better preventionand treatment have diminished the incidenceof infectious diseases particularlyin industrialised countries. However, increasing antibiotic resistance, emergence of new pathogens, together with changes in pathogen distribution due to altered climate and mobility are global challenges for
Infectious diseases can be spread and transferred to humans in many ways. A holistic approach is required to better understand transmission and to achieve optimal infection control strategies. Biomedical, ecological,
socio-economic and political aspects all need to be considered.
The Leibniz Research Alliance “INFECTIONS´21” aims to establish an interdisciplinary research agenda and opens up new avenues of communication across disciplines.
New strategies and methods for early warning and outbreak management systems will be developed to control spread of pathogens. This effort will also include public involvement through citizen science projects.