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The unit develops diagnostic assays and prevention strategies for infectious diseases, in human and veterinary medicine. A strong focus is on zoonoses and (re-)emerging viral infections.
Procedures to stimulate or suppress the immune system are developed in the Department of Immunology. These include vaccines on innovative technology platforms, e.g. novel inactivation methods or plasmid DNA. As such, efficient vaccines can be produced quickly and inexpensively. A further topic is improving the problem-free healing of transplants by the induction of specific tolerance. Furthermore, procedures are being developed to monitor immunoreactivity and to control dysfunctions such as graft-versus-host disease (GvHD). Bacteriostatic peptides and peptide banks for the analysis of immune reactions in food allergies are a further focus. Novel imaging procedures help analyze immunological and cell biological processes.