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Pathogens under the Super Microscope

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Pathogens under the Super Microscope - departure into invisible worlds

Pathogens are impressive masters of transformation and unbelievably small. At the same the time, pathogens such as AIDS, tuberculosis, and Ebola pose a large threat to our health. These microorganisms challenge us on a daily basis. What do they look like? How do they adapt to new surroundings? How do they trick our cells? What new methods are available, to help us support or improve our natural defences? At the invitation of CSSB and Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg, renowned experts will discuss these questions and many others during a panel discussion on the 7 September 2015 at 19:00. The panel discussion will take place at the Lichthof der Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg.

Panel Members:

Prof. Dr. Marylyn Addo
German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), Head of Infectiology Section, Bernhard Nocht Clinic, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE)

Prof. Dr. Rudi Balling
Director of the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine

Prof. Dr. Kay Grünewald
University of Oxford, Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB), Heinrich Pette Institute, Universität Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Matthias Wilmanns
Scientific Director of the Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB), Director of the Hamburg Outstation of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

  The event will be moderated by scientific journalist, Angela Grosse.

Very little is currently known about pathogens as they are often only visible under “super microscopes.” For a long time, these microorganisms have been defying our medications. For example, many pathogens have developed a resistance to antibiotics. With the increasingly global exchange of goods and people, pathogens are rapidly expanding their reach. The continued globalization of our lives increases pathogens chances to discover and develop new living environments. It is therefore, extremely important to develop strategies for the preservation of human and animal health. At CSSB, scientists from nine research institutes are working together to develop a better understanding of these pathogens.

At the end of the 90 minute discussion, there will be the opportunity to converse with experts.

Event Information:
Pathogens under the Super Microscope –
EBOLA, MERS, EHEC – how pathogens are changing our world and what we can do to prevent them

Monday, 7 September 2015
Lichthof im Altbau der Staats-und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg
Edmund-Siemers-Allee / Ecke Grindelallee, 20146 Hamburg