Research into infectious diseases, is therefore, still confronted with great medical challenges. Due to the continuous development and changes, not only do the foundations and mechanisms of infectious diseases have a high profile in science, but so does the field of research into infectious diseases itself.
The Research Group set itself, as a goal, the chronological and quantitative survey of the "recent history" of European research into infectuous diseases. Qualitative studies, especially, should contribute to answering the following questions:
- What contributions were made by the single European countries to global research into infectious diseases?
- What developments occured in the various areas of research into infectious diseases, namely bacteriology, mycology, parasitology and virology?
- How are these contributions perceived in the respective countries, and how are they judged by foreign colleagues?
- How high is the percentage of contributions that specifically cater to academic interests – how high is the percentage of actually usable contributions in the field or on patients?
- What can be learned from these developments for the future (funding of research, forming of key areas, European cooperations)?
The Research Group published its findings in several publications.
Aside from its studies, the Research Group contributed to the conference "Threat of Infection – Microbes of High Pathogenic Potential – Strategies for Detection, Control and Eradication" in July 2004 in Würzburg.
Publications and Survey
The Research Group published its findings in several papers.