Research to help the most vulnerable

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Some people become only mildly ill when they ’catch’ viral or bacterial infections, whereas others are affected much more severely. But what are the reasons for these differences? And how can the course of a disease be predicted and personalised treatments developed?

These questions are being addressed by the RESIST Cluster of Excellence team. This will enable them to help people with a weakened immune system, including newborn babies, the elderly, people with congenital immunodeficiency, those whose immune system is suppressed for therapeutic reasons, and implant users.

Our research programme is for the weakest. The current threat of the corona pandemic clearly shows how important the goals of our Cluster of Excellence RESIST are. We want to better understand the variable susceptibility of individuals to infections in order to protect vulnerable people as well as possible. In view of the dramatic situation, we in RESIST are also researching around SARS-CoV-2.


Upcoming Seminars

RESIST Seminar on project B10

9. February | 17:00 - 18:00

Exciting topics, interestingly presented: Every Thursday (except during school holidays), RESIST scientists or top-class researchers from external institutions present at the RESIST Seminar Series. This seminar takes place from 5 to 6 pm Lecture Hall Q Building J6, Hannover Medical School. If you a [...]

RESIST Seminar on project B10

9. February | 17:00 - 18:00

RESIST Seminar on project B13

16. February | 17:00 - 18:00

RESIST Seminar on project on B14

23. February | 17:00 - 18:00

RESIST Seminar on project C4

9. March | 17:00 - 18:00

RESIST Seminar on project D1

16. March | 17:00 - 18:00

Film Portrait of the Cluster of Excellence RESIST


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The virtual Centre for Infection Biology (ZIB) offers the following programmes for doctoral students: “Infection Biology” and “Dynamics of Host Pathogen Interactions – DEWIN”. More information can be found here.


Why are elderly people often more vulnerable to viral infections than younger people? In order to answer these questions the RESIST team has been establishing a clinical cohort since the end of 2019.

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