Why are some people more susceptible to infections than others? In order to investigate the central question of RESIST, we conduct studies on immune functions. These studies are based on patient information from 14 so-called cohorts – constantly growing recruited groups of people with the same disease. The cohorts already exist or are newly created and, depending on the cohort, should comprise 150 to 1,500 persons.
For example, RESIST is currently establishing two cohorts on severe herpes diseases. There is also a cohort for children up to two years old who have severe respiratory problems due to an infection with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Another group are children with the disease cystic fibrosis, who often suffer from severe pneumonia.