The study is being conducted by Dr. Yvonne Kemmling and her team at the study center of the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Hannover together with the participating MHH Clinics for Dermatology, Allergology and Venerology as well as for Neurology, the Hannover Unified Biobank (HUB) and a number of other RESIST working groups. Information for participants can be found here.
The volunteers are not only asked about their lifestyle, previous illnesses and medication, but are also medically examined (blood pressure, skin etc.). In particular, laboratory tests are also carried out to check immune functions. For this purpose, extensive laboratory tests are made using biological samples such as blood, stool and smears of the nasal mucosa.
Biosamples gathered from study participants of the RESIST cohort, the HSV cohort, and the Zoster cohort are organized, processed and documented together in a harmonized fashion, so that RESIST research projects compare them regarding the different research questions. Management of laboratory processes is performed by Dr. rer. nat. Lennart Roesner. He has a background in inflammation research and is currently working as a junior research group leader in the Department of Dermatology and Allergy Research.