Bettina Bandel

Press and public relations work

Welcome to the RESIST press area. My name is Bettina Bandel, I am your contact person for all questions concerning press and public relations. On this page you will find comprehensive information about our Cluster of Excellence. Just use one of the following quick links for navigation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

RESIST – Top 4 Press Releases

MHH News

A visit from Minister Falko Mohrs

Hanover, April 2024

Scientists from RESIST had the opportunity to present their research to the Minister of Science of Lower Saxony at the MHH.

Article in the HAZ

Viruses: researchers are on the trail of defence mechanisms

Hanover, 27 March 2024

Four prestigious Clusters of Excellence were launched in Hanover in 2019. What has been achieved so far?

Article in the “MHH Info”

Exciting RESIST topics in every issue

Issue 2/2024

The new MHH Info is online (in German language). In every MHH Info you will also find exciting topics about RESIST.

News from our cluster

RESIST looks into the future.

Hannover, 17.07.2023

Find out more about the election of RESIST speaker Prof. Förster, and about our new RESIST member Prof. Dölken, the SHaReD platform and much more.

This is RESIST

Description of the Cluster of Excellence RESIST

RESIST – Research to help the most vulnerable

Our goal: a better protection of particularly susceptible people from infections

Viruses and bacteria shall no longer harm people, who are particularly susceptible to infections. This is the goal of the RESIST team. RESIST aims to pave the way to better prevention, diagnosis and therapy – for example for newborn babies, the elderly, people with congenital immunodeficiency as well as those whose immune system is suppressed for therapeutic reasons. Part of RESIST are physicians who perform clinical work and who are very familiar with the situation of the patients, but also researchers who perform basic research in the lab. The acronym of the Cluster of Excellence RESIST stands for “Resolving Infection Susceptebility”.

RESIST in figures

RESIST consists of more than 50 research groups from six different partner institutions (MHH, HZI, TWINCORE, TiHo, CSSB and CCI) working on 23 projects, focusing on the human immune system and genetics, but also on a dozen pathogenic viruses and bacteria. The speaker of the Cluster of Excellence is Professor Dr. Thomas Schulz, Director of the Institute of Virology at Hannover Medical School (MHH). The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) is funding RESIST under the Germany’s Excellence Strategy from 2019 to 2025 with around 32 million euros. Current information is available at:

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