Many infectious diseases endemic in tropical countries are imported to Europe.  Knowledge on epidemiology and treatment of those infections like malaria or dengue fever is essential to design interventions for prevention and improving treatment.  Another example is Chagas disease – a poverty-related and „neglected“ infection endemic in Latin America. Due to increased migration, many people affected by Chagas disease now live in Europe and little is known about those living in Germany.

As living standars increase in developing countries, non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic lung disease become increasingly relevant as causes for morbidity and mortality.  Chronic obstructive lung disease ranks 4th in causes of death globally, but only little is known on the burden of this disease in developing countries.

The group collects and analyses data on infectious and non-infectious diseases with relevance for local and global health, and contributes actively to improving treatment for infectious and non-infectious diseases of the respiratory system, such as TB, pneumonia and chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD).

Our main areas of interest are:

  • Malaria and other imported tropical infections
  • Respiratory Health and Tuberculosis in developing countries
  • Chagas Disease
  • eHealth / mHealth

To learn more about our work, watch the video below showcasing our recent work on imported severe malaria, and find more information on the pages on the left panel.

A video-summary of our work on imported severe malaria is available on Youtube.