Helmholtz-Institute for One Health (HIOH) in Greifswald

The Helmholtz Institute for One Health (HIOH) in Greifswald conducts research at the interface of humans, animals and the environment. Its goal is medical prevention: It is becoming increasingly clear how closely intertwined the health of farm and domestic animals is with that of their owners. Numerous pathogens can also be transmitted from wild animals to humans, as recently demonstrated by the Corona pandemic. The development of effective therapies therefore requires detailed knowledge of the ecosystem in which these animals live.

At the HIOH, scientists from the research fields of human medicine, veterinary medicine and environmental sciences are cooperating to this end. This innovative research approach is called "One Health" in the professional world and is developing extremely dynamically. 

Initiators of the HIOH are the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) and the University of Greifswald. Further research partners are the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute for Animal Health and the University Medical Center in Greifswald. 

Through the HIOH, the HZI underlines its research competence in the field of zoonoses, i.e. diseases that are caused in humans by animal pathogens.

A new institute building will be constructed on the Beitzplatz campus in Greifswald. Funding from the federal government and the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is available for this purpose.

The institute's research director is Fabian Leendertz, one of the world's leading experts on the medical risks of human-animal contact and zoonoses.

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