Infections within the cardiovascular system – pathophysiology, therapy and diagnosis

Institution: Institute of Infection Medicine and Hospital Hygiene and Dept. of Cardiac and Thorax Surgery, Jena University Hospital, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Applicants: Prof. Dr. Mathias W. Pletz, Prof. Dr. Torsten Doenst
Funding line:
Else Kröner Research Schools
Bacterial infections in the cardiovascular system are the subject matter of the Else Kröner Graduate Research Program IKARUS at Jena University Hospital.

Bacterial infections in the cardiovascular system occur in natural and artificial heart valves or pacemakers. They are becoming more frequent due to the ageing population and medical progress. In addition, they are difficult to treat as the bacteria adhere to the surfaces of foreign bodies and are protected against antibiotics and the immune system by mucus-like layers known as biofilms. The IKARUS research centre aims to contribute to new diagnostic and therapeutic concepts and to qualify young doctors to work on these important issues. Jena University Hospital, with its many years of experience in the field of infection medicine and septicaemia (blood poisoning), offers excellent conditions for this.

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