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Antibiotic Research: Problems and Perspectives

Since the introduction of penicillin in the 1940s, antibiotics have become one of the cornerstones of modern medicine. They are the foundation for the treatment of bacterial infections in humans as well as animals. However, two developments are making it more and more difficult to treat bacterial infections successfully. On the one hand, in recent years there has been an increasing number of antibiotic-resistant pathogens, both in human medicine as well as veterinary medicine. On the other hand, the number of new antibiotics developed since the 1970s has steadily decreased.

The Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina have initiated a joint working group to prepare a statement on this subject. The publication was presented to the public on January 28, 2013 in Hamburg.

Institutions

  • Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg (responsibility)
  • German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

Spokesperson of the Working Group

  • Prof. Dr. Ansgar W. Lohse, Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Member of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg, Chairman of the working group Infection research and society of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Hacker, President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Halle (Saale)/Berlin

Members

  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Fleischer, Member of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg, Member of the Leopoldina, Member of the Board of Directors Bernhard-Nocht-Institut für Tropenmedizin, Hamburg, Institut für Immunologie, Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Hecker, Member of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg, Member of the Leopoldina, Institut für Mikrobiologie, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Heesemann, Member of the Leopoldina, Max von Pettenkofer-Institut für Hygiene und Medizinische Mikrobiologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Prof. Dr. Dirk Heinz, Scientific Director, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung Braunschweig
  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Kräusslich, Member of the Leopoldina, Department für Infektiologie, Virologie, Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg
  • Prof. Dr. Chris Meier, Member of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg, Institut für Chemie, Universität Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas C. Mettenleiter, Member of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg, Member of the Leopoldina, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Greifswald – Insel Riems
  • Prof. Dr. Heimo Reinitzer, President of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Werner Solbach, Member of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg, Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Hygiene, Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein, Lübeck
  • Prof. Dr. Norbert Suttorp, Member of the Leopoldina, Medizinische Klinik mit Schwerpunkt Infektiologie und Pneumologie, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Zabel, Member of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg, Medical Director Medizinische Klinik Borstel, Forschungszentrum Borstel

CONTACT

Leopoldina

Dr. Kathrin Happe

Scientific officer, Deputy Head of Department

Phone 0345 - 47 239 - 862
Fax 0345 - 47 239 - 839
E-Mail kathrin.happe @leopoldina.org