The Leibniz Lab "Pandemic Preparedness" addresses the most pressing questions about how to deal with future pandemics. It combines expertise from various disciplines with practical knowledge to develop evidence-based strategies that permanently strengthen the pandemic resilience of society and science.

The Leibniz Lab focuses on preparing for future pandemics by pooling the expertise of 41 Leibniz institutions. It works in four key areas: The interaction of the environment, animals and humans in relation to the emergence and spread of pathogens, reduction of physical and mental disease burden, efficient pandemic management and improving the resilience of educational systems in pandemic situations. A multi-perspective focus creates a dynamic think tank that complements other clinical and infection control initiatives and supports stakeholders from politics and society in formulating evidence-based action plans.

New respiratory pathogens are considered candidates for the next pandemic. The Leibniz Lab is therefore investigating, among other things, the potential of alternative forms of animal husbandry to reduce the risk of their transmission from animals to humans. It is also examining the existing immunity to these pathogens in the population and the mechanisms that favor severe courses of disease. The lab is using this knowledge to make urban areas and national healthcare systems more resilient to pandemics and to better support students and teachers during pandemics. Furthermore, the experts are developing strategies for effective international cooperation in preparing for and responding to future pandemics.

Participating Leibniz institutions

Prof. Gülşah Gabriel
Leibniz Institute of Virology (LIV), Hamburg
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