Leibniz Center Infection (LCI)

The HPI works closely with its neighboring Leibniz institutes, the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) and the Research Center Borstel - Leibniz Lung Center (FZB). Together they founded the Leibniz Center Infection (LCI) to strategically ally the complementary areas of the three Leibniz Institutes.
The LCI alliance strengthens infectious disease research in Hamburg and Northern Germany by combining over 200 years of excellent infectious disease research and pooling regional competencies and exchanges with international as well as surrounding scientific institutions and universities.

The FZB’s research on tuberculosis and the BNI’s research on malaria complement the HPI’s research to cover the world’s most infectious diseases. The FZB investigates infections caused by bacterial pathogens of the lung with an emphasis is on tuberculosis pathogens and pneumococci that are closely related to the pulmonary aspects of HPI’s investigations into influenza viruses. Between the HPI and the BNI there are overlaps in the area of emerging infections that are usually of viral origin and whose study often requires BSL-4 safety conditions, as offered by the BNI.

The LCI institutes benefit from the combined expertise and proximity of their partner institutions, particularly in the implementation of new collaborations and joint doctoral theses, the continued development of the joint LCI graduate school Model systems for infectious diseases, including a joint LCI curriculum, the organization of the annual international LCI Symposium and the joint use of the LCI institutes’ unique infrastructures.