Institute of Virology of Charité
The Institue of Virology of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin belongs to the CharitéCentrum for diagnostic and preventive laboratory medicine, in short: CC 5.
On the following pages the institute and its research are presented.
In addition, information is provided on activities in the areas of diagnostics, and teaching and learning.
Greetings from Christian Drosten, Head of Institute (click here)
After a year spent relocating labs from Bonn, including moving into a historical building while it was (and still is) being refurbished, I am happy to say that it feels like we are coming out of the eclipse and getting back to work. It is great to be at the heart of the German capital, in the middle of a thriving research community and a city full of culture and history.
Being in Berlin brings many new collaborations, contacts, and opportunities – it feels good to be welcomed and involved. Our research continues to focus on emerging viruses and viral emergence – the processes in evolution and ecology that lead to the appearance of real or perceived threats from viruses.
Protection against epidemic threats is a priority in an era of connectivity and change. It is a giant challenge for society, and will have to be guided by knowledge generated by broad involvement of the research community. At one of the largest medical centres in Europe, we hope to contribute to a better understanding of processes in biology and advise countermeasures in medicine and public health.
On March 1, 2018, the German Center for Infection Research / Deutsches Zentrum für Infektionsforschung (DZIF) at Charité published a press release entitled "How reliable is diagnostic testing for Zika?". According to DZIF scientists, the "molecular diagnostic tests for the Zika virus in Brazil are not always reliable. Almost two thirds of all laboratories showed false-positive or false-negative results".