In addition to health and welfare of food-producing animals, the protection of humans from zoonoses is a research focus of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI). While some would not expect it from the Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, zoonoses and One Health have been firmly anchored in the FLI’s work for decades. This ranges from rabies as the oldest known zoonosis to new pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2 and includes bacterial infectious diseases such as bovine tuberculosis as well as antibiotic resistance.

Labor Ghana: Laboratory training in high-throughput sequencing to identify SARS-CoV-2 mutants during a Rapidly Deployable Expert Group Health (SEEG) mission at the Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Ghana. One Health Capacity Building in the field is one of the important tasks of the FLI and its partners. Foto: Sascha Knauf, FLI

A total of 850 employees currently work at the 5 FLI sites (Braunschweig, Celle, Jena, Mariensee and Insel Riems) in Germany. The institute’s headquarters are located on the island of Riems near Greifswald in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Here, research is conducted in particular on the prevention, diagnosis and control of viral infections. Laboratories and animal houses up to the highest biosafety level 4 are available for this purpose. In Jena, basic and application-oriented research into bacterial diseases is conducted. The Institutes for Animal Welfare and Animal Husbandry in Celle, for Animal Nutrition in Braunschweig, and for Farm Animal Genetics in Mariensee also focus on classical farm animal sciences.

The FLI attaches particular importance to the close exchange between natural sciences, human and veterinary medicine in the sense of One Health. Thus, the FLI is also involved in the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) whose expertise it strengthens in the field of animal health, and plays a key role in the National Research beteiligt.

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How do you work in a laboratory and experimental animal facility of the highest biosafety level 4? Well-organized and concentrated, as our video shows: 

Headquarters Insel Riems

The headquarters of the FLI with 89 laboratories and 169 animal housing units of various biosafety levels are located on the island of Riems near Greifswald.


„By bundling the new Helmholtz Institute for One Health with the four partner organisations HZI, UG, UMG and FLI, a scientific lighthouse in this field is about to be created here in the north-east." 

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Thomas C. Mettenleiter
President of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut


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