Helmholtz Institute for One Health
The Helmholtz Institute for One Health (HIOH) in Greifswald was founded in 2021 as a branch of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI). In close interdisciplinary cooperation with its local founding partners, the University of Greifswald, the University Medicine Greifswald, and the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut Federal Research Institute for Animal Health Greifswald-Riems, HIOH aims to explore the links between human, animal and environmental health. Our goal is to better understand zoonotic diseases, antimicrobial resistance and pathogen evolution.
In line with the One Health approach, which acknowledges that human, animal and environmental health are one inseparable whole, HIOH unites a variety of scientific disciplines and research foci under one roof. Scientists at HIOH benefit from the lively exchange within a unique network of excellent partners.
Globalization, climate change, growing human mobility, intensified livestock farming, and increasing urbanization and loss of natural habitats are the main causes of the outbreak and rapid spread of infections. Pathogens spread globally, crossing species boundaries and often developing multi-drug resistance, while the lack of therapeutics and vaccines poses a global problem. As the Corona pandemic dramatically demonstrated, our understanding of the origin and transmission of such zoonotic infections is still limited. HIOH is specifically addressing this knowledge gap, thus setting the stage for effective pandemic preparedness and prevention measures.
"The One Health concept is key to pandemic preparedness and prevention."
Prof. Dr. Fabian Leendertz
HIOH Founding Director