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The section Infection Research researches viruses like HIV, influenza (flu) and ebola and newly emerging viruses. Additionally, illnesses caused by bacteria and parasites are investigated.
The section Neuroscience researches the basics of cognitive performance in the central nervous system and neurodegenerative illnesses as well as control of movements and the visual perception.
Research in the section Organismic Primate Biology is focussed on evolutionary basics of social and mating systems, ecology, vocal communication, biology of stem cells, and genetics in primates.

Exhibition at the DPZ on primate research in the Amazon region

The Amazon diorama in the foyer of the DPZ introduces the exhibition visitors to the topic. Photo: Karin Tilch

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The exhibition "In the jungle" addresses the eventful history of primate research in the Amazon region and provides insight into current scientific findings on the secret lives of our South American primate relatives.

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Virtual tour around the DPZ

Aerial view of the DPZ. Photo: Stefan Rampfel

Let DPZ scientists explain their working environment to you and take a look at the laboratories of the various research fields. In the outdoor facilities you can get to know our monkeys and get an idea of the husbandry conditions.

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Quiz: Ten questions about infection research

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Figure: BioMedical / Shutterstock
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Figure: BioMedical / Shutterstock

Infection research is an important area of science. New pathogens are constantly appearing or the already known ones are changing and threatening our health. To combat them, our scientists at DPZ are researching to understand the pathogenicity mechanisms to develop new vaccines and drugs based on that knowledge. Test your knowledge in our quiz about infection research.

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