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Max von Pettenkofer-Institute

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The Max von Pettenkofer-Institute for Hygiene and Medical Microbiology of LMU Munich comprises the Chair of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology and the Chair of Virology. In addition to Research and Teaching (for students of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Biology) the Institute carries out microbiological laboratory testing for hospitals and medical practices as well as hygienic-microbiological testing for quality management in clinical institutions.

Focus of Research

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The research at the Chair of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology focusses on 1. bacterial infections of the gastrointestinal tract (Helicobacter pylori, Campylobacter jejuni/coli, Salmonella), 2. the intestinal microbiome and its role in health and disease including the protection against infections, and 3. innovative diagnostics of infections, at the chair of Virology Adeno,- Herpes- und Cytomegaloviruses [read more ...]

Diagnostics

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The diagnostics department carries out any kind of laboratory analyses. Very often we use techniques which are not commercially available and which we apply in high-risk groups, e.g. in patients after transplantations.

Hygiene

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Hygienic-microbiological testing is carried out for quality assurance in medical institutions according to the regulations of hospital hygiene and infection prevention. In particular our Institute is responsible for the hygienic health care in the Munich University Hospital. Accredited as examination center according to § 15 drinking water ordinance we also examine water samples.