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Male Infertility and Urogenital Infections (MIBIE)

Duration: January 1st, 2011 through 2014

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weidner
Urological Clinic
Rudolf-Buchheim-Str. 7
35392 Giessen

Tel.: 0641 985-44500
        0641 985-44501 (Secretary)
Fax: 0641 985-44509


Short Description:

The LOEWE focus group MIBIE is being funded from 2011-2013 with approx. 4.3 million Euros by the State of Hessen. Justus Liebig University Giessen is spearheading the group and is in cooperation with the Philipps University Marburg and the University of Applied Sciences Giessen-Friedberg. Associated partners of the focus group are the Child Wish Center of Middle Hessen, the School of Veterinary Medicine Pennsylvania (USA), the Rhineland-Westphalia Technical College Aachen, and the Veterinary College Hannover.

Infections and inflammations of the male reproductive tract are relevant causes of male fertility problems.  The damage to fertility potential via pathogens is multifaceted, but the molecular pathogenesis is largely not understood.  Based on existing group funding instruments and specialized clinical treatment structures, all relevant scientific and clinical competences of the university medical schools in Giessen and Marburg in the fields of inflammatory and infectious male infertility problems should be brought together and further developed in the LOEWE focus group MIBIE.  Identifying the disease-related molecular signal paths is the central focus of the scientific concept.  Tests on the pathomechanisms of epididymitis, orchitis, and epididymoorchitis should be conducted on the molecular, cellular biological, systemic biological, and clinical levels.  The overarching goal of this transnationally oriented focus group is to combine basic research with disease-oriented research in order to develop improved diagnostic and therapeutic concepts in male infertility.