Corona pandemic: Institute is in minimal operation and works on Covid-19 diagnostics
After a first confirmed Covid-19 infection of one of our staff members on March 21, the institute reduced its operation to the absolute minimum. Since mid-March, the majority of staff have been working from home. In this way, we want to minimize the infection risk and contain the spread of the virus. All events and seminars are canceled until the end of April, the canteen is closed. Business trips have been prohibited since 9 March. Important units such as Animal Facility and Building Services are in emergency operation.
Only research is conducted at the institute that that contributes to coping with the pandemic:
At the institute, only research is still being carried out with which we want to contribute to overcoming the pandemic: The teams headed by Patrick Cramer, Dirk Görlich, and Henning Urlaub at the MPI-BPC are currently working together with other scientists from the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG), the University of Göttingen, and other institutions in the CoV2DiaNetGÖ network of the Göttingen Campus to develop and expand diagnostic procedures for Covid-19 infections. The network is lead by Uwe Groß and Michael Weig of the Institute of Medical Microbiology of the UMG. The test capacities there will be considerably expanded so that as many patients as possible can be tested. Each participating research group contributes laboratory equipment, devices and above all individual expertise in order to achieve success as quickly as possible and help the society in these difficult times.
Nevertheless, also our other research continues: All theoretical groups can conduct research from home without any restrictions. Scientists who normally work in the laboratory are currently focusing on literature research, preparing projects, or writing publications and keep in contact via messenger apps, e-mail, and video tools.
The gate may still be reached by calling 0551 201-0.