Prof. Dr. Christian Menge, head of the Institute of Molecular Pathogenesis (IMP) at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, possesses broad knowledge and expertise in surveillance, diagnosis, control and eradication of epizootic diseases in accordance with rules laid down in national and international animal health legislation. He has gained particular expertise in the analysis of bacterial host-interactions at mucosal surfaces of livestock. Using in vitro culture systems and homologous infection models, his group studies the immunobiology of enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC), Mycobacteria and Coxiella burnetii in their ruminant hosts.
In the framework of OASIS, the mutual aim of the two veterinary partners in the consortium, the Institute of Hygiene and Infectious Diseases of Animals (IHIT) at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen and FLI, is to provide evidence that the novel and innovative LQAS-based AMR surveillance approach can be transferred to veterinary medicine. To achieve this, FLI and IHIT will conduct a conventional AMR prevalence survey for fattening pigs (FLI) and broiler chickens (IHIT), thereby generating the AMR data needed for biomathematical simulations by other partners of the consortium.