Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine

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Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine; (Bernhard-Nocht-Institut für Tropenmedizin) (BNI) is a medical institution based in Hamburg, Germany which is dedicated to research, treatment, training and therapy of tropical and infectious diseases.

Bernhard Nocht Institute

The body responsible for the BNI is the Federal Ministry of Health (Germany) and the Government Agency for Social Affairs, Family Affairs, Health and Environment of Hamburg.

The BNI is allied with the Kwame Nkrumah University in Ghana, where there is a laboratory complex named the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine. Today, there is a staff of approximately 400 people working in Hamburg and Kumasi combined. Presently, it is considered the most important research facility regarding tropical medicine in Europe.


On 1 October 1900 the "Institute for Maritime and Tropical Diseases" was opened in the former administration building of a naval hospital in Hamburg. Bernhard Nocht (1857-1945), a naval physician was appointed superintendent and director of the clinic. In 1942, the institute's name was changed to "Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Maritime and Tropical Diseases" in honour of Nocht's 85th birthday. In 1990 it adopted its present name.

The inpatient hospital department is since 2006 located at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.

Research contributions[edit]

The following list contains a few of the contributions made at the Bernhard Nocht Institute:[1]

Today the institute continues its research and treatment of tropical diseases, including dangerous diseases such as Lassa fever, Marburg virus, Ebola fever and leishmaniasis.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Fleischer B. A century of research in tropical medicine in Hamburg: the early history and present state of the Bernhard Nocht Institute. Trop Med Int Health. 2000 Oct;5(10):747-51.
  2. ^ Fleischer, Bernhard (July 2004). "100 years ago: Giemsa's solution for staining of plasmodia" (PDF). Tropical Medicine and International Health. Blackwell Publishing. 9 (7): 755–756. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3156.2004.01278.x. PMID 15228484. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  3. ^ Drosten, Günther; et al. "Identification of a novel coronavirus in patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome". New England Journal of Medicine. 348 (20): 1967–76. doi:10.1056/nejmoa030747. 

Fleischer B. The Bernhard Nocht Institute: 100 years of tropical medicine in Hamburg. Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz. 2000;95 Suppl 1:17-23. [1]

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Coordinates: 53°32′49″N 9°57′54″E / 53.54694°N 9.96500°E / 53.54694; 9.96500