Research work can begin at the Veterinary Medicine Centre for Resistance Research, which opened at the end of April. The FU Berlin will be the first centre in Europe to research the development of resistance in bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. The research building, designed by Gerber Architekten, enables the translation of basic scientific findings in veterinary and human medicine in the sense of the “One Health approach”.

The TZR is part of the Düppel campus in southwest Berlin, where almost all of the FU’s veterinary medicine is located in a rural area. Its cubic structure combines offices, highly technical laboratories and various animal husbandry areas on three floors and a gross floor area of 8280 m2. The new building is organised in two parts: the research-theoretical area is located in the northern zone, the laboratory and technical area in the southern zone. Among the many speakers at the ceremony were the President of the FU Berlin, Prof. Günter M. Ziegler, State Secretary Armaghan Naghipour and Senate Building Director Prof. Petra Kahlfeldt. During the opening ceremony, the President of the Robert Koch Institute, Prof. Lothar H. Wieler, was awarded the “Golden Badge of Honour of the FU Berlin”.

In the next few weeks, a red oak tree will be planted on the piazza in front of the TZR as a symbol of longevity and sustainability. Until then, the Dean of the Department of Veterinary Medicine, Prof. Uwe Rösler, and the spokesperson of the TZR, Prof. Georg von Samson-Himmelstjerna, were delighted with Prof. Eckhard Gerber’s model tree.

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