Systems Medicine of Community Acquired Pneumonia

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Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) is considered to be one of the most important infectious diseases in the world. The mortality risk of this infection is very high.

However, despite this significant health and socio-economic importance reliable data concerning pathogen spectrums and antibiotic resistance patterns as well as the disease courses were largely lacking.


In 2001 the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) identified the need for comprehensive and coordinated research in this field and therefore initiated the excellence network for CAP.

This network aims at decreasing the disease burden of CAP. In order to achieve this diagnostics, therapy and patient care have to be improved.

CAPNETZ connects clinical, microbiological and basic research aspects in order to gain new CAP pathogenesis knowledge focusing on pathogen-host interaction. CAPNETZ networks medical doctors, microbiologists, virologists, epidemiologists and computer scientists. Leading research facilities in Germany are cooperating within CAPNETZ. All the clinical and biological data are stored in a central material and data bank. In May 2012 nearly 10,000 patients had been included. Thus, CAPNETZ has the most comprehensive Community Acquired Pneumonia database worldwide.