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Status: 06.06.2020 16:06:45

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Questions and answers about nutrition, immune defence and the coronavirus

In the current pandemic, we observe a growing interest in the issue of immunity and health. At the same time, there has been a lot of misinformation surrounding nutrition, immune defense and COVID-19. Currently, there is no evidence that food can "boost" our immune system in a way that protects us from the coronavirus. In search of scientifically sound assessments, we spoke with nutritionist and epidemiologist Dr. Krasimira Aleksandrova.

[...] more  (For the time being, the interview is only available in German. The English version will follow as soon as possible.)


Coronavirus: Current information

As of: 5. June 2020

We will return to a secure normal operation, i. e. the research departments and groups will gradually resume their work. In doing so, they shall observe all safety measures and official guidelines to ensure that SARS CoV-2 is further contained or the infection rates will not rise again.

In general, the following measures still apply at the DIfE:

For external canteen guests:
The DIfE canteen is now open to external guests from 12:45 pm to 2 pm on Mon-Fri. Please adhere to the hygiene rules.

For study participants:
Human studies are still not taking place at the DIfE for the time being. The resumption of the work of the “NAKO-Studienzentrum" in Berlin Steglitz will take place in coordination with and according to the guidelines of the NAKO e. V. Test persons will be contacted in good time by the respective study managers.

For suppliers:
Deliveries are accepted between 8 and 15 o’clock at the receipt of goods.

For those interested in visitor workshops:
Workshops will not take place until further notice. Interested parties can contact the colleagues in the press and public relations department at or Tel: +49 (0)33200 88-2335 but you are welcome to leave your contact details. We will get back to you as soon as an appointment can be made again.

For employees:
You will receive detailed information on the current situation regularly via your business e-mail address and the intranet.

Current information will be announced here.

Many thanks for your understanding and keep well!

Prof. Tilman Grune & Dr. Birgit Schröder-Smeibidl
(DIfE Board)

German Institute of Human Nutrition

The mission of the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke (DIfE) is to conduct experimental and clinical research in the field of nutrition and health. Scientists at the DIfE pursue these scientific goals by interdisciplinary cooperation comprising a broad spectrum of experimental, medical and epidemiological methods.

Therefore the researchers focus on three areas:

The aim is to understand the molecular basis of nutrition-dependent diseases, and to develop new strategies for prevention, treatment, and nutritional recommendations.

DIfE is an independent foundation and member of the Leibniz Association, an alliance of scientific institutions.

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