Welcome to Immuno-Epidemiology – a research group at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Bern. Our research concerns how the population biology of infectious diseases is affected by environmental changes, dynamic patterns of host immunity or public health interventions.

Sexual contact network of young heterosexual adults over a period of one year.

Sexual contact network of young heterosexual adults over a period of one year.


‘Immunoepidemiology’ combines individual- and population-oriented approaches to create new perspectives. It examines how inter-individual differences in immune responses affect the population dynamics of micro- and macro-parasites to produce the epidemiological patterns of infection observed in heterogeneous host populations.

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