Christian Thöns

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Foodborne disease outbreaks of recent years demonstrate that due to increasingly interconnected supply chains these type of crisis situations have the potential to affect thousands of people, leading to significant healthcare costs, loss of revenue for food companies, and--in the worst cases--death. When a disease outbreak is detected, identifying the(More)
Since the 2001 anthrax attack in the United States, awareness of threats originating from bioterrorism has grown. This led internationally to increased research efforts to improve knowledge of and approaches to protecting human and animal populations against the threat from such attacks. A collaborative effort in this context is the extension of the(More)
Dengue is a major international public health concern and impacts one-third of the world's population. No specific vaccine and treatment are available for this vector-borne disease. There are four similar but distinct serotypes of dengue viruses (DENV). Infection with one serotype affords life-long immunity to that serotype but only temporary partial(More)
FoodChain-Lab is modular open-source software for trace-back and trace-forward analysis in food-borne disease outbreak investigations. Development of FoodChain-Lab has been driven by a need for appropriate software in several food-related outbreaks in Germany since 2011. The software allows integrated data management, data linkage, enrichment and(More)
Transferring the knowledge of predictive microbiology into real world food manufacturing applications is still a major challenge for the whole food safety modelling community. To facilitate this process, a strategy for creating open, community driven and web-based predictive microbial model repositories is proposed. These collaborative model resources could(More)
In case of contamination in the food chain, fast action is required in order to reduce the numbers of affected people. In such situations, being able to predict the fate of agents in foods would help risk assessors and decision makers in assessing the potential effects of a specific contamination event and thus enable them to deduce the appropriate(More)
Im Rahmen seines gesetzlichen Auftrags ist das Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR) unter anderem mit der Frage befasst, wie sich Zoonoseerreger entlang globalisierter Lebensmittelwarenketten ausbreiten. Diese Frage ist insbesondere in Krisensituationen des Lebensmittelsektors von besonderer Relevanz, da die fortschreitende Globalisierung auch(More)
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