Central African Infectious Disease and
Epidemics Research Alliance

Central African Infectious Disease and Epidemics Research Alliance

Fostering research collaboration

A tailored multi-format training and research programme on emerging and re-emerging viral, bacterial and parasitic infectious diseases

Duration: 01.05.2021 to 31.10.2025


Prof. Steffen Borrmann
Institute for Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine


Who we are

Who we are

The core consortium conducting CAIDERA is composed of the University of Tübingen, the Centre de Recherches Médicale de Lambaréné (CERMEL) and the Pasteur Institute/Institut Pasteur International Network. We propose to structure, conduct and deliver together, a tailored multi-format training and research programme on emerging and re-emerging viral, bacterial and parasitic infectious diseases, centred on the one health concept and with the aim to foster research capacity and collaboration in the predominantly francophone Central African region.

Qui nous sommes

Recherches Médicales de Lambaréné (CERMEL) et du Reseau International de l'Institut Pasteur. Nous proposons de structurer, de conduire et de délivrer ensemble un programme de formation et de recherche multi-forme sur les maladies infectieuses virales, bactériennes et parasitaires émergentes et ré-émergentes, centré sur le concept d'une seule santé et dans le but d'encourager le development de la capacité de la recherche et de la collaboration dans la région d'Afrique centrale, essentiellement francophone.

Prof. Dr. med. Steffen Borrmann

Institute for Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine


Prof. Dr. Samuel Wagner

Vice Dean – Digital Science & Junior Academics and Dept. of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine


Prof. Dr. Ayola A. Adegnika



Prof. Dr. Monica Sala

Institut Pasteur Paris


Prof. Dr. Kathleen Victoir

Institut Pasteur International Network


Prof. Dr. Françine Ntoumi



  • Centre de Recherches Médicales de Lambaréné (CERMEL), Gabon
  • Central Africa Clinical Research Network (CANTAM)
  • Universite des Sciences en Santé, Libreville, Gabon
  • Institut Pasteur, France


Our objectives

Specifically, we aim to consolidate our existing internationally recognised strengths in infectious disease research and regional networking and to amplify their impact by establishing a unique in the region, internationally competitive infectious disease M.Sc. programme tailored to the specific capacity building needs of Central African countries. This will be complemented by an interdisciplinary sandwich Ph.D. programme addressing socio- economic, social science, antimicrobial resistance and one health research questions and two massive open online courses (MOOCs) on emerging and re-emerging viral diseases and pandemic preparedness to reach up to 1,000 health care trainees and health care professionals in Central African countries.

Nos objectifs

Plus précisément, nous souhaitons consolider nos forces existantes, reconnues au niveau international, en matière de recherche sur les maladies infectieuses et de mise en réseau régionale, et amplifier leur impact en créant un programme de Master en maladies infectieuses unique dans la région, compétitif au niveau international et adapté aux besoins spécifiques de renforcement des capacités des pays d'Afrique centrale. Ce programme sera complété par un programme interdisciplinaire de doctorat en alternance portant sur des questions de recherche socio-économiques, de sciences sociales, de résistance antimicrobienne et de santé publique, ainsi que par des cours massifs ouverts en ligne (MOOC) sur les maladies virales émergentes et réémergentes et sur la préparation aux pandémies, afin de toucher jusqu'à 1 000 stagiaires et professionnels de la santé dans les pays d'Afrique centrale.

Ongoing projects

Ph.D. research projects

  • Ongoing until 2025

    Hepatitis E epidemiology in Guinea: a One Health Paradigm example

    This projects runs at Institut Pasteur de Guinea

  • Ongoing until 2025

    The assembly of a virulence-associated Salmonella type III secretion system

    This project runs at the Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine of the University of Tübingen

  • Ongoing until 2025

    Social media in the context of infectious diseases in Western Grass-fields of Cameroon: case study of Covid 19

    This project runs at the Institute of Asian and oriental Studies Ethnology, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Tübingen.

  • Ongoing until 2025

    Numerical skills and behavioural aspects of malaria control

    This project is ongoing at the department of Economics of the University of Tübingen. The aim is to explore how economic status influences health seeking behaviour.

  • Ongoing until 2025

    The dynamics of Plasmodium malariae infection in a new model of humanised mice

    This project is a collaboration between Institut Pasteur de Paris, the Centre de Recherches Medicales de Lambaréné (CERMEL) Gabon, and the University of Tübingen.


  • 2023

    Expert Seminar in Emerging Viral Diseases

    This seminar will bring together experts from across Central Africa to discuss this crucial topic of emerging viruses and come up with a proposal on a common project that can be carried out collaboratively.

    The event took place from December 13-15 in Lambaréné.

  • 2023

    CAIDERA Research Conference and pre-conference workshop, October 02 to 03

    CAIDERA is organizing a 2-day research conference in Centre de Recherches Medicales de Lambaréné (CERMEL) Gabon on 02 - 03 of October. The conference will bring together young researchers from the Central African Sub-region to share their work and network. This conference will be preceded by a 2-day pre-conference workshop on antibiotic resistance and stewardship.

  • 2023

    Workshop Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship

    The workshop is designed to provide scientists with a thorough comprehension of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) within the realms of One Health research.

    It took place from December 11-12 in Lambaréné.

  • 2023

    Master of Science in Infection Biology and Control

    CAIDERA in collaboration with the University of Tübingen and the Centre de Recherches Medicales de Lambaréné (CERMEL) Gabon, will be launching in October a new Master's programme in Infection Biology and Control. This Master's programme is based at the Medical Faculty of the University of Tübingen and the study location is entirely CERMEL Gabon. A cohort of 20 students will be retained for the programme every 2 years. This will ensure proper follow-up of each student and small group work for the different module.

    The programme is open to non-EU citizens only and the study language is English.

    Application deadline is 31 May 2023. Requirements for admission to the programme are:

    At least a Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or related field

    A B2 level English certificate and an A2 level French certificate

    More information can be found following the link below


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