Kliniken & Institute … Institute Zentrum für… Sektion Klinische… Über uns Mitarbeiter Thomas Junghanss





Section Clinical Tropical Medicine

Department of Infectious Diseases

Heidelberg University Hospital



Married to Dr med Bettina Gonon-Junghanss

Two children, Julia und Jakob


Internal Medicine Subspecialities: Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease








University of Heidelberg / Germany

apl. Professor


Tropical Medicine

University of Heidelberg / Germany



Tropical Medicine

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London/UK and University of London



Public Health

University of Göttingen / Germany

MD (Dr. med.)



University of Göttingen / Germany and

University of Reading / UK






Focus of research and training

Diagnosis and treatment of neglected tropical / infectious diseases, in particular, cystic and alveolar echinococcosis, Buruli ulcer, epidemic bacterial meningitis, dengue fever and snake bite envenoming. Cooperation with partner institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, SE Asia and Latin America. The principle approach is multidisciplinary with the aim of translating research findings into clinical practice.

Professional development

1997-present Research fellow (2/2019 - ), Head (2003 – 12/2018), senior registrar (1997-2003) of the Section of Clinical Tropical Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases, Heidelberg University Hospital

Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease consultant to the University Hospital

2010 apl. Professor Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg

2007 Habilitation at the University of Heidelberg (“Evidence-based algorithms for treating envenomings and

1994 – 1995: Sabbatical at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. MSc Course Public Health in

Developing Countries, University of London; MSc thesis: ”Synthesising mathematical modelling, field

epidemiology, clinical and laboratory sciences in lymphatic filariasis”

1988 – 1997: Senior Registrar (1991 – 97), SHO (1988 – 91) at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (SwissTPH), Basle

1986 – 1988: SHO at St. Joseph’s Hospital Anchal / South India. Visiting doctor at the School of Tropical

Medicine, Calcutta, and at the leprosy hospital, Chettipatty / South India.

1989: Medical Doctorate, University of Göttingen / Germany („Distribution of Toxoplasma gondii in

Kerala / South India: diagnostics, epidemiology and ecology of the parasite“)

1980 – 1986: Clinical training in Germany and UK

1973 – 1980: Medical School, University Hospital Göttingen / Germany

1969 – 1973: Geology at University of Göttingen / Germany and University of Reading / UK


Teaching and postgraduate training

Medical students at Heidelberg University Hospital (Infectious Diseases / Tropical Medicine);

International MSc students (HCMTC course at SwissTPH)

Postgraduate training of medical doctors: Internal Medicine, Tropical Medicine, Infectious Diseases

Continuous training of General Practitioners / Physicians / Occupational Medicine Physicians (prevention and treatment of infectious / tropical diseases in tropical regions and resource poor settings)


Research collaborations and research projects 2003-present, coordinated by our unit, Section Clinical Tropical Medicine, Heidelberg [coordinators in brackets]

Past projects

Cystic echinococcosis

  • Clinical Trial Planning Grant: Phase II clinical trial of stage specific treatment of cystic echinococcosis (EchinoTrial) [T Junghanss]

Partners Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA, Universitá degli studi di Pavia, Italy, University of Berne, Switzerland;

Funding: NIH (total budget: 118.500 €)

  • From country level to a pan-European perspective: a coordinated approach to controlling cystic echinococcosis (EchinoNET) [T Junghanss]

Partners: University of Bielefeld, Germany University of Pavia, Italy, Universidade Nova de Lisboa , Portugal Consejeria de Salud y Servicios Sociales, Spain, Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, Morocco, Ibn Sina University Hospital, Morocco, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Université Mentouri, Algeria, Yarmouk University, Jordan, National School of Veterinary Medicine Tunisia, Hacettepe University, Turkey

Funding: EU-FP6 (total budget: 427.000 €)

  • Efficacy of benzimidazoles based on individual patient data - a multicentre study (EchinoMEDREV) [M Stojkovic]

Partners: University of Berne, Switzerland, Colentina Teaching Hospital, Romania, Hacettepe Medical University Hospital, Turkey, Hacettepe Children’s Hospital, Turkey, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, Xinjang Medical University, P. R. China, Xinjiang Medical College, P. R. China, Life Sciences Network, UK, University General Hospital “Αttikon”, Greece, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, Azienda Ospedaliera “V.CERVELLO”, Italy, University Hospital “St. I. Rilski”, Bulgaria

Funding: Internal Funding Sources

Buruli Ulcer

  • Phase change material to treat Buruli ulcer through heat treatment (Clinical trial) [T Junghanss]
  • Modification of host – pathogen interaction in Mycobacterium ulcerans disease (BU) through heat treatment: basic mechanisms and clinical applications [T Junghanss]

Partners: Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana, Fairmed/ Cameroon, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basle, Switzerland

Funding: Volkswagen Foundation (total budget: 956.000 €)

  • From Buruli anti-mycobacterial treatment to Ulcer wound healing: A prospective evaluation of clinical and laboratory parameters to distinguish mycobacterial disease, paradoxical reaction and secondary bacterial infection for targeted treatment [T Junghanss]

Partners: Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana, Fairmed/ Cameroon, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basle, Switzerland

Funding: Volkswagen Foundation (total budget: 396.900 €)

Dengue Fever

  • Towards sustainable DENgue COntrol (DENCO) [T Jaenisch; Section Clinical Tropical Medicine, Heidelberg]

Partners: Molecular Virology, Department of Infectious Diseases, Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium, TDR/WHO, Switzerland, Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health, Thailand, San Lazaro Hospital, Philippines, Hospital for Tropical Diseases and Paediatrics, Vietnam, University of Malaya, Malaysia, Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela, Instituto Pedro Kouri, Cuba, Ministry of Health, Nicaragua

Funding: EU-FP7 (total budget: 2.500.000 €)

  • International Research Consortium on Dengue Risk Assessment, Management, and Surveillance (IDAMS) [T Jaenisch; Section Clinical Tropical Medicine, Heidelberg]

Partners: Oxford University, UK, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK, Fondazione per l’Istituto di Ricerca in Biomedicina, Switzerland, World Health Organization - Special Programme for Training and Research in Tropical Diseases (WHO), University of Malaya Medical Center, Malaysia, University Gadjah Madah, Indonesia, Angkor Hospital for Children, Cambodia, Instituto Pedro Kouri, Cuba, Hospital National de Ninos Benjamin Bloom, El Salvador, Fundacao Universidade Estadual do Ceara, Brazil, INDEPTH-network (INDEPTH) Ghana, Red Cross / Red Crescent Climate Centre, Netherlands

Funding: EU-FP7 (total budget: 6.000.000 €)


Collaboration with CRSN Nouna / Burkina Faso of the Special Research Focus (SFB 544) [T Junghanss]

Control of tropical infectious diseases

Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG) (total budget: 564.100 €)

Centers of Excellence for Promoting Future Leaders in Africa

  • ACBRIDGE - bridging academic institutions: PhD program / Doctorial program in cooperation with the University of Ghana [T Junghanss]

Partners: School of Public Health / University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (SwissTPH), Basle, Switzerland, Department Public Health, University of Bielefeld, Germany

Funding: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (total budget: 1.967.000 €)

Tuberculosis in migrant populations

  • Transmission dynamics of pulmonary tuberculosis between autochthonous and immigrant sub-populations [T Junghanss]

Partners: National TB Reference Centre Borstel, Robert-Koch-Institute, Berlin; Regional Public Health Centers, Institute of Public Health, Heidelberg; Germany

Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG) (total budget: 200.000 €)

Epidemic bacterial meningitis

  • Meningococcal meningitis in sub-Saharan Africa: from the understanding of the dynamics of colonization and disease patterns to improved control [T Junghanss]

Partners: Nouna Health Research Centre (CRSN), Burkina Faso, Navrongo Health Research Centre (NHRC), Ghana, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (SwissTPH), Basle, Switzerland

Funding: Volkswagen Foundation (total budget: 740.000 €)


Ongoing projects

Buruli Ulcer and Wound Management

  • Treat early and broad: thermotherapy of Buruli ulcer integrated into WHO-recommended wound management in West Africa

[M Stojkovic, T Junghanss]

Partners: Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS), Adiopodoumé, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire,

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (SwissTPH), Basle, Switzerland

Funding: Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation (total budget: 467.000 €)


Diagnosis and treatment of envenoming and poisoning


  • ZikaAlliance [Pasteur Institute Paris]

Our unit leads the work package on “Clinical Science” and coordinate the activities with regard to the large multicentre cohort studies [T Jaenisch; Section Clinical Tropical Medicine, Heidelberg]

52 Partners in Europe, Latin and North America, Africa, Asia and Islands in the Pacific Ocean

Funding: EU - Horizon 2020 (total budget: 10.000.000 €; WP Clinical Science 1.130.000 €)


National and International responsibilities

  • Editor of the Journal "Tropical Medicine & International Health” (since 1996)
  • Editor of Manson’s Tropical Diseases, 23rd ed (2014), Editors: Farrar J, Hotez P, Junghanss T, Kang G, Lalloo D, White NJ
  • Chair (since 2016) of the WHO Informal Working Group on Echinococcosis (WHO-IWGE)
  • Member of the WHO Snakebite envenoming (SBE) Working Group (since 2018)
  • Past President (2010/11) of the Federation of the European Societies for Tropical Medicine and International Health (FESTMIH
  • Member of the clinical guideline committee of the German Society of Tropical Medicine and International Health
  • (DTG)


Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande) awarded for Tropical Medicine 2016

Selected references (2013 – 2019)


Standardized endocystectomy technique for surgical treatment of uncomplicated hepatic cystic echinococcosis. Al-Saeedi M, Khajeh E, Hoffmann K, Ghamarnejad O, Stojkovic M, Weber TF, Golriz M, Strobel O, Junghanss T, Büchler MW, Mehrabi A. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2019 Jun 21;13(6):e0007516. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0007516. eCollection 2019 Jun.

Strategy for a globally coordinated response to a priority neglected tropical disease: Snakebite envenoming. Williams DJ, Faiz MA, Abela-Ridder B, Ainsworth S, Bulfone TC, Nickerson AD, Habib AG, Junghanss T, Fan HW, Turner M, Harrison RA, Warrell DA. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2019 Feb 21;13(2):e0007059. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0007059. eCollection 2019 Feb. No abstract available.

Psychological burden and resilience factors in patients with Alveolar Echinococcosis - A cross-sectional study.

Nikendei C, Greinacher A, Berkunova A, Junghanss T, Stojkovic M. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2019 Jan 7;13(1):e0007082. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0007082. eCollection 2019 Jan.


Patients with cystic echinococcosis in the three national referral centers of Mongolia: A model for CE management assessment. Bold B, Hattendorf J, Shagj A, Tserendovdon B, Ayushkhuu T, Luvsandorj A, Zinsstag J, Junghanss T.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2018 Aug 9;12(8):e0006686. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0006686. eCollection 2018 Aug.

Clinical management of cystic echinococcosis: state of the art and perspectives. Stojković M, Weber TF, Junghanss T.

Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2018 Oct;31(5):383-392. doi: 10.1097/QCO.0000000000000485.

Stojkovic M, Müller J, Junghanss T, Weber TF. Radiological Diagnoses in the Context of Emigration: Infectious diseases. Rofo. 2018 Feb;190 (2):121-133. doi: 10.1055/s-0043-120764. Epub 2017 Nov 3. Review. Erratum in: Rofo. 2018 Feb;190(2):e1.

Addison NO, Pfau S, Koka E, Aboagye SY, Kpeli G, Pluschke G, Yeboah-Manu D, Junghanss T (2017) Assessing and Managing Wounds of Buruli Ulcer Patients at the Primary and Secondary Health Care Levels in Ghana. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017 Feb 28;11(2):e0005331. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005331. eCollection 2017 Feb.

Stojkovic M, Rosenberger KD, Steudle F, Junghanss T (2016) Watch and Wait Management of Inactive Cystic Echinococcosis - Does the Path to Inactivity Matter - Analysis of a Prospective Patient Cohort.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis; 10(12):e0005243. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005243. eCollection 2016.

Ruf MT, Bolz M, Vogel M, Bayi PF, Bratschi MW, Sopho GE, Yeboah-Manu D, Um Boock A, Junghanss T, Pluschke G (2016) Spatial Distribution of Mycobacterium ulcerans in Buruli Ulcer Lesions: Implications for Laboratory Diagnosis. PLoS Negl Trop Dis; 10(6):e0004767. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004767. eCollection 2016.

Rosenberger KD, Lum L, Alexander N, Junghanss T, Wills B, Jaenisch T (2016) DENCO Clinical Study Group. Vascular leakage in dengue--clinical spectrum and influence of parenteral fluid therapy

Trop Med Int Health; 21: 445-53. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12666. Epub 2016 Feb 3.

Stojkovic M, Junghanss T, Veeser M, Weber TF, Sauer P (2016) Endoscopic Treatment of Biliary Stenosis in Patients with Alveolar Echinococcosis--Report of 7 Consecutive Patients with Serial ERC Approach. PLoS Negl Trop Dis; 10(2):e0004278. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004278. eCollection 2016.

Vogel M, Bayi PF, Ruf MT, Bratschi MW, Bolz M, Um Boock A, Zwahlen M, Pluschke G, Junghanss T (2016) Local Heat Application for the Treatment of Buruli Ulcer: Results of a Phase II Open Label Single Center Non Comparative Clinical Trial. Clin Infect Dis; 62(3):342-50. doi: 10.1093/cid/civ883. Epub 2015 Oct 20.

Mueller J, Stojkovic M, Berger AK, Rosenberger KD, Schlett CL, Kauczor HU, Junghanss T, Weber TF (2016) How to not miss alveolar echinococcosis in hepatic lesions suspicious for cholangiocellular carcinoma. Abdom Radiol (NY); 41: 221-30. doi: 10.1007/s00261-015-0561-2.

Deplazes P, Gottstein B, Junghanss T (2016) Alveolar and cystic echinococcosis in Europe: Old burdens and new challenges. Vet Parasitol; 213:73-5. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2015.08.001. Epub 2015 Aug 4.

Bolz M, Bratschi MW, Kerber S, Minyem JC, Um Boock A, Vogel M, Bayi PF, Junghanss T, Brites D, Harris SR, Parkhill J, Pluschke G, Lamelas Cabello A (2015) Locally Confined Clonal Complexes of Mycobacterium ulcerans in Two Buruli Ulcer Endemic Regions of Cameroon. PLoS Negl Trop Dis; 9(6):e0003802. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003802. eCollection 2015

Eckerle I, Kapaun A, Junghanss T, Schnitzler P, Drosten C, Jänisch T (2015) Dengue virus serotype 3 infection in traveler returning from West Africa to Germany. Emerg Infect Dis; 1:175-7. doi: 10.3201/eid2101.141145.

Jeremy Farrar & Peter Hotez & Thomas Junghanss & Gagandeep Kang & David Lalloo & Nicholas J. White (2014) Manson's Tropical Diseases, 23rd Edition, Expert Consult; Saunders (W.B.) Co Ltd, 978-0-7020-5101-2 (ISBN)

Junghanss T, Johnson RC, Pluschke G (2014) Section 8, Chapter 42: Mycobacterium ulcerans Disease

Manson's Tropical Diseases, 23rd Edition, Saunders (W.B.) Co Ltd, 978-0-7020-5101-2 (ISBN)


Stojković M, Gottstein B, Junghanss T (2014) Section 10, Chapter 56: Echinococcosis

Manson's Tropical Diseases, 23rd Edition, Saunders (W.B.) Co Ltd, 978-0-7020-5101-2 (ISBN)

Jaenisch T, Junghanss T, Wills B, Brady OJ, Eckerle I, Farlow A, Hay SI, McCall PJ, Messina JP, Ofula V, Sall AA, Sakuntabhai A, Velayudhan R, Wint GR, Zeller H, Margolis HS, Sankoh O; Dengue in Africa Study Group (2014) Dengue expansion in Africa-not recognized or not happening? Emerg Infect Dis; 20(10). doi: 10.3201/eid2010.140487.

Eckerle I, Rosenberger KD, Zwahlen M, Junghanss T (2013) Serologic vaccination response after solid organ transplantation: a systematic review. PLoS One; 8(2):e56974. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0056974. Epub 2013 Feb 22.

Farrar JJ, Hien TT, Horstick O, Hung NT, Jaenisch T, Junghanss T, Kroeger A, Laksono IS, Lum L, Martinez E, Simmons CP, Tami A, Tomashek KM, and Wills BA (2013) Perspective Piece - Dogma in Classifying Dengue Disease. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg; 89(2), 2013, pp. 198–201, doi:10.4269/ajtmh.13-0157

Huber CA, Pflüger V, Hamid AW, Forgor AA, Hodgson A, Sié A, Junghanss T, Pluschke G (2013)

Lack of antigenic diversification of major outer membrane proteins during clonal waves of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup A colonization and disease. Pathog Dis; 67(1):4-10. doi: 10.1111/2049-632X.12000. Epub 2012 Nov 28.

Grandgirard D, Gäumann R, Coulibaly B, Dangy JP, Sie A, Junghanss T, Schudel H, Pluschke G, Leib SL (2013) The causative pathogen determines the inflammatory profile in cerebrospinal fluid and outcome in patients with bacterial meningitis. Mediators Inflamm; 312476. doi: 10.1155/2013/312476. Epub 2013 Jun 20.

R. Koschny, T. Junghanss, A. Mischnik, M. Karner, M. Kreuter, W. Roth, W. Stremmel, U. Merle (2013)

Development of Miliary Tuberculosis under Infliximab in a Patient with Spondyloarthritis and Suspected Crohn’s Disease. Z Gastroenterol; 51:1177–1183, DOI dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0033-1350372

Stojkovic M, Junghanss T (2013) Cystic and alveolar echinococcosis. Handb Clin Neurol. 2013;114:327-34. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-53490-3.00026-1. Hector H. Garcia, Herbert B. Tanowitz and Oscar H. Del Brutto, (Eds)

Junghanss T, Bodio M (2013) www.vapaguide.info