Florian Burckhardt

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myself, as seen
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Research Interests

  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Teaching infectious disease epidemiology
  • Infectious disease outbreak management

Journal Publications

  1. Burckhardt F., Kissling E. "Training for Foodborne Outbreak Investigations by Using Structured Learning Experience", Emerg Infect Dis. 2020 Jan;26(1):162-164
  2. Burckhardt I., Sebastian K., Mauder N., Kostrzewa M., Burckhardt F., Zimmermann S. "Analysis of Streptococcus pneumoniae using Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy allows prediction of capsular serotype.", Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2019 Oct;38(10):1883-1890
  3. Burckhardt F., Grunow R., Zanger P. "Oropharyngeal Tularemia from Freshly Pressed Grape Must", NEJM (2018)
  4. Burckhardt I., Horner S., Burckhardt F., Zimmermann S. "Detection of MRSA in nasal swabsmarked reduction of time to report for negative reports by substituting classical manual workflow with total lab automation", European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (2018)
  5. Enkelmann J., Böhmer M., Fingerle V., Siffczyk C., Werber D., Littmann M., Merbecks S., Helmeke C., Schroeder S., Hell S., Schlotthauer U., Burckhardt F., Stark K., Schielke A., Wilking H. "Incidence of notified Lyme borreliosis in Germany, 2013-2017.", Sci Rep. 2018 Oct 8;8(1):14976
  6. Ehlkes L., George M., Knautz D., Burckhardt F., Jahn K., Vogt M., Zanger P. "Negligible import of enteric pathogens by newly-arrived asylum seekers and no impact on incidence of notified Salmonella and Shigella infections and outbreaks in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, January 2015 to May 2016.", Euro Surveill. 2018 May;23(20)
  7. Ehlkes L., George M., Samosny G., Burckhardt F., Vogt M., Bent. P., Jahn K., Zanger P. "Management of a Lassa fever outbreak, Rhineland- Palatinate, Germany, 2016", Eurosurveillance (2017)
  8. Burckhardt I., Panitz J., Burckhardt F., Zimmermann S. "Identification of Streptococcus pneumoniae: Development of a Standardized Protocol for Optochin Susceptibility Testing Using Total Lab Automation.", Biomed Res Int. (2017)
  9. George M., Reich A., Cussler K., Jehl H., Burckhardt F."Live Cell Therapy as Potential Risk Factor for Q Fever.", Emerg Infect Dis. 2017 Jul;23(7):1210-1212
  10. Burckhardt F., Brion A., Lahm J., Koch H., Prior K., Petzold M., Harmsen D., Lück C. "Confirming Legionnaires Disease Outbreak by Genome-Based Method, Germany, 2012", Emerging Infectious Diseases (2016)
  11. Schuster M., Stelzer T., Burckhardt F. "Why are young adults affected? Estimating measles vaccination coverage in 20-34 year old germans in order to verify progress towards measles elimination.", PLoS Curr. (2015)
  12. Burckhardt I., Roemer J., Burckhardt F., Zimmermann S. "Serotyping of pneumococci: evaluation of the genetic approach and performance with clinical samples", Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis (2014)
  13. Mertens E., Kreher H., Rabsch W., Bornhofen B., Alpers K., Burckhardt F. "Severe infections caused by Salmonella Enteritidis PT8/7 linked to a private barbecue.", Epidemiol Infect. (2013)
  14. Burckhardt I., Burckhardt F., Van Der Linden M., Heeg C., Reinert RR. "Risk factor analysis for pneumococcal meningitis in adults with invasive pneumococcal infection.", Epidemiol Infect. 2010 Sep;138(9):1353-8 doi: 10.1017/S0950268809991683.
  15. Mohr O., Velasco E., Fell G., Burckhardt F., Poggensee G., Eckmanns T. "Teleconferences for national surveillance of infectious diseases and public health events in Germany. Evaluation after three quarters in 2009].", 2010 Sep;53(9):903-9 .
  16. Kamga Wambo O., Burckhardt F., Frank C., Hiller P., Wichmann-Schauer H., Zuschneid I., Hentschke J., Hitzbleck T., Contzen M., Suckau M., Stark K. "The proof of the pudding is in the eating: an outbreak of emetic Syndrome after a kindergarten excursion, Berlin, Germany, December 2007", Euro Surveill. 2011;16(15):pii=19839 .
  17. Rückinger S, van der Linden M, Reinert RR, von Kries R, Burckhardt F, Siedler A. "Reduction in the incidence of invasive pneumococcal disease after general vaccination with 7-valent pneumococcal conjugatevaccine in Germany.", Vaccine, 2009 June 24, 27:4136-41
  18. Burckhardt F., Delere Y., Wiese-Posselt M. "Impfstatus sowie Einstellung und Verhalten von Hebammen zu Impfungen - Ergebnisse einer Querschnittsstudie" (in German), Epidemiologisches Bulletin, 2008 May, 21:163-169
  19. Burckhardt F., Friedrich A., Beier D., Eckmanns T. "Clostridium difficile Surveillance Trends, Saxony, Germany", Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2008 April, 14:691-692, Manuscript 
  20. Burckhardt F., Frank C. "Salmonella-Panama-Erkrankungen: Zu einem überregionalen
    Ausbruch bei Kindern durch Minisalami-Sticks" (in German), Epidemiologisches Bulletin , 2008 Feb, 5:35-38
  21. Burckhardt F., Kissling E. "The Disease Detectives: a comic perspective on outbreak investigations", Eurosurveillance Weekly , 2007 December, 12:11
  22. Burckhardt F., Siedler A, "Invasive Erkrankungen durch Pneumokokken: Zwischenbilanz des Laborsentinels „PneumoWeb“ am RKI" (in German), Epidemiologisches Bulletin, 2007 May
  23. Burckhardt F., Siedler A, "Invasive Erkrankungen durch Pneumokokken: Laborsentinel am RKI" (in German), Epidemiologisches Bulletin, 2007 Jan
  24. Burckhardt F., Warner P., Young H. "What is the impact of change in diagnostic test method on surveillance data trends in Chlamydia trachomatis infection?", Sexually Transmitted Infections, 2006 January, 82: 24-30 (manuscript)
  25. Burckhardt F. "MOUSE (Mitochondrial and Other Useful SEquences) a compilation of population genetic markers" Bioinformatics. 2002 Jun;18(6):890-1 (manuscript)
  26. Burckhardt F., Haeseler, A., Meyer, S. "HvrBase: compilation of mtDNA control region sequences from primates", Nucleic Acids Research, 1999, Vol 27, p138-142 (manuscript)
  27. Burckhardt F., Heissenhuber A., Morlock G., Busch U., Schindler P., Fruth A., Ammon A., Wildner M.: „Risk factors for abundance of Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli in sewage water“, Gesundheitswesen, 2005 Dec;67(12):858-61, (manuscript)


Books and Book Chapters

  1. Burckhardt F. Chapter „Non-EHEC E.coli Surveillance“, Robert Koch Institute "Infektionsepidemiologisches Jahrbuch 2007"[language: German]
  2. Burckhardt F., Kissling E. „The Disease Detectives, Outbreak Epidemiology for the Rest of Us", a free comic, 2007 October, Homepage, [languages: English, German, Chinese, Norwegian, French, Russian, Portuguese, ...]
  3. Burckhardt F. Chapter „Serosurveillance“, in Wildner M and Schlipköter U (eds.) "Handbuch Infektionsepidemiologie", Huber Press, Bern, CH, 

Conference Talks and Lectures

  1. Burckhardt F. Zombie Apocalypse vs. International Health Regulations CCCamp 2019, Ziegeleipark Mildenberg, August 2019, manuscript,videos
  2. Panel discussion: Artificial intelligence (AI) in epidemiology: a reality in 2018? ESCAIDE 2018, Malta 2018
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  4. lots of stuff missing from ESCAIDE talks 2009-2018
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  6. Burckhardt F. "Ausbruchsmanagement als Kooperationsaufgabe von Schule, Veterinäramt und GA", Veranstaltung "Hygienemanagement in Schulküchen" der Akademie für öffentliches Gesundheitswesen, Wiesbaden, März 2009, manuscript
  7. Burckhardt F. "Survey on the Vaccination Status of Midwives and on their Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour regarding Vaccination, Germany 2007", ESCAIDE, Berlin, November 2008, manuscript
  8. Burckhardt F. "Modellieren von Infektionskrankheiten in Virtuellen Realitäten am Beispiel von 'World of Warcraft'  ", 3. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Epidemiologie DGEpi, Bielefeld, September 2008 manuscript
  9. Burckhardt F. Espelage W., "Die Krankheitsdetektive: Ausbruchsuntersuchungen" (in German), Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, Berlin, Juni 2008, manuscript
  10. Burckhardt F. Modelling Infectious Diseases in Virtual Realities, The "Corrupted Blood" plague of World of Warcraft from an epidemiological perspective, 24C3, Berlin, December 2007, manuscript,videos
  11. Burckhardt F. Modelle in der Infektionsepidemiologie, Vorlesung im MPH Kurs „Öffentliche Gesundheit und Epidemiologie“ der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Januar 2007 (manuscript)
  12. Burckhardt F. Open Source and Pandemic Influenza , 22C3 Conference, Berlin, December 2005 (manuscript)
  13. Burckhardt F. Modelle in der Infektionsepidemiologie, Vorlesung im MPH Kurs „Öffentliche Gesundheit und Epidemiologie“ der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, November 2005 (manuscript)
  14. Burckhardt F. SurvNet: The German Infectious Disease Surveillance Network , WTH, Netherlands, July 2005 (manuscript)
  15. Burckhardt F. SEXual Salvation -- How carbon-based lifeforms adapt to evolutionary pressure from infections and what computers can learn from them., 21C3, Berlin, December 2004, (manuscript)
  16. Burckhardt F. Biological Weapons: treaties, bug overview, civilian preparation , 20C3, Berlin, December 2003 (manuscript)

Conference Posters

  1. Burckhardt F.,  Meyer, HG; Mathies, G; Walter, N; Kevekordes, S "Untersuchung eines Ausbruchs der Neuen Influenza in Ludwigshafen/Rhein im Juli 2009", 61. Wissenschaftlicher Kongress der - Bundesverbände der Ärzte und Zahnärzte - des Öffentlichen Gesundheitsdienstes poster here
  2. Cardinale M., Burckhardt F. "Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of German Students aged 11-17y regarding Measles Vaccination", DGHM 2009 poster here
  3. Burckhardt F., Gervelmeyer A., Rabsch W., Hiller P., Prager R., Klieber B., Frank C. "Nationwide Outbreak of Salmonella Panama in Children due to Minisalami Sticks, Germany, Summer 2007", IMED, 2009, Vienna, Austria, poster here
  4. Burckhardt F., Siedler A. "Continuity despite change: The German Pneumococcal Surveillance", DGEpi, Bielefeld, 2008, poster here
  5. Burckhardt F., Kissling E. The Disease Detectives, European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology ESCAIDE, Stockholm, October 2007, poster here
  6. Burckhardt F., Reinert R, Seegmüller I, van der Linden M, Siedler A. Serotype replacement in invasive pneumococcal disease following vaccination: fact or fiction? European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology ESCAIDE, Stockholm, October 2007 poster here
  7. Burckhardt F., Friedrich A, Beier D, Eckmanns T. Increase of Clostridium difficile infections in the German state of Saxony 2002-2007, European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology ESCAIDE, Stockholm, October 2007, poster here
  8. Burckhardt F., Heißenhuber A., Morlock G., Sigl C., Busch U., Wildner M.: The Bavarian EHEC Surveillance: 7 years of intensified surveillance of infections with enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli., DGHM Meeting 2004, International Journal of Medical Microbiology 294, p229, Würzburg, 2004.
  9. Burckhardt F., Heißenhuber A., Morlock G., Sigl C., Busch U., Huber H.C., Kugler R., Wildner M., Die bayerische EHEC Surveillance: 7 Jahre infektionsepidemiologische Überwachung enterohämorrhagischer E. coli Infektionen, EHEC-Workshop Wildbad Kreuth, July 2004, (poster) [language: German]
  10. Burckhardt F., Wichmann HE, Wienker TF, GEM Group Germany: Structuring genetic information for seamless data exchange. NGFN Symposium: Patient-based studies in the NGFN, Munich, April 2003
  11. Burckhardt F., Wichmann HE. Family ascertainment for genetic studies via internet based remote data entry: potentials and risks. NGFN/DHGP Symposium: The genetic and molecular basis of human disease, Berlin, November 2002
  12. Burckhardt F., P. Belcredi, H.E. Wichmann. Integrated Data Management in Genetic Epidemiological Studies, NGFN Meeting, Genomics of chronic inflammatory disorders, Kiel, July 2002


Technical Reports

  1. Burckhardt F. "Die Krankheitsdetektive" (in German), an outbreak-game for children, lecture here
  2. Burckhardt F., P. Schindler, M. Kohlhuber, C. Höller, H. Beck, H. Weber, Klimaveränderung in Bayern - Gesundheitliche Folgen und Perspektiven
  3. Burckhardt F., Wienker T. Datenstrukturen für die Kommunikation genetisch epidemiologischer Projekte im Nationalen Genomforschungsnetz
  4. Burckhardt F. Effective methods for recruitment in genetic studies. NGFN Symposium: Patient-based studies in the NGFN, Munich, April 2003
  5. Burckhardt F.Ökotoxikologie: der Elodea Biotest, Munich 1994, (manuscript)



  1. Burckhardt F. "Auswertung der Abundanzen ausgewählter Planktongruppen in parallel angesetzten Mikrokosmen mittels theoretischer Methoden", Munich 1997, MSc Biology, (manuscript)
  2. Burckhardt F. "Estimation of Reinfection Intervals for Chlamydia trachomatis based on Routine Healthcare Data", Edinburgh 2000, MSc Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, (manuscript)



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