CAPNETZ. Das Kompetenzzentrum für ambulant erworbene Pneumonie

Translated title of the contribution: CAPNETZ. The competence network for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP)

Norbert Suttorp*, Tobias Welte, Reinhard Marre, Steffen Stenger, Mathias Pletz, Jan Rupp, Hartwig Schuette, Gernot Rohde

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CAPNETZ is a medical competence network for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), which was funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research. It has accomplished seminal work on pneumonia over the last 15 years. A unique infrastructure was established which has so far allowed us to recruit and analyze more than 11,000 patients. The CAPNETZ cohort is the largest cohort worldwide and the results obtained relate to all relevant aspects of CAP management (epidemiology, risk stratification via biomarkers or clinical scores, pathogen spectrum, pathogen resistance, antibiotic management, prevention and health care research). Results were published in more than 150 journals and informed the preparation and update of the national S3-guideline. CAPNETZ was also the foundation for further networks like the Pneumonia Research Network on Genetic Resistance and Susceptibility for the Evolution of Severe Sepsis) (PROGRESS), the Systems Medicine of Community Acquired Pneumonia Network (CAPSyS) and SFB-TR84 (Sonderforschungsbereich - Transregio 84). The main recipients (Charit, Berlin, University Clinic Ulm and the Hannover Medical School) founded the CAPNETZ foundation and transferred all data and materials rights to this foundation. Moreover, the ministry granted the CAPNETZ foundation the status of being eligible to apply for research proposals and receive research funds. Since 2013 the CAPNETZ foundation has been an associated member of the German Center for Lung Research (DZL). Thus, a solid foundation has been set up for CAPNETZ to continue its success story.
Translated title of the contributionCAPNETZ. The competence network for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP)
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)475-481
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


  • Community acquired pneumonia (CAP)
  • Competence network
  • Biomarker
  • Foundation
  • Health services research


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