Reference centers

Centers of reference are centers that support this registry project cooperatively and can, for example, assist in the analysis of tissue samples from patients with confirmed or suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection and contribute biosamples and data. So far the following centers have joined as partners:

Lung Pathology

Prof. D. Jonigk, M.D.
Institute of Pathology, Hannover Medical School
E-mail: Jonigk.DannyMH-Hannoverde


Molecular pathology for SARS-CoV-2 detection

Prof. Dr. Peter Boor, M.D., Ph.D.
Institute of Pathology, Uniklinik RWTH Aachen
E-mail: Covid.Pathologieukaachende

Further information:

We have established a sensitive RT-PCR test for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 infections in formalin-fixed paraffin embedded tissues (FFPE). Two different probes are used to detect the viral RNAs of B-beta coronavirus (B-ßCoV) in general and the Severe Acute Respiratoy Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

This is the method of choice for general, non-cell-type specific virus detection in FFPE material.

Further information:

We have also established a sensitive FISH and CISH method for SARS-CoV-2 detection (sense and anti-sense RNA).

These are the methods of choice for questions regarding cell-specific virus detection in FFPE material.

Please note: In case of a SARS-CoV-2 FFPE diagnostic request, please inform our team of medical specialists: Covid.Pathologieukaachende