The team and its role within CYSTINET-Africa

The Germany I team is based at the Department for Neurology  of the university hospital (Klinikum rechts der Isar)  of the Technical University Munich (TUM) and works closely together with a team of the Chair for Applied Software engineering of the TUM.


  1. Network coordination and management together with the African coordinating partner “Tanzania I”
  2. Internal monitoring and quality assurance/management
  3. Development of a representative work frame of the network (corporate design, webpage etc.)
  4. Development of IT software tools for electronic data collection in epidemiological TSCT/NCC studies and development of an interactive TSCT/NCC IT-platform for African countries with respective training of local personnel and students (= Virtual One-Health Centre with integrated research school)
  5. Neurological and veterinary expert support and training of personnel.

Together with Germany II further objectives are:

  1. Diagnostic patient evaluation, structure and competence development in the field of TSCT/NCC diagnosis in endemic areas.
  2. Support in improving treatment strategies for patients with TSCT/NCC in Primary Health Care Facilities as well as at the university level.
  3. Competence development in large-scale epidemiological and clinical studies, mentoring of PhD and Master students, and linking existing TSCT/NCC research groups and other national stakeholders (e.g. WHO, FAO) with network partners.
Andrea Winkler
Co-Director and Principle Investigator
Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. med. Andrea Sylvia Winkler is a specialist neurologist and lecturer in Global Neurology at the Klinikum rechts der Isar, TUM. She is leading the Munich Global Neurology Group at the Department of Neurology and, together with Prof. Clarissa Prazeres da Costa from Germany II and the heads of the Department of Neurology (Prof. Bernard Hemmer) as well as the Institute of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene (Prof. Dirk Busch), she is a founding member of the Center for Global Health at TUM. Moreover, she holds a professorship in Global Health at the University of Oslo and at the same time is the Director of the Centre for Global Health at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo. In the CYSTINET- Africa network she is the overall network co-director, principle investigator of Germany I and head of the Technical Advisory Board (TAB).
Veronika Schmidt
Research Fellow and Project Coordinator
Mag. Veronika Schmidt is a veterinarian working for the Department of Neurology (working group Global Neurology) and the TUM Center for Global Health at the Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technical University Munich, Germany. She is also part of team of the Centre of Global Health of the University of Oslo. Since 2009, her research focuses on zoonotic diseases caused by helminths. Her special interest is the development and implementation of point-of-care diagnostic tools for parasitic diseases in resource-limited settings. In CYSTINET-Africa Veronika coordinates network activities and holds a research position.
Jonas Schulte-Coerne
IT Support
Jonas is a research assistant in the Digital Health group in the department of informatics at TU Munich. He has taken over the responsibilities for the IT tasks in the CYSTINET-Africa project from Jan Knobloch in April 2020. His main task in this project is the advancement of the Virtual One Health platform and its online course about Taenia solium neurocysticercosis.
Jan Knobloch
Alumni - IT Task Force Leader
Jan was a research assistant at the department for applied software engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). In his Ph.D., he focused on the research of educational platforms to support large scale on campus classes. Next to his Ph.D. studies, Jan was a leading role in the IT organisation and management for the CYSTINET-Africa consortium, supporting all member countries with advice and software engineering knowledge.
Bernd Brügge
IT Supervisor
Porf. Dr. Bernd Bruegge is university professor of computer science with a chair for Applied Software Engineering at the Technische Universität München and adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include software architectures for dynamic systems, agile software development processes, and software engineering education. He received a PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.