The East-Central-European Infectous and Pediatric Immunology Centre for Training and Research (ECE IPI CTR) was officially established on 22 December 1999. From educational and scientific point of views, the Centre is closely associated with the Department of Infectious and Pediatric Immunology at the University of Debrecen Medical and Health Science Centre. The Department has a strong profile of immunology including research into antimicrobial host defense mechanisms. The main fields of research activity of the Department and the Centre are as follows

  • host defense mechanisms against extracellular bacteria
  • characteristics of immune defense mechanisms against fungi
  • molecular pathology of primary immune deficiency diseases
  • mechanisms of action of intravenous immunoglobulins
  • developmental biology of macrophages
The Centre provides modern educational utilities, demonstrational materials, and rooms that are suitable for practical seminars as well as lecture rooms. ECE IPI CTR functions as institutional and regional Infectology and Pediatric Immunology Centre. Its essential role is the initiation of regular postgraduate courses for specialists in Infectious Diseases and Immunology in countries of East-Central Europe.

From the conception aspects, ECE IPI CTR is tightly connected with the Interregional Association of the Carpathian Euroregion , one of the main aims and function of which is the formulation of educational and scientific cooperation within the region of East-Central-Europe.