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ImmunoSensation - the immune sensory system

Cluster goes Charity 2017: Shoes for little hearts

March 23, 2017


With the help of our cluster members - Immuna and Immuno could deliver more than 5 big packages of shoes for Kinderherzen - Fördergemeinschaft Deutsche Kinderherzzentren e.V.!
Thank you all for your help.


New Publication by Cluster member Prof. Regina Betz

March 14, 2017


Cluster member Prof. Regina Betz from the Institute of Human Genetics published her recent findings in the Journal of Clinical Investigations.
Dowling-Degos disease is a hereditary pigmentation disorder that generally progresses harmlessly. However, some of those affected also develop severe skin inflammation. An international team of researchers under the leadership of the University of Bonn has now found a cause for this link. Their knowledge comes thanks to an animal that is known among aquarium owners for its characteristic pigmentation: the zebrafish.


ImmunoSensation participated in the University Science Rallye 2017

March 10, 2017


The Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation participated for the first time in the Science Rallye of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn.
Here young scientist of the age between 13 and 17 can participate in a rallye around the campus in Bonn Poppelsdorf. With interesting stops at the mathematics or the geology department attending pupils get to know the University and its departments.
The Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation displyed with the group of Prof. Kolanus from the LIMES Institute a parcour. Here you could learn what the immune systems consists off, what the immune cells are doing and how the immune system distinguishes between various pathogens. We had a lot of fun participating and looking forward to next years Science Rallye.


Kinderuni - Finding the missing piece: How to develop drugs?

March 06, 2017


The Kinderuni from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn can lead to an official diploma, if the kids attend at least 10 lectures in one year.
Cluster member Prof. Matthias Geyer gave an introduction on 'How drugs are being developed?'. 
Again lots of children attended the lecture and challenged Matthias Geyer with lots of interesting questions afterwards.


TAKeOFF being funded by Federal Ministry of Education and Research

March 02, 2017


Cluster member Prof. Achim Hörauf and his lab are now funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Five german-african networks fighting infectious disases like malaria or dengue fiever were chosen. The network TAKeOFF is one of them.
Mainly in Africa and Asia, more than 200 million people are parasitised by filarial nematodes (roundworms), which cause the neglected tropical diseases lymphatic filariasis, loiasis and onchocerciasis. By establishing a Filarial Clinical Trial & Research Platform (F-CuRE), the TAKeOFF consortium aims to harmonise the procedure for clinical trials in filariasis. To improve treatment regimens for morbidity control of filarial and non-filarial lymphedema (podoconiosis), the partners will conduct multinational clinical trials in sub-Saharan Africa, thereby addressing patient needs as well as the science behind these diseases.
Find the german press release here.


Master student from Syria featured in german news

February 23, 2017


The Master student Mohammed Hajo working in the lab of Jasper van den Boorn in the Insitute of Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Pharmacology is featured in german news.
He is originally from Syria and came to germany in 2015. He conducts his master thesis in the field of immunotherapies for cancer and maybe wants to conduct a PhD afterwards.
Find the german article here.


New Cluster publication: How do T cells end up where they are needed?

February 20, 2017


A new cluster publication recently published in the European Journal of Immunology by cluster member Prof. Waldemar Kolanus from the LIMES (Life and Medical Sciences) Institue shows how T cells are directed to the places where they are needed the most.
Find the german press release here.


Killer cells and how they are recruited: new publication in Immunity

February 14, 2017


ImmunoSensation member Prof. Kastenmüller and his group recently published a paper in Immunity about how killer cells are recruited and which mechanism apply to build up this army.
Find the german press release here and the english press release here.


Become a part of the Students' Retreat Orga Team

February 01, 2017


Dear IITB members and Cluster PhD students (aka future IITB members),

During last year's IITB Network Meeting some of you suggested to make a „full grown“ PhD Students’ Retreat out of it next time. And that time is now! 

What we offer

A two-days Network Meeting to get to know each other and the groups of ImmunoSensation

Scientific and non-scientific program (without PIs)

Career talks with invited guests


What we need


What for?

An organization team to

- agree on date and place

- shape the program (the scientific and the non-scientific part)

- suggest and invite guests

You are warmly invited to join the organization team. If you want to join the team, please send a short email to until Monday, February 6, 2017 and we will doodle a date for our first meeting.


Apply for our new Master 'Medical Immunosciences and Infection'

January 27, 2017


Our new Master Program 'Medical Immunosciences and Infection' starts this autumn. The application deadline is end of march 2017.
Here students will learn how the immune system works and how it interacts in times of disease with various other organs. In four semsters and completely in english, students will get to know cellular and molecular processes in the immune system in detail.
Find the german press release here and more information for the application process here.


Newsletter Issue 4 now online

January 24, 2017


Find here our most recent Newsletter - already in its 4th edition.


Travel Grant Application is open Now

January 10, 2017


Applications for the first round of ImmunoSensation Travel Grants in 2017 can now be submitted!

"Travel Grant 1: Technical Exchange" and "Travel Grant 2: Meetings and Seminars" are for IITB members only! If you are PhD student within the Cluster, but not IITB member, you should consider applying for IITB membership.

Non-IITB members (e.g. other students and postdocs) who want to write a blog article can apply for "Travel Grant 3: Blog Support". Funding is available up to 500 € per application.

Please be aware that ImmunoSensation Travel Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and there is no guarantee for funding. Travel support granted by the Cluster can only be used for reimbursement. That means, travel costs and meeting fees have to be paid in advance by the applicant (or the applicant’s PI/ lab).

Applications will only be accepted via our eAntrag system
Please send me a short email to Dr. Catherine Drescher and we will open your application.
If you encounter any problems with the eAntrag system or have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Catherine Drescher.Application deadline is March 6, 2017.


Apply for the Translational Immunology School until January 13

January 10, 2017


March 16 - 18, 2017
Translational Immunology School (TIS)
Dear IITB members,

I am happy to announce that ImmunoSensation is now cooperation partner of the Translational Immunology School (TIS)!

IITB members can apply for a fellowship that covers the registration fee, including courses, accommodation, full board and social program.


Cluster Publication in Science Immunology by Prof. Schultze

December 19, 2016


Dendritic cells represent an important component of the immune system: they recognize and engulf invaders, which subsequently triggers a pathogen-specific immune response. Scientists of the University Hospital Erlangen of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and the LIMES (Life and Medical Sciences) Institute of the University of Bonn gained substantial knowledge of human dendritic cells, which might contribute to the development of immune therapies in the future. The results were recently published in the Journal “Science Immunology”.
Prof. Schultze is a member of the ImmunoSensation Cluster of Excellence and published this study in conjunction with researchers from Erlangen.
Publication: Human lymphoid organ dendritic cell identity is predominantly dictated by ontogeny, not tissue microenvironment, „Science Immunology“, DOI: 10.1126/sciimmunol.aai7677
Find the german press release here and the english press release here.


Celebrating 20 years of Nucleic Acid Immunity

December 09, 2016


On Saturday, December 10, a Symposium on Celebrating 20 years of Nucleic Adic Immunity will be held at La Redoute - Bonn Bad Godersberg.
Worldwide renown experts in the field of nucleic acid research such as Gunther Hartmann, Hermann Wagner or Veit Hornung will give a scientific overview of the findings within the last two decades of cutting edge science and future perspectives.
Outstanding speakers will share their insight and enthusiasm and whether you are a newcomer or an expert in this exciting area of research, you will enjoy this symposium.


New treatment option for breast cancer found by Cluster scientists

November 25, 2016


Cluster Scientist Prof. Matthias Geyer and his lab member Dr. Ann Katrin Greifenberg found out that the active compound Dinaciclib could prevent the resistance of breast cancer towards chemotherapy.
They published their findings in the Journal of 'Cell Reports' in collaborations with groups from USA, Spain and Germany.
Find the german press release here.


Andreas Schlitzer granted with Post Doctoral Prize

November 10, 2016


Dr. Andreas Schlitzer member of the Excellence Cluster ImmunoSensation and the LIMES Institute Bonn received the Post Doctoral Prize of the Robert Koch Foundation.
He was granted the prize worth 5.000 Euro in the area of immunology in recognition of his findings of the development and differentiation of myeloid cells.
Please find the german press release here.


New Biotech IFM Therapeutics from Cluster members

November 03, 2016


IFM Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company developing a portfolio of first-in-class small molecules targeting the innate immune system, announced the formation of a German subsidiary, IFM Therapeutics GmbH, and the establishment of a research site at the Institute of Innate Immunity within the University of Bonn.
Professor Eicke Latz, Director of the Institute, and Professor Matthias Geyer, Department Head for Structural Immunology, are scientific Co-founders of IFM Therapeutics. IFM Therapeutics’ scientific mission is to generate therapeutic products that can enhance innate immune system activity to attack cancer and that can decrease innate immune system activity in autoimmune disorders and diseases caused by excessive inflammation.
The Institute of Innate Immunity is part of the Excellence Cluster ImmunoSensation at the University of Bonn. IFM’s site at the University of Bonn provides unique access to deep innovative biology as well as cutting edge clinical sciences.


Winter School on Immunology, Genomics and Bioinformatics

October 17, 2016


We proudly present our first Winter School "Immunology meets Genomics and Bioinformatics".
Registration is now open and we are looking forward to your participation!

What: Winter School "Immunology meets Genomics and Bioinformatics"
When: 03.01. - 07.01.2017
Where: Obergurgl, Austria
Speakers: Please see attached poster
Participants: IITB members and young postdocs; places limited to 30
Fee: 850,- Euro*, covering accommodation and meals


IITB Blog article: Physics and Immunology

October 14, 2016


Our IITB Blog Team once again has outdone itself and wrote a summary about why you need physics in immunology.
See what two of our ImmunoSensation scientists think about physics.
Check out the IITB Blog article here.