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ImmunoSensation - the immune sensory system

Bonn Immunoscience Days 2017

November 13, 2017 - November 14, 2017


Dear colleagues and scientists,

We are pleased to announce that this year's Cluster Science Days will be jointly held with the SFB 704 Symposium. Together we present the Bonn Immunoscience Days 2017!
Please register through our eAntrag system: If you don't know how to use the system, please follow the attached instructions. You can also register for the conference party here!
What? Bonn Immunoscience Days 2017 (presented by ImmunoSensation and SFB 704)
When? November 13 & 14, 2017
Where? Biomedical Center (BMZ, building 13), University Hospital Bonn, 53127 Bonn
What else? Don’t miss the conference party on November 14, 2017! It’s for free!

Registration and abstract submission are now open. Participation in the meeting is free of charge and open to everyone who is interested.
Childcare during the meeting is provided. CME Points for doctors are available. For more information please contact Nicole Dahms (

The deadline for registration and abstract submission is September 25, 2017. Registration without an abstract is open until October 13, 2017.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Bonn Immunoscience Days 2017!

With kind regards,
The organizers
ImmunoSensation and SFB 704


From Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde of cancer immunotherapy

October 19, 2017


Novel immunotherapies can strengthen the body’s own defenses against cancer cells. Treatment of patients with advanced disease can promote partial and complete tumor regressions. However, such strategies also frequently fail. The underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. An international research team led by the University Hospitals of Magdeburg and Bonn has now discovered a previously unrecognized braking mechanism that limits the efficacy of cancer immunotherapies. Former Cluster Member Prof. Thomas Tüting and Cluster member Prof. Michael Hölzel published these findings in the renowned journal ‘Immunity’ and provide a scientific basis to further develop cancer immunotherapy.
Find the german press release here.
Publication: Reactive neutrophil responses dependent on the receptor tyrosine kinase c-MET limit cancer immunotherapy, „Immunity“, Internet:


Cluster Publication in Cell Reports about Cancer Immunotherapy

October 18, 2017


Many tumors possess mechanisms to avoid destruction by the immune system. For instance, they misuse the natural “brakes” in the immune defense mechanism, which normally prevent an excessive immune response. Prof. Christian Kurts, Dr. Janine Gotot and Christoph Heuser from the Institute of Experimental Immunology have now been able to take off one of these brakes. The study, which involved colleagues from Hamburg and Würzburg, could pave the way for more effective cancer therapies. It is being published in the journal Cell Reports.
Prof. Christian Kurts is a member of the Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation.
You can find the german press release here and the english press release here.
Publication: Christoph Heuser, Janine Gotot, Eveline C. Piotrowski, Marie-Sophie Philipp, Christina Johanna Felicia Courrèges, Martin Sylvester Otte, Linlin Guo, Jonathan Leo Schmid-Burgk, Veit Hornung, Annkristin Heine, Percy Alexander Knolle, Natalio Garbi, Edgar Serfling, César Evaristo, Friedrich Thaiss, Christian Kurts: Prolonged IKKβ inhibition improves ongoing CTL antitumor responses by incapacitating regulatory T cells; Internet:


ImmunoSensation in for full application

September 29, 2017


Our new concept ImmunoSensation2 was selected for full application in the German Excellence Strategy. The selection process was highly competitive and we are proud to be invited to submit a full proposal for the next round.
‚We are all excited and pleased that our concept of the immune sensory system was selected for the second round of the german excellence strategy,' says Prof. Gunther Hartmann, speaker of ImmunoSensation. 'In depth knowledge about the immune sensory system will lead to a better health and successful applications into the clinics. We want to face the challenges of a growing and older population with insights into our immune system.‘
The decision, which clusters are going to be funded is expected for September 2018.
Find here the press release of the University Bonn:


Nature Publication by Prof. Joachim L. Schultze

September 27, 2017


Cluster member Prof. Joachim L. Schultze and colleagues at Yale university published a study about fat tissue in the elderly.
Their findings about malfunctioning fat degradation could explain why fat tissue is accumulating in the belly region especially in the elderly.
The results were published in the high-ranking journal Nature.
Find the german press release here.
Publication: Christina D. Camell, Jil Sander, Olga Spadaro, Aileen Lee, Kim Y. Nguyen, Allison Wing, Emily L. Goldberg, Yun-hee Youm, Chester W. Brown, John Elsworth, Matthew S. Rodeheffer, Joachim L. Schultze & Vishwa Deep Dixit: Inflammasome-driven catecholamine catabolism in macrophages blunts lipolysis during ageing; Nature; DOI: 10.1038/nature24022


Dr. Anna Brewitz receives Otto-Westphal PhD Award

September 18, 2017


Congratulation to Dr. Anna Brewitz from the Lab of Prof. Wolfgang Kastenmüller (Institute for Experimental Immunlogy) for receiving the Otto-Westphal PhD award 2017.

Here you can find more information about here most recent publication.

Otto-Westphal Thesis Prize (1.500 €)
The German Society for Immunology e.V. (DGfI) annually awards the Otto-Westphal Thesis Prize to one of its members. The prize is awarded for the best dissertation on the subject of immunology that was successfully completed in the German-speaking countries during the last calendar year (as determined by the date of the oral exam).


Melbourne - Bonn excellence academy BM-AXIS starts

August 25, 2017


A new excellence academy: BM-AXIS (Bonn & Melbourne Academy for Exellence in ImmunoSciences/Infection) is getting funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Within the next 5 years more then 100.000 Euro per year will be used to provide a better scientific transfer between Melbourne and Bonn.
The exchange program for scientific excellence wants to enhance the Bonn-Melbourne activities by sending german scientists to Melbourne and vice versa.
Congratulation to Prof. Christian Kurst, cluster member and spokes person of the newly established BM-AXIS.
Find the german press release here.


How does the immune system work? Video by Prof. Gunther Hartmann

August 14, 2017


Cluster member Prof. Gunther Hartmann explains in this video what the immune system is doing and how it works.
Together with Uni Bonn TV he answers the question, if we can fight the flu without using drugs or medicine.
You can find the interesting video here.


Mentoring Program (in german) for PostDocs with open spots

August 10, 2017


Liebe Cluster-Postdoktorandinnen,

im Rahmen des neu startenden Mentoring- und Trainingsprogramms MeTra sind noch einige Plätze für Postdoktorandinnen (1.-3. Jahr) frei. (Die Plätze für Doktorandinnen sind bereits ausgebucht.)

Die Bewerbungsfrist läuft noch bis zum 15. August.
Die Teilnahmegebühren i.H.v. 200,- € wird den Teilnehmerinnen durch das Exzellenzcluster ImmunoSensation erstattet.

Wer interessiert ist, momentan aber in Urlaub, kann sich auch vorab gerne per email bei Dr. Martina Pottek ( melden, um das weitere Vorgehen zu vereinbaren.

Der erste Workshop (erfolgreiche Förderanträge schreiben) findet am 16./17. Oktober statt.
Wichtiger Hinweise: die Trainingsveranstaltungen werden in deutscher Sprache gehalten, daher sind ausreichende Sprachkenntnisse notwendig.
Fortgeschrittene Postdocs ab dem 3. Jahr, Habilitandinnen, Juniorprofessorinnen können sich noch bis Oktober bewerben.
Detaillierte Hintergrundinfos zum Programm und zu den Bewerbungsmodalitäten finden sich auf folgender Homepage:


Joint Symposium HCM and ImmunoSensation

August 08, 2017


We would like to announce the joint symposium from the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics & ImmunoSensation on August 28 & 29, 2017.

Title: Symposium of Biomathematics
Date: August 28 (Monday) & 29 (Tuesday), 2017
Time: 09:00 am - 01:15 pm
Location: Lipschitz-Saal 1.016, Endenicher Allee 60, 53115 Bonn

No registration needed & no registration fee.


Cluster member Prof. Nöthen received teaching award

July 06, 2017


Prof. Markus M. Nöthen, director of the Institute of Human Genetics, received a teaching award by the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms University Bonn for his outstanding commitment.
The teaching awards were handed over at the University Celebration in the Telekom Dome. According to the size and number of students, the faculties are allowed to nominate different instructors for the award. The medical faculty of the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms University handed over an award to Dr. Christof Völker, Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, next to Prof. Markus Nöthen.
Find the german press release here.


Video about our Day of Immunology 2017

July 04, 2017


Dear Cluster members and friends,
we are happy to share with you the video about our Day of Immunology 2017, April 29 on the Marktplatz in Bonn.
Have a look for yourself:
A big thank you to the Bundesstadt Bonn - Economic Development Office for letting us on the Marktplatz and Uni Bonn TV for the video.
Next year we will be back with our Day of Immunology celebration in Bonn.
Mark your calenders for May 5th, 2018 and celebrate with us the excellent science of Bonn.


Cluster Research paper in Gut published

June 21, 2017


Scientists of the University Hospitals in Bonn and Essen could show what drives one of the much-feared complications of gastrointestinal operations.
Scientists Prof. Christian Kurts from the Institute of Experimental Immunology Bonn, member of the Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation, and Prof. Daniel Engel from the Department of Immunodynamics Essen published their most recent findings in the Journal Gut.
They showed that bacteria are recognized by specialized immune cells in the gut, which can lead to a paralysis of the intestines. This is called post-operative ileus.
Find more information about the publication here.


New Newsletter released

June 14, 2017


Shortly before holiday season we gathered all important information throughout the last 6 months. Now you can find all the things that happened in the Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation in our newest edition of our Newsletter. Don't miss it and show your parents and loved ones in which exciting scientific area you are working in.
Enjoy reading it and we are happy to take suggestions for further topics that should be covered.
Find our newsletter edition 5 here and here.


Application open for a female PostDoc Scholarship until July 31

June 06, 2017


The University Bonn invites all female PostDocs to apply for the Annemarie Schimmel-Scholarship 2017.
It covers 2.300 Euro monthly for up to 12 months with the option of an extention of 6 more months. It is open for female PostDocs up to three years after they finished their PhD.
Find more information here:


Cluster member Prof. Hörauf elected chairman of DNTD Network

May 29, 2017


Cluster member Prof. Achim Hörauf, director of the Institute of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitoloy University Clinics Bonn, was elected chairman for the German Network to combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (DNTDs) May 18 in Berlin.
The German Network against neglected tropical diseases forms a national platform in Germany designed to heighten awareness of this group of diseases and raise the level of commitment in Germany to fighting them. The German network wishes to support the World Health Organization (WHO) in controlling, eliminating or even eradicating at least ten of the 18 neglected tropical diseases. 
Find here the german press release.


ImmunoSensation and HCM are looking for new Professors and PostDocs

May 16, 2017


The University of Bonn with its two Clusters of Excellence, the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics, and ImmunoSensation, intends to significantly strengthen the existing collaborations between these two clusters and to establish an internationally visible research group in the field of mathematical modeling in life and medical sciences. In this context, it invites applications for
three temporary Professorships (W2) for 5 years
three research positions (E13) for 3 years for Postdocs
find here more information how to apply.
Applcation deadline for the professorships are approaching.


Cannabis reverses ageing processes in the brain

May 09, 2017


Memory performance decreases with increasing age. Cannabis can reverse these ageing processes in the brain. This was shown in mice by scientists at the University of Bonn with their colleagues at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel). Old animals were able to regress to the state of two-month-old mice with a prolonged low-dose treatment with a cannabis active ingredient. This opens up new options, for instance, when it comes to treating dementia. The results are now presented in the journal Nature Medicine.
Prof. Andreas Zimmer and Prof. Joachim L. Schultze are both members of the Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation.
Publication: A chronic low dose of delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) restores cognitive function in old mice, Nature Medicine, DOI: 10.1038/nm.4311
Find the german press release here and the english press release here.


Day of Immunology 2017

May 08, 2017


The Day of Immunology was a huge success.
On Saturday, April 29, we celebrated this years International Day of Immunology with an exhibition of some of our research that's been conducted within the Cluster.
The focus of the exhibition was on widespread diseases such as Atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's or Malnutrition. Walk-in models of the brain, the mouth and an artery were not only playgrounds for kids but also informative and inspiring spots.
Thanks to all our researchers and the City of Bonn who contributed to this amazing event.
Find here our Info-Displays: Alzheimer's, Atherosclerosis, Tumor Vaccination, Influenza and Malnutrition.


Science Publication: Where do immune cells come from?

May 05, 2017


Congratulation to Cluster member Dr. Andreas Schlitzer, PD Dr. Marc Beyer and Prof. Dr. Joachim L. Schultze from the LIMES Institute Bonn. They recently published their newest findings about dendritic cell progenitors in Science.
Publication: Mapping the human DC lineage through the integration of high-dimensional techniques, Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.aag3009
Find the german press release here and the english press release here.