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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!

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. For more information please contact Nicole Dahms (

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!

The deadline for registration and abstract submission is September 18, 2017.

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

With kind regards,
The organizers
ImmunoSensation and SFB 704


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.


Cluster speaker Prof. Gunther Hartmann gives a public lecture

May 04, 2017


Cluster speaker and director of the Institute for Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Pharmacology at the University Hospital Bonn Prof. Gunther Hartmann gives a public lecture on May, 17 6pm.
The lecture will take place in the Old Town Hall Bonn (Althes Rathaus Bonn, Gobelinsaal) and the entrance is free.
The lecture is organized by the Adult Education Center of Bonn and is entitled:
Erbgut im Wettstreit mit Viren - wie unser Immunsystem die Gefahr meistet.


New Cluster Publication in Nature Immunology

May 03, 2017


Cluster member Prof. Joachim L. Schultze and his colleague Dr. Thomas Ulas, both from the LIMES Institute of the University of Bonn, published their finding in the highly ranked journal Nature Immunology.
They showed that babies are born with an immune system which has a reduced activity. That prevents the immune system to overreact after the babies are being born and come in contact with millions of pathogens and foreign substances.
The new findings can lead to the development for new therapies against a life-threatening sepsis which can occur in premature infants.
Publication: Thomas Ulas et al.: S100 alarmin-induced innate immune programming protects newborn infants from sepsis; Nature Immunology; DOI: 10.1038/ni.3745
Find the german press release here.


Girls' Day 2017

April 28, 2017


As last year we celebrated the Girls' Day in the Excellence Cluster ImmunoSensation by inviting 6 girls to one of our labs.
This year Dr. Annkristin Heine and her team showed them how to isolate DNA out of tomatoes.
You can find pictures of the day here.


New patent helps to boost immune system against cancer cells

April 27, 2017


Researchers at the ImmunoSensation cluster of excellence at the University of Bonn have managed to do what many scientists dream of: together with researchers from the USA, they have patented new molecules that allow the immune system to be directed against tumor cells. The license has already given the University of Bonn a first payment – and the scientists also gained a share. An exemplary success within the biomedical research landscape in Germany.
Cluster scientists Prof. Gunther Hartmann, Prof. Winfried Barchet and Dr. Thomas Zillinger were part of that ground-breaking research.
Please find the german press release here and the english press release here.


Young Scientists visit ImmunoSensation

March 29, 2017


Seven young scientists visited the ImmunoSensation Cluster of Excellence on March 31 in the context of the German juFORUM e.V.
Deutsches Jungforschernetzwerk - juFORUM e.V. is a network by and for young scientists and other people interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). It was established in 2000 by former participants of Jugend forscht, a German youth science competition.
They visited the central laboratory and the Institute for Experimental Immunology.
You can find more pictures on our picture site and an article about the success of the day here.


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 7 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.