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Eva Bartok receives Universitätsgesellschaft Bonn (UGB) prize for outstanding doctoral thesis

December 05, 2018

 

 Dr. Eva Bartok from the Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Pharmacology was awarded the Universitätsgesellschaft Bonn (UGB) Bonner Preis für Medizin (Bonner Prize for Medicine) for her outstanding doctoral thesis in the field of medicine.  The prize which is sponsored by Prof. Dr. Rolf Dederich and the UGB has been awarded annualy since 2012 and carries a cash reward of 5000 euros.

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Alliance for Immunology between Bonn and Osaka

November 07, 2018

 

The University of Bonn and the University of Osaka, Japan have signed a five-year cooperation agreement. The agreement, which will feature academic and research collaboration between the Excellence Cluster, ImmunoSensation and University of Osaka’s Immunology Frontier Research Center (IFReC), Research Institute for Microbial Diseases (RIMD) and Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences (FBS), was signed on the 5th of November 2018 in Bonn.


Prof. Hoch lauded the cooperation as a new dawn for the two institutions and an opportunity to further understand the mechanism of the innate immunity. Addressing the scientists present at the occasion, the rector urged them to emulate Prof. Akira, who through his discovery and description of toll like receptor genes in mammals and their functions had influenced a generation of scientists and paved way for more research in the field.



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You can blame it on the gene! Researchers discover new gene for hair loss

November 06, 2018

 

In infancy, fine hair tends to sprout sparsely. With increasing age, hair loss progresses. Ultimately, only a few hairs are left on the head and body. Hypotrichosis simplex is a rare form of hair loss (alopecia). The condition is limited to a few hundred families worldwide. So far, only a few genes are known that are causally related to the disease. Under the leadership of the Institute of Human Genetics at the University Hospital of Bonn, a team of researchers from Germany and Switzerland have now deciphered mutations in another gene that is responsible for hair loss.
The scientists examined the coding genes of three families that are not related to each other and are of different ancestry. A total of eight relatives showed the typical symptoms of hair loss. All those affected had mutations in the LSS gene. “This gene encodes lanosterol synthase - LSS for short,” said Prof. Dr. Regina C. Betz from the Institute of Human Genetics at the University Hospital of Bonn. “The enzyme plays a key role in cholesterol metabolism.” However, the cholesterol blood values of those affected are not changed. Betz: “There is an alternative metabolic pathway for cholesterol, which plays an important role in the hair follicle and is not related to blood cholesterol levels."

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Six Excellence Clusters for the University of Bonn!!

September 27, 2018 - September 27, 2018

 

The much awaited Excellence Strategy funding decision by the DFG was received with cheers and applause! As the Rector of the University of Bonn, Prof. Michael Hoch, read the list of the 6 funded Excellence Clusters from the DFG website, the room was filled with joy and cheers!
ImmunoSensation2 and 5 other Clusters were successful in their application. This was a significant moment, as the University of Bonn was the only University in Germany to receive funding for six Clusters of Excellence.  
We congratulate all ImmunoSensation scientists for their hard work and we look forward to achieving greater heights!!
We also congratulate: The Hausdorff Center for Mathematics, Beyond Slavery and Freedom, PhenoRob, ML4Q and ECONtribute!






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Current Trends in Digitalization of Medicine

September 26, 2018

 

Change in technology has brought with it convenience in the medical sector, with just a click of a button, patients and doctors have access to a lot of information. 
As part of the 200 years jubilee celebrations of the University of Bonn, Immunosensation together with the Medical Faculty organized an open lecture for the public on this topic. Prof. Nicolas Wernert  Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, gave a public lecture on the actual trends in the digitalization of medicine. His talk broadly covered actual tread starting from intergration of multi-omics, 3D printing of organs and tumors, standard Health-Apps on mobile phones to minimal invasive surgery using robotics. The lecture was directly followed by a podium discussion with experts in the fields related to it. 
The topic of digitalization is a sensitive one and with it alot of ethical and legal implications, therefore, to efficiently discuss this topic, the members of the panel consisted of experts from the legal sector, ethics, medical and private sector. Members of the podium were : Prof. Dr. Nicolas Wernert - Dean Faculty of Medicine, University of Bonn, Prof. Dr. Dr. Mariacarla Gadebusch Bondio – Director, Institute of Medical History, University Hospital Bonn, Katrin Reuter – Founder trackle GmbH, Prof. Dr. Markus Nöthen – Director, Institute of Human Genetics, University of Bonn and Prof. Dr. iur. Dirk Böhmann - Legal advisor for medical and labor laws, German Association of University Professors and Lecturers. The event was moderated by Jan Niklas Hansen, Doctoral candidate at the Institute of Innate Immunity, University of Bonn.

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Cluster Scientists Discover New Role of CCL17

September 12, 2018

 

ImmunoSensation Cluster scientists and associated members discover a new role for the allergy driver: It influences signal transmission in the brain.
The chemotactic protein CCL17 attracts immune cells to where they are currently needed. Doctors have long known: A high level of this substance in the body indicates an allergic reaction. A team of scientists led by the University of Bonn has now discovered a completely new function: CCL17 also influences signal transmission in the brain. There may even be a molecular link to autism. The results have now been published in the journal “GLIA”.
The article which they published in Glia is available online DOI: 10.1002/glia.23507


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PRINTEGER, Newsletter Edition 2/2018

August 31, 2018

 

Integrity in research is more of a necessity than a luxury and reseachers should alway perform their work with this in mind. PRINTEGER was a EU funded Project which came to an end on the 31st Aug 2018 and their mission was to enhance research integrity. During their project, Upright which is an interactive educational tool on research intergrity was developed.
Upright aims at promoting research intergrity with more the question " What kind of researcher should I be?" rather than "what should I do?". It also provides information and oppourtunities for debate and reflection. Intergrity in research is not a one off committment, but rather a lifelong one.


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ImmunoSensation and the Biomedicine Team Win the Excellence Science Slam!!

August 27, 2018

 


The two Excellence Clusters of the University of Bonn, ImmunoSensation and Hausdorff Center for Mathematics organized a joint Science- Slam that was held at the Arkadenhof of the University of Bonn. The slam also received support from the student iGEM-Team Bonn. 
The two teams went head to head, with each having 3 slammers from all over Germany that who presented on their respective disciplines. In the end, the public was charged with the task of determining the winner through casting of beads. And through a clear vote, measured  on measuring cylinders ImmunoSensation and its biomedicine team won. Roman Stilling who presented on microbiome was selected as the slammer of the night. 

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Cluster Scientist Nicole Glodde Wins Fleur Hiege- Prize 2018

August 24, 2018

 

Dr. Nicole Glodde from the Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Pharmacology, at the University Hospital Bonn has been selected for the Fleur Hiege-Gedächtnispreis 2018.

The 32-year-old postdoc in the Lab of Prof. Michael Hölzel, will receive the prize in recognition of her work in the field of cancer research that was published in Immunity, 2017. The publication entitled “Reactive neutrophil responses dependent on the receptor tyrosine kinase c-MET limit cancer immunotherapy”, demonstrated that neutrophils acquire immunosuppressive properties and inhibit the activity of killer immune cells, known as cytotoxic T cells, in the context of cancer immunotherapy. By elegantly performed experiments, Glodde and her colleagues discovered a way to counteract this mechanism and to increase the efficacy of cancer immunotherapy.
This is the second time that a cluster scientist has won this prestigious prize! in 2014, Tobias Bald received the same prize! Congratulations Nicole Glodde and the entire Prof. Hölzel lab!


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Immunosciences and Infection Takes 1st Position in NRW, DFG Funding Period 2014-2016

July 26, 2018

 

The efforts of Cluster scientists is very well reflected with the increase in funding, as shown by the DFG funding atlas. The DFG funding atlas for the period 2014 -2016 places us in 1st position in NRW and 3rd in the whole of Germany. During the 2014-2016 funding period, we received a total of 19.7 million euros, which was 3.4 million more than in 2011-2013 period.
The Medical Faculty was standing strong among the Top 10 in Germany (9 out of 85) having raised a total of 60.4 million euros. Neurosciences also moved up to position 7, having received a total of 16.3 million.
Congratulations for all the hard work!
Find the full press release here.

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forsch Uni-Bonn Features 3 Cluster Scientist in the Summer 2018 Edition

July 16, 2018

 

The forsch magazine is a publication of the University of Bonn featuring interesting and top ongoing research in various disciplines at the University. 
The 2018 summer edition featured articles from 3 cluster scientist:
Dr. Florian Schmidt on his Nanobodies research and their generation using Alpacas (pg. 22), Prof. Dr. Heinz Beck research on new Epilepsy medication (pg. 28) and Prof. Dr. Markus Nöthen research together with the International Psychiatric Genomics Consortium on genes connected to depression  (pg 32)
Online copies are available available both as soft and hardcopies,Link to forsch

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10 Million Euros for Young Cancer Researchers

July 05, 2018

 

The Centre for Integrated Oncology (CIO) Köln/Bonn receives one of the five new " Mildred-Scheel-Nachwuchszentren" with which the German Cancer Aid (DKH) aims to keep cancer research in Germany fit for the future. CIO Köln/ Bonn will hence receive two million euros per year for five years, this money will be available to the young cancer scientists for their research over the next five years. The funding is intended to provide promising young researchers with the best possible working conditions and to improve the compatibility of family and career.

The CIO Köln/Bonn is the only location in North Rhine-Westphalia that qualified for DKH funding. 

Prof. Dr. Nicolas Wernert, Dean Medical Faculty of the University of Bonn, lauded the opportunities the award will bring to cancer research and ImmunoSensation: "This approval will sustainably strengthen oncology research at both locations, especially in Bonn, through the research contributions of the ImmunoSensation cluster of excellence”.

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Guest scientists from India and Thailand visit ImmunoSensation

July 02, 2018

 

Each year in Lindau, Nobel Laureates meet with the next-generation of scientists, with the aim of fostering the exchange of knowledge between different generations and nationalities. The junior scientist comprise of undergraduates, postgraduates and postdocs. The annual meetings focus on three natural science disciplines, and alternatingly feature the field of physiology and medicine, physics or chemistry and once in five years a joint meeting of the disciplines. For many years now, the DFG has invited participants from China, Thailand and India to tour top research institutions in Germany on the so-called “Post-Lindau Tour”. This year’s meeting was dedicated to the field of physiology and medicine and thus on the list of top ranking research institutions in this field was the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Bonn.

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Career opportunity for PhD and Postdocs in the newly funded SFB/Transregio 237

June 25, 2018

 

About the Transregio
The SFB/TR is an interdisciplinary research network between the University of Bonn, the TU Dresden and the LMU Munich with participation of the University Marburg, the TU Munich and the MPI for Biochemistry Munich.
About the Science
Projects within the SFB/TR237 cover the diverse pathways involved in Nucleic Acid Immunity that have fundamental implications for human health and disease.
About the Candidates
The ideal candidates will be highly motivated and team oriented, with a strong interest in immunology and a first class academic degree in a life science related discipline.
PhD candidates: should have a Master's degree or equivalent for PhD positions, a strong background in molecular biomedicine, molecular biology, biochemistry or cell biology. 
Postdoctoral candidates: should have an outstanding scientific track record including publications in peer reviewed journals.

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Open House Day at the Villa Hammerschmidt

June 24, 2018 - June 24, 2018

 

As part of the events to celebrate its 200 years anniversary, the University of Bonn featured varies institutions and departments during the Open House at the Villa Hammerschmidt on Sunday, June 24, 2018. The event was visited by more than 14,000 people.
The Cluster Coordination office (CCO) and Cluster scientists from the Institute of Medical Microbiology Immunology and Parasitology (IMMIP) represented ImmunoSensation program during this event in the Tent "Global Health".
IMMIP Director Prof. Achim Hörauf and his team of scientists introduced the visitors into microscopy of successful worm treatment of filariasis patients, a group of neglected tropical diseases commonly known as elephantiasis and river blindness. The staff demonstrated how adult filarial worms are sterilized and killed by targeting endosymbiotic Wolbachia bacteria with the antibiotic doxycycline.
The Cluster Coordination Office had a long line of curious participants who wanted to play the role of immune cells and find out if through their sense of touch, they could identify the foreign object.
The immune-sensing game and microscopy were popular among all age groups.
The highlight of the our tent was a short visit by Germany's Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Prof. Hörauf introduced the Federal President into the current research of the Excellence Cluster and participating institutions. Watch the video of this memorable moment here. 

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Cluster Publication in Journal of Neuroscience by Prof. Beck

June 01, 2018

 

A new publication by our Cluster member Prof. Heinz Beck shows, why the worldwide leading medication against epilepsy might not be suitable for a lot of patients.
The new findings published in the Journal of Neuroscience could lead to better and more effective therapies against epilepsy. This is of high importance since every third patient is not responding to the prescripted drugs these days.

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Transregio Nucleic Acid Immunity funded by DFG

May 21, 2018

 

The new Transregio 'Nucleic Acid Immunity' from the Unversity Bonn, TU Dresden and LMU Munich is funded by the DFG for a first round of 4 years from July 1st on.
Prof. Gunther Hartmann is the speaker of this consortium of researcher who will investigate the molecular mechanisms of recognizing foreign nucleic acids by our immune system.
This is of special importance since the malfunction of this system leads to various diseases such as chronic viral infections, inflammation and autoimmune disorders.
11 research groups of the medical faculty from the University Bonn are participating in this Transregio.

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Ringvorlesung talks

May 17, 2018 - June 12, 2018

 

As part of the celebration of the 200 years anniversary of the University of Bonn, Excellence Cluster ImmunoSensation organized public lectures. These talks were held in German and were presented by Cluster scientists in a way that the general public could follow and understand.
The lectures were impressively visited and we got a lot of positive feedbacks from the members of the public who would like to have more of such very informative presentations.
ImmunoSensation would like to sincerely thank Prof. Kathrin Paeschke, Prof. Eva Kiermaier, Dr. Elvira mass, Prof. Eicke Latz, Prof. Gunther Hartmann, Prof. Joachim Schultze and Prof. Michael Heneka for taking their time to give this talks.
Some of the talks are available as videos and can be watched by clicking on the Surnames:

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Night of Science- Wissenschaftsnacht

May 17, 2018 - May 18, 2018

 

Every alternate year in Bonn, Bonner Wissenschaftsnacht (Night of Science) is held at the Münsterplatz-Bonn. We at the Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation, joined other scientist from Bonn, Rhein-Sieg-Kreis and Kreis-Ahrweiler at the tent in Münsterplatz to contribute to the theme on Circulation. Using a torso from the Institute of Anatomy- University of Bonn and a chimpanzee skull from Museum König, cluster scientists explained the T-cell immune response invoked during HIV infection to members of the public. The chimpanzee skull was representative of the non-human primates that can be infected with a Lentivirus similar to HIV the SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus). The scientist used microscopes to show immune cells in different organs using tissue sections mounted on slides.
We sincerely thank; Cluster members and scientists for their support, Bonner Wissenschaftsnacht for the opportunity to participate, Institute of Anatomy-University of Bonn for the torso, Museum König for the chimpanzee skull, the volunteers from Prof. Latz's group- Institute for Innate Immunity, Prof. Kolanus- LIMES institute, for the tissue section and Institute of Medical Microbiology Immunology and Parasitology for the Microscopes. 

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Lamas and Alpacas as a tool for immunological research

May 16, 2018

 

Proteins are highly important for lots of processes in our body. To gain more knowledge about their function, researchers would like to modify or completey remove them from our body.
Our Cluster researcher Dr. Florian Schmidt, group leader of an Emmy Noether-Research group at the Institute of Innate Immunity is further developing a method for designing protein-blockers with the help of Alpacas and Lamas.
You can find the german press release here.
Contact:
Dr. Florian I. Schmidt
Emmy Noether-Group Leader
Institute of Innate Immunity
University of Bonn
Tel. 0228/28751124
E-Mail: fschmidt@uni-bonn.de


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