Open House Day at the Villa Hammerschmidt

June 24, 2018 - June 24, 2018

The Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier with Prof. Achim Hörauf, Director IMMIP

The Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier with Prof. Achim Hörauf, Director IMMIP, and Dr. Beatrix Schumak, Group-Leader Malaria Research, IMMIP

IMMIP scientists, Dr. Anna Albers, Dr. Beatrix Schumak and Mrs. Helga Moser, explaining the difference between treated and non treated filarial worms

The Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier with Prof. Achim Hörauf, Director IMMIP, and Dr. Beatrix Schumak, Group Leader Malaria Research, IMMIP

Bundesregierung/Guido Bergmann

 

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. 

General press release, photos and videos by the University of Bonn are available here: press-releasephoto-gallery  and video