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Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation²

Immunology as a key to better health

ImmunoSensation2 is a Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bonn funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). We are dedicated to the study of innate immunity beyond the boundaries of classical immunology. We address the immune system as a sensory organ for health, which we term the immune sensory system. We are immunologists, neurobiologists, systems biologists, biochemists, biophysicists and mathematicians from the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Bonn and the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) of the Helmholtz Association.

Founded in 2012, ImmunoSensation2 is currently in its eleventh year of funding. We continue to pursue our mission of innovative science in immunology. Further, we link immunology to other systems, such as the metabolic system and the nervous system. Ultimately, we want to better understand the intimate connection between the immune sensory system and human health and disease.

Members & Publications




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Novel RNA therapy is effective against highly aggressive brain tumors

The findings of the GLORIA study were published in "Nature Communications"
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New antibiotic against river blindness and lymphatic filariasis pathogens

Japanese fund supports research into the treatment of filarial infections at University Hospital Bonn.
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Bonn scientists predict the connection between biomarker expression and long-term survival in patients with urothelial cancer

PD Dr. Niklas Klümper and Prof. Michael Hölzel discovered that NECTIN4 amplifications are genomic predictors of long-term survival in patients suffering from metastatic urothelial cancer (mUC). Their findings were published in the latest edition of the “Journal of Clinical Oncology”.
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Upcoming events

  • Event categories: On-site

    Immuno Talk

    Venusberg-Campus 1, BMZ I, Lecture Hall

    Plasmepsin V is essential for subversion of innate immunity during Plasmodium liver stage infection by Eva Hesping, PhD, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immune Defence at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

  • Event categories: On-site

    Cluster Lecture Series

    Venusberg-Campus 1, BMZ I, upper Lecture Hall (EG.302)

    A retrotransposon in cancer: The maker and the mutator by Kathleen Burns, Dana Faber Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

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    Spatial Biology Club


    Venusberg Campus, BMZ I, Lecture Hall ( B013.EG.302 )

    Decoding Cell Fates Through Single Cell Omics Imaging and Generative AI by Prof. Jian Shu PhD Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard