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DZNE – Connecting the mental health of Rhineland people with basic research

The new DZNE building in Bonn Probably most of you know the huge new DNZE building at the south end of the UKB campus at the Venusberg in Bonn. Our group, headed by Annett Halle, moved to the DZNE, which is part of the Helmholtz Society, in January this year. At the latest, the official inauguration by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel in March and … Continue reading DZNE – Connecting the mental health of Rhineland people with basic research »

Lonely little Lars – A polar bear’s homeland, habitat, and future

Lately, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took place in Bonn. Apparently, confrontation and reflection on our planet´s global warming evokes very different associations in each and every one of us. When the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) was held, I thought of the little polar bear cub named Lars because I fear that many years from now children could read … Continue reading Lonely little Lars – A polar bear’s homeland, habitat, and future »

Don’t judge a book by its cover – scRNA-Seq tells you a cell’s story

The motivation of most scientists is the drive to unravel the mysteries surrounding us. Speaking from the perspective of a biomedicine student, one of the biggest mysteries in modern biology remains the smallest unit of life – a cell. Although almost three hundred years have passed since the discovery of the cell (Robert Hooke, 1665), it remains a major challenge to investigate individual cells. However, … Continue reading Don’t judge a book by its cover – scRNA-Seq tells you a cell’s story »

“Being the Englishman in New York” or Discussing Enteric Glia at a Glia meeting

This year was the third time that I participated in the glia conference in Edinburgh. As always, it was a meaningful event for me and it gave me the opportunity to learn new things and meet interesting people. Until last year, I worked mainly on Multiple Sclerosis and hippocampal neurogenesis in the Neurology Department of the University Clinics Düsseldorf. Therefore, presenting these topics on conferences … Continue reading “Being the Englishman in New York” or Discussing Enteric Glia at a Glia meeting »

How to organize a summer school: Answers from the experts

Did you ever wonder how a scientific conference or summer school is organized? Who selects the speakers and more importantly, who decides which abstracts are selected for a presentation? And what are the criteria for the poster awards? Well, during my visit to the ENII  (European Network of Immunology Institutes) Summer school of Immunology in Sardinia a few weeks ago, I became curious and decided … Continue reading How to organize a summer school: Answers from the experts »

Interdisciplinarity – Thinking outside the box

Years ago, when I finished school, a small but special human population termed mom and dad expected me to decide what to do with my life. “Benedikt, do something meaningful!” my parents said. Thus, highly motivated I enrolled at the University of Bonn and started studying biology. That was amazing! Everything was fantastic and my fellow students and me were the opposite of focused: A … Continue reading Interdisciplinarity – Thinking outside the box »

Catch the moment – Networking at a conference

I guess many young scientists know that feeling: They collected their first useful data in the lab and are finally allowed to go to their first big conference in their field.   But what is going to conferences all about? You must spend a lot of money in advance, you have to arrange your travels by yourself, you spend much time on preparing your data … Continue reading Catch the moment – Networking at a conference »

Politics and Immunology: Diseased bodies in distress

Some of you may immediately feel nauseated when watching the news today. Understandable, since engaging in the developments of the home of the brave and land of the free may wear one out these days. But no worries – you are not alone. In fact, the instance that you still bravely follow the news shows how strong you are. So let`s try to understand how … Continue reading Politics and Immunology: Diseased bodies in distress »

Master Newbie in Bonn? We can help!

The ImmunoSensation Blog is happy to welcome the new Immunology and Biochemistry LIMES Master students as well as the Medical Immunosciences and Infection Master students of the University Hospital. We want you to have a great start in our nice city and get to know your colleagues in a fun way. Therefore, we have prepared a little challenge: Team up with four to ten of … Continue reading Master Newbie in Bonn? We can help! »

Delicious and nutritious – worms, grasshoppers &co

Insect-based food for human purpose is now sold in Switzerland. Our neighbours have recently legalised the growing and sale of insects for food purposes, which makes them the first European country to do so. Since mid of August, mealworm-based burger patties and meatballs (where the term “meat” might be misleading) are offered in Swiss grocery stores. With my eyebrows raised to the max, I spontaneously … Continue reading Delicious and nutritious – worms, grasshoppers &co »