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Negev desert: stark beauty

Everything started with the attendance of the Minerva meeting 2017 in Israel – interesting talks, interesting people, interesting culture to discover. After the end of the meeting we decided to spend some more days in Israel and discover something completely different. You have probably thought that people travel to Israel – despite attending a meeting – due to religious motivations or to eat falafel? Ever … Continue reading Negev desert: stark beauty »

Alzheimer’s Disease Congress – Quality rather than quantity….

It was 4:00 in the morning and my alarm started to ring. I quickly woke up and looked at the watch, “Is it really 4 o’clock?” But no, my mobile hadn’t gone haywire… Alas! I stood up and got ready; I had to catch a flight at 7:15. I made it to the airport in time, where I met my colleague Stella. That’s how our … Continue reading Alzheimer’s Disease Congress – Quality rather than quantity…. »

A short story about visiting land of wonders, Georgia, as a PhD student

When I was first asked to write a blog article, I thought ok: I could write about the scientific part of the congress, which I attended in Georgia. But given the fact that I was not only impressed by scientific input but also other facts in Georgia, I decided to somehow make a mixture and write about both aspects and focus on how the cultural … Continue reading A short story about visiting land of wonders, Georgia, as a PhD student »

Science by the sea

This October, I had the opportunity to attend the first Neuroinflammation Summer School, which was held in association with the Venusberg Meeting on Neuroinflammation and took place in Spain. The School was organized by Prof. Michael Heneka and featured many prominent academics that specialize in various aspects of neurodegenerative disorders and inflammation within the central nervous system. It was quite a journey to reach the … Continue reading Science by the sea »

Cluster Science Days 2016: Offline blog survey reveals the Cluster’s spirit

In day-to-day work, we characterise mouse strains, KO mutants or a certain protein. This report here however, is an attempt to elucidate the properties of the 2016 Cluster Science Days participants. This year, the attendees could use their breaks between fantastic talks and poster sessions to unveil some information about themselves. They could place their coloured stickers (red – University Hospital Bonn, UKB, blue – … Continue reading Cluster Science Days 2016: Offline blog survey reveals the Cluster’s spirit »

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Toronto – putting own research in a broader context

In the recent article by Christine Schuy, you have already heard that studying microglia, the brain resident immune cells, is very interdisciplinary. It can therefore be challenging to find conferences that exactly fit this topic, especially if one is looking for an even narrower topic: the role of microglia in Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2016 in Toronto is the major conference on … Continue reading The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Toronto – putting own research in a broader context »

Sophie goes Harvard: Do it the American Way

This past spring, I had the privilege of working for three months at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, where I worked in Ulrich von Andrian’s lab. Funded by the IITB program, my objective was to deepen my knowledge of immunological research and to become exposed to new research methods, such as multiphoton imaging. The project I worked on dealt chiefly with the immune system … Continue reading Sophie goes Harvard: Do it the American Way »

“Microglia in the Brain” – An outstanding conference for all microglia specialists

We as “microglia scientists“ work highly interdisciplinary. This is both exciting and challenging at the same time. We are neither neuroscience experts, nor immunology experts and this challenge becomes particularly apparent when you are planning to attend a conference. You have two possibilities: You can either attend neuroscience conferences, often together with a lot of electrophysiologists (Yes, I know: It is really great stuff they … Continue reading “Microglia in the Brain” – An outstanding conference for all microglia specialists »

The autumn school Merseburg – Immune system for beginners (and of course refreshers)

To be honest, when in spring 2015 an email from the cluster dropped in our mailbox, offering ten IITB travel awards for the autumn school of the German Society for Immunology (DGfI), we weren´t familiar with the concept of the autumn school at all. Getting more information about the program and the speakers from the autumn school, we got excited and decided to apply. But … Continue reading The autumn school Merseburg – Immune system for beginners (and of course refreshers) »

Of viruses and lipids – SphingoFOR 2123 Workshop Würzburg

Würzburg and Franconia are most commonly known for beautiful castles and superb wine. However, the University of Würzburg is better known for the 14 Nobel Laureates who have researched and taught there, including Harald zur Hausen, who received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2008 for his discovery that human papillomaviruses can cause cervical cancer. Prof zur Hausen spent his post-doc years from 1969 to … Continue reading Of viruses and lipids – SphingoFOR 2123 Workshop Würzburg »