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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 »

More than Mozart! – A trip to Vienna and the European Congress of Immunology

In early September 2015 we, two PhD students from Beatrix Schumak’s lab at the Institute of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, headed south to our neighboring country Austria. Our destination was the Austria Center Vienna where we attended the 4th European Congress of Immunology. Due to flight schedules we got lucky and had two days to see the beautiful city of Vienna before the conference … Continue reading More than Mozart! – A trip to Vienna and the European Congress of Immunology »

The Toll Meeting 2015 [toll (German): great, amazing, fantastic]

The Christmas markets have already opened and the year is now quickly coming to an end. When looking back at this year, one of the great [german: toll] Conferences (at least for all immunologists working in Innate Immunity) was the Toll Meeting. The meeting´s name is actually derived from the pattern recognition receptor in drosophila named Toll. The Toll protein was initially identified by Christiane … Continue reading The Toll Meeting 2015 [toll (German): great, amazing, fantastic] »

Cluster Science Days 2015: A meeting to remember

Fascinating talks and poster presentations, networking with spirited fellow students and broadening our horizons were the main attributes of this year’s perfectly organized Cluster Science Days. For two days the ImmunoSensation members, including many doctoral candidates and postdocs, group leaders of the University Hospital Bonn, the LIMES and caesar institutes and the DZNE, as well as invited guests, gathered in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. … Continue reading Cluster Science Days 2015: A meeting to remember »

How to bring innovative ideas to real world applications – Merck Serono Innovation Cup 2015

The pharmaceutical industry is known as a tough business. Pharmaceutical companies have to bring new candidate drugs through the long preclinical and clinical development phases – a process, which is both expensive and prone to failure at any of the different steps of testing or even after its final registration and clinical application. Altogether, the whole development phase takes about twelve years. In order to … Continue reading How to bring innovative ideas to real world applications – Merck Serono Innovation Cup 2015 »

Finding your way in Tokyo – Eva’s internship at Waseda University

Eva Beins recently completed a two-week internship at the Takeoka Lab in Tokyo, Japan to learn about “Nanosheet technology” and how to apply it to her PhD project. Eva is pursuing her PhD at the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry , where she studies the role of the endocannabinoid system in neuroinflammation and psychiatric disorders. Eva already specialized in her Masters on Neuroscience and is also … Continue reading Finding your way in Tokyo – Eva’s internship at Waseda University »

Spring School Ettal: Understanding the Immune System as a whole System

Last Spring I found myself very focused on my own very specific PhD topic. Nevertheless, I was curious about the latest findings and questions in other fields in immunology. Filled with the wish to hear about other topics and to meet up with PhD students and postdocs from all over Germany and from other countries, I participated in the Spring School organized by the German … Continue reading Spring School Ettal: Understanding the Immune System as a whole System »

“Successfully pass your PhD” – Retrospection on a MeTra workshop

How to recruit women to top positions is commonly discussed these days, as the government has just decided to implement a quota for women in the directorates of Germany´s 100 biggest market-listed companies. Starting in 2016, about 30% of the positions in the governing bodies of Volkswagen, Daimler and Co. have to be filled by women. When it comes to work, the principle of equal … Continue reading “Successfully pass your PhD” – Retrospection on a MeTra workshop »

The statistical literacy course by Dr Rick Scavetta

Based on the observation of twelve PhD students, the likelihood for the spontaneous appearance of beads of sweat while coming across a capital sigma (Σ) followed by square roots and indices is actually rather high – biologists are not terribly famous for their affinity to maths and statistics.   But wait – was the sample size of twelve highly motivated ImmunoSentation IITB PhD students attending … Continue reading The statistical literacy course by Dr Rick Scavetta »