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The Medical Faculty has introduced a new funding structure for outstanding biomedical science doctorates to support them during the critical initial career phase after their PhD: the BIOME Postdoctoral Excellence Programme (BIOME-PEP). Its first scholarship holder is Dr. Elisabeth Littwitz-Salomon who was awarded her doctoral degree with summa cum laude in April 2016. “I’m highly delighted to be offered the chance through this programme to further my current research at UK Essen and to possibly develop new therapeutic approaches in acute and chronic viral infection.” Read more
The diversity and complexity of the biomedical research currently being conducted at both the main campus (Biology) and the medical campus (Medicine) was beautifully reflected at this year's meeting of the core "Genetics and Cell Biology". Organised by Jana Stanurova and moderated by PhDs, this inner city retreat offered participants not only an insight into trans-faculty work at UDE, but also into the fascinating studies being performed by the groups of James Adjaye (Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf), Alexander Bird (Max PIanck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund), Stefan Herlitze (Ruhr University Bochum) and Volker Mailänder (Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz).
A closer look at the finer details of doctorates' work was shared internally at the annual retreat of the Immunolgy and Tumour cores. An environment of vigorous and interactive discussion in smaller groups during the poster session was well generated by the organising duo, Anna Lollies and Michel Bremer. The plenary sessions were chaired in turn by Alina Meyer, Yahya Al-Matany, Marija Kovacevic, Felix Vogel and Stefanie Pikos.
The University of Duisburg-Essen's first MD/PhD candidate, Dr. med. Dr. rer. nat. Ilseyar Akhmetzyanova, has successfully completed her second doctoral degree. In 2012 Ilseyar acquired her MD degree which was topped with a PhD this week. The MD/PhD programme especially equips young researchers to pursue a career at the frontier of ground-breaking medicine.
The distinguished scientist and CEO of the Clinical Trial Center, Hannover, Heiko von der Leyen, and the expert on paediatric haematology and oncology, Dirk Reinhardt, Director of the Paediatric Clinic III, Essen, were BIOME's guests of honour at the inauguration of the core on Clinical Studies. Amongst the participants were also the 20 first generation doctorates of the new BIOME core. In addition, four students from the Faculties of Medicine and Biology, Maria Göbel, Abdelaziz Shabaneh, Niklas Weltermann und Anne Goertz, shared impressive insights into their own clinical studies. Read more
The BIOME doctorates, Julia Badziong and Robert Petri, organised 2014's annual meeting of the Immuinolgy and Tumour cores which was once again held in Essen. The retreat was given a regional bias by the invitation of guest scientists from centres within the Rhine-Ruhr area including Andrea Musacchio (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund), Philipp A. Lang (Department for Gastroenterology, University Hospital Düsseldorf) and Carsten Watzl (Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors, Dortmund).
European funding for a new research network aimed at standardising immunological biomarkers
The latest developments in basic and clinical research have suggested that myeloid regulatory cells contribute to a pathological immune disbalance in the course of human disease. Myeloid regulatory cells are a specialised subset of white blood cells, which include granulocytes, dendritic cells, macrophages and myeloid-derived suppressor cells, and acquire immunoregulatory and/or immunosuppressive activity as a consequence of the disease of the host. Unfortunately, the dysfunction of these cells is still poorly understood. The reason for this is that, worldwide, myeloid regulatory cells have been researched using vastly different methods and markers. The new COST Action Mye-EUNITER, short for “European Network of Investigators Triggering Exploratory Research on Myeloid Regulatory Cells,” aims to establish technical standards for the characterisation and analysis of these cells. Read more
A local retreat was held by two BIOME cores in Essen's city centre in November 2013. The meeting was organised by the doctorates for the doctorates, a concept that was enthusiastically embraced by the organising team consisting of Jolanthe Baingo, Tina Danielzik and Christina Heeke, with Stefanie Haller offering technical support on locus. At the close of the retreat, the new BIOME scientific coordinator, Laura Steenpass, held an introductory lecture on her research, drawing attention to it being the international centennial Angelman, Prader-Willi and Chromosome 15q Duplication syndrome day.
On the eve of her retirement, BIOME paid tribute to Elke Winterhager for her unfailing support, inspiration and input as a scientific coordinator of the core "Tumour and Signalling". Prof. Winterhager's dedication and commitment have contributed greatly towards the success of the graduate school since its establishment in 2010. Amongst other things, she initiated the Clinical Grand Rounds, a voluntary translational programme aimed at forging greater understanding between young biomedical researchers and their clinical colleagues.
As part of the IRUN biomedical strategy to promote our network’s universities, graduate schools and medical centres in Europe, RIMLS at Radboud University Nijmegen organised an international workshop on Immune Integrity, a survival kit for PhD students. This interactive and hands-on workshop involved over 35 PhD students and more than 15 group leaders from 6 different countries. Read more.
The first BIOME awards for the best doctoral poster and talk were presented during the joint annual retreat of two cores of the graduate school in Hamminkeln on 13 November 2012. Judith Hönes received the prize for the best poster presentation while Stefanie Rost received the best lecture prize. This retreat was kindly sponsored by the Kulturstiftung Essen.
A pilot symposium to promote a new tradition of lively, mutual scientific exchange and dialogue between the strong life science research centres and graduate schools within the European International Research Universities Network (IRUN) was oranised by BIOME and held at Villa Wolfsburg, Mülheim an der Ruhr in October 2011. Guest keynote speakers from other IRUN partner universities were Gosse Adema, Irma Joosten and Jurjen Tel, Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS), Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Gerard Graham, Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom and Stephan Ludwig, Center for Molecular Biology of Inflammation (ZMBE), University of Münster, Germany.