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23-24.04.2024 SFB 1280 – IGSN – BIOME Early Career Researcher Conference

Immediately after the 4th Berlin-Bochum-Memory-Symposium, the Collaborative Research Center SFB 1280 on extinction learning and the graduate schools IGSN (International Graduate School of Neuroscience at RUB) and BIOME (Graduate School of Biomedical Science at UDE) combined forces for a two-day symposium in Bochum with intense interaction with international keynote experts from around Europe and the United States. Four symposium rounds and brainstorm sessions were held. Topics and speakers included “Neural aspects of associative learning: Mechanisms and Methods” with Matthew Larkum, Sarah Ayash, and Florian Freudenberg; “Comparative hippocampal memory formation” with Tom Smulders, Hannah Payne, and Uwe Mayer; “Depression, Anxiety and Stress: Illuminating cognitive control” with Grant S. Shields, and Marloes Henckens; and “Modeling neural dynamics” with Franziska Bröke, Diana Burk, and Lorenzo Fontolan.

This event went a long way towards strengthening the synergy in this field between the participating institutions, namely the Ruhr University Bochum, the University of Duisburg-Essen's hospital, Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors at TU Dortmund and Philipps University Marburg.

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29.11.2023 22nd Research Day: Science and AI – Friend or Foe?

“Science and AI – Friend or Foe?” was the theme of the Medical Faculty’s 22nd Research Day held in November 2023. Almost 190 doctoral students presented their posters in the first half of the day, which were evaluated by experts. The afternoon programme was opened by Dr. Barbara Marte, senior editor at the scientific journal Nature. She gave the audience insights into the publishing practices of major journals and exchanged views on a panel with, among others, Prof. Dr. Anke Hinney and Prof. Dr. Tienush Rassaf. Three doctoral students then competed in the Science Slam: Lisa Trautmann (BIOME) won the 500 Euro prize for her slam entitled the “Power of expectation” which focused on the topic of placebos. At the end, 20 young researchers received awards for their poster presentations, including the BIOME members Daniel Agranovski, Emily Alefeld, Antonia Belter, Victoria Berg, Hannah Breiter, Kirsten Dombrowski, Lou Hecker, Kai Robin Pfeifer, Ann-Kathrin Schnormeier, Rebecca Steffen, Chiara Wedekind, and Fatma Yalinci. The prizes were donated by the StiftungUniversitätsmedizinEssen.


13-14.11.2023 Ruhr meets Rhine

BIOME's triple-core annual retreat participants gathered off-campus in Cologne again for a translational immunology/infectious diseases/tumour group exchange. The supporting doctoral orga-team consisting of Clara Roggendorf, Anne Petzold, Lorraine Muungani and Xi Wang decided on a broader approach to the selection of keynote speakers this year by inviting Ariane Pessentheiner (University of Graz) to share her experiences of segueing from classic post-doc research into science communications, while the BIOME alumna Anna-Lena Volckmar (University of Heidelberg) discussed the finer issues of In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR). Around eighty MD/PhD candidates presented progress updates on their research projects in talks and poster sessions, with Maren Soldierer winning the award for the best talk, and Sebastian Kromat, Antonia Belter and Lara Kaumanns each receiving prizes for their posters.

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09.11.2023 RTG 2989 TCI repAMI: Heart Matters

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is supporting the establishment of a new research training group 2989 on Targeting Cellular Interfaces in Reperfused Acute Myocardial Infarction (TCI repAMI) by researchers from the Medical Faculty of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) with 7.5 million Euros. The research training group (RTG) team's focus is on the so-called acute myocardial infarction, commonly called a heart attack. In 2022 it was the second most common cause of death in Germany, after coronary heart disease. Even with optimal therapy and if the blocked coronary artery is quickly reopened (reperfusion), mortality is high. The consequences that reperfusion can have on patients are highly complex and not fully understood. The aim of the new RTG is to identify novel processes and targets for therapeutic approaches.

The speaker for the new RTG is Prof. Dr. Tienush Rassaf, Director of the Clinic for Cardiology and Angiology at the University Hospital Essen. In the funded RTG, the group includes experts from the heart and circulatory focus as well as the immunology/infectiology focus of the UDE Medical Faculty and the Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences (ISAS Dortmund).

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