Immune Response in Infectious Diseases –

Regulation between Innate and Adaptive Immunity

Infectious Diseases -

A global problem

We are happy to present the current UNIKATE edition 54 of the University of Duisburg-Essen, which focuses on infectious diseases and features research projects within our RTG. Special thanks to the RTG project leaders Torben Knuschke, Kathrin Sutter, Wiebke Hansen, Tina Senff, Jörg Timm, Alexandra Adamczyk, Astrid Westendorf and Mirko Trilling for their involvement as well as to Oliver Witzke, Benjamin Wilde and Adalbert Krawczyk from the Clinic of Infectious Diseases.

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Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our lecture series
has been suspended. We will keep you updated as soon as
we resume the lectures.

Our field of research

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Infectious diseases are worldwide among the ten leading causes of mortality. Despite intensive research efforts, effective therapies or prophylactic vaccines are available only for a limited number of pathogens. A detailed understanding of the pathomechanisms of infectious diseases is most important for the development of future therapeutic interventions. Traditionally, the host response to pathogens is divided into the innate and the adaptive immune response.

To date, research with a specific focus on the interaction between innate and adaptive immunity is still underrepresented. The scientific goal of the proposed Research Training Group (RTG) is to fill this gap by bringing together highly qualified researchers working on different aspects of the immune response in various infectious diseases or in vaccine development against pathogens. The mutual scientific question is: How is the adaptive immune response against pathogens modulated by the innate immune response, and how does the adaptive immune response influence innate immunity? The training program will ensure long-term progress in this important research field in the Rhine-Ruhr Area and provide the PhD students with fundamental education in the science of infection and immunity.

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Research Training Group 1949
Immune Response in
Infectious Diseases -
Regulation between Innate
and Adaptive Immunity

Prof. Dr. Astrid Westendorf

Deputy: Prof. Dr. Jörg Timm
Deputy: Prof. Dr. Mirko Trilling

Coordination: Dr. Eva van Well

Phone: +49 201 723 35 88