Research Training Group will be renewed

[4 May 2018] Huge success: The Research Training Group (RTG) „Immune Response in Infectious Diseases – Regulation between Innate and Adaptive Immunity“ at the Medical Faculty of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) will be renewed. The German Research Foundation (DFG) will allocate over 4.5 Mio Euros for another period of 4.5 years.

The RTG was established in 2014 and targets students and young researchers of Natural Sciences and Medicine who deal with the immune system and infectious diseases. Viral, bacterial or parasitic infections are among the top ten causes of death worldwide. Effective therapies and prophylactic vaccines are available for a few pathogens only.

Prof. Dr. Astrid Westendorf, speaker of the RTG: “An interdisciplinary approach is necessary in order to investigate the interface between innate and adaptive immunity. This is why the departments of Immunology, Medical Microbiology and Virology in Essen and Düsseldorf, for example, are involved in this project.” Joint symposia and seminars facilitate the interdisciplinary exchange. “Furthermore, junior researchers get the chance to build up a network with national and international experts”, Prof. Westendorf adds.

“The positive decision of the DFG is a huge success for our junior researchers of whom we are very proud” declares the Dean of the Medical Faculty in Essen Prof. Dr. Jan Buer. “We are happy to get the chance to continue excellent junior researchers in the field of infectious diseases and immunology.”

Scientific Excellence Award

In the course of the Infection & Immunology Symposium of the Research Training Group 1949, which took place from 15 to 16 May 2017 in Kamp-Lintfort, four PhD students were awarded with the Scientific Excellence Award. The award honoured their excellent PhD studies.

The following PhD students received the award: Alexandra Adamczyk, M.Sc., Institute of Medical Microbiology, and Piyush Sharma, M.Sc., Institute of Immunology, both Medical Faculty of the University of Duisburg-Essen, as well as Dennis Lapuente, PhD, Department of Molecular and Medical Virology, Ruhr University Bochum, and Tina Senff, M.Sc., Institute of Virology, University Hospital Düsseldorf.

Preisträgerinnen Scientific Award 2017

f.l.t.r.: Tina Senff, Dennis Lapuente, Alexandra Adamczyk, Piyush Sharma


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: Daniela Catrini

Phone: +49 201 723 35 88