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Scientific exchange of Bozen and Innsbruck
Date: 2017-12-24   Filed under: News

The BI-DOC programme was established as a scientific exchange between Bozen/Italy and Innsbruck years ago. Plenty of students from the Free University of Bozen came to Innsbruck for visiting lectures. However, only a few Innsbruck students took the chance to go to Bozen by now. This has been changed by the end of November. Eleven students of the PhD programmes Infection, Immunity & Transplantation (IIT) and HOROS went to Bozen for a two-day course on “Population-based studies and biobanks in the –omic era”. All students passed the examination with “excellent” or “good” - it was very interesting and useful for the students' further studies. Thus, our visit in Bozen was definitely worth it and we are positive that many other students will take this chance in the future!

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HOROS II APPROVED BY FWF
Date: 2017-12-23   Filed under: News

We are very happy to announce that the flight of HOROS will continue! The FWF and the involved international reviewers have very positively evaluated our report of the first period, HOROS I, and granted a prolongation for further 4 years – 01.03.2018 will be the official start of HOROS II.

In addition to accepting 5 of our recent faculty members and projects for the next period, two further FMs and projects have also been very positively evaluated and so HOROS welcomes Florian Kronenberg and Florentine Marx-Ladurner as new faculty members. This is the first, but also final extension by law, but a run off period of approximately 18 months may be added, so that HOROS II will likely fly until September 2023.

Blog "HOROS abroad": Six months in Munich/Germany
Date: 2017-11-24   Filed under: News

With the help of HOROS, I had the great opportunity to work in the Immunregulatory group of Dr. Peter Murray at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich. Due to the fact that the lab moved from the St. Jude children's research hospital in Memphis to the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich with the begin of May, I learned a lot what it means to set up a new lab. The Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry is mainly focused on protein and immune biochemistry, and therefore it is a great place for scientific exchange.

During my stay abroad I worked a lot on the role of TNFα in inhibiting M2 macrophage polarization. By working on this and other projects I could use already acquired knowledge from my lab in Innsbruck as well as new methods I learned and got focused on new research fields in Munich. This was the basis for a great time with a lot of interesting discussions and meetings. The immunregulatory group is really international and therefore we had a great mixture of Australian, French, German and Austrian people.

It was great that my colleagues weren’t only workmates but also friends. So we went e.g. to a wine tasting together or visited the Oktoberfest. We also jointed a soccer team on the summer festival of the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry and so it was the first time I played soccer myself. Munich is not that far away from Innsbruck but I never visited the city in detail before my stay abroad. On weekends I was given the opportunity to change this and visited many tourist highlights. For example I went to the Tollwood festival (where you can try food from all over the world), the Frühlingsfest (a kind of small Oktoberfest) or I also visited the Deutsches Museum or Sealife. One of my personal highlights was to visit a Champions league game of the soccer club FC Bayern Munich. Altogether Munich is a great city with really nice people and lots of places worth visiting.

I enjoyed the time in Munich a lot. It was very interesting to learn how another lab works and due to HOROS I had the opportunity to make new cooperation partners and friends hopefully for a long time.

my group and I @ Oktoberfest

 

 

 

Reinhard Würzner elected as speaker of "Infection, Immunity & Transplantation"
Date: 2017-11-13   Filed under: News

Last week Reinhard Würzner was elected as speaker of the Medical University of Innsbruck (MUI) PhD programme "Infection, Immunity & Transplantation" (IIT) - He is now speaker of HOROS, IIT and also the coordinator of all doctoral programmes at MUI, congratulations! IIT and HOROS are very closely connected doctoral programmes. HOROS arose as kind of excellence cluster from the IIT. Students from both programmes are collaborating and meet each other on a regulary basis. Timon Adolph, a relatively young faculty member of IIT was elected as deputy speaker.

horos news

Be up to date! Have a look at our most recent news, and if you want, you can also check the library for 

STAYS ABROAD, PROGRESS-REPORTS & CONGRESSES.



Scientific exchange of Bozen and Innsbruck
Date: 2017-12-24   Filed under: News

The BI-DOC programme was established as a scientific exchange between Bozen/Italy and Innsbruck years ago. Plenty of students from the Free University of Bozen came to Innsbruck for visiting lectures. However, only a few Innsbruck students took the chance to go to Bozen by now. This has been changed by the end of November. Eleven students of the PhD programmes Infection, Immunity & Transplantation (IIT) and HOROS went to Bozen for a two-day course on “Population-based studies and biobanks in the –omic era”. All students passed the examination with “excellent” or “good” - it was very interesting and useful for the students' further studies. Thus, our visit in Bozen was definitely worth it and we are positive that many other students will take this chance in the future!

HOROS II APPROVED BY FWF
Date: 2017-12-23   Filed under: News

We are very happy to announce that the flight of HOROS will continue! The FWF and the involved international reviewers have very positively evaluated our report of the first period, HOROS I, and granted a prolongation for further 4 years – 01.03.2018 will be the official start of HOROS II.

In addition to accepting 5 of our recent faculty members and projects for the next period, two further FMs and projects have also been very positively evaluated and so HOROS welcomes Florian Kronenberg and Florentine Marx-Ladurner as new faculty members. This is the first, but also final extension by law, but a run off period of approximately 18 months may be added, so that HOROS II will likely fly until September 2023.



Blog "HOROS abroad": Six months in Munich/Germany
Date: 2017-11-24   Filed under: News

With the help of HOROS, I had the great opportunity to work in the Immunregulatory group of Dr. Peter Murray at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich. Due to the fact that the lab moved from the St. Jude children's research hospital in Memphis to the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich with the begin of May, I learned a lot what it means to set up a new lab. The Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry is mainly focused on protein and immune biochemistry, and therefore it is a great place for scientific exchange.

During my stay abroad I worked a lot on the role of TNFα in inhibiting M2 macrophage polarization. By working on this and other projects I could use already acquired knowledge from my lab in Innsbruck as well as new methods I learned and got focused on new research fields in Munich. This was the basis for a great time with a lot of interesting discussions and meetings. The immunregulatory group is really international and therefore we had a great mixture of Australian, French, German and Austrian people.

It was great that my colleagues weren’t only workmates but also friends. So we went e.g. to a wine tasting together or visited the Oktoberfest. We also jointed a soccer team on the summer festival of the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry and so it was the first time I played soccer myself. Munich is not that far away from Innsbruck but I never visited the city in detail before my stay abroad. On weekends I was given the opportunity to change this and visited many tourist highlights. For example I went to the Tollwood festival (where you can try food from all over the world), the Frühlingsfest (a kind of small Oktoberfest) or I also visited the Deutsches Museum or Sealife. One of my personal highlights was to visit a Champions league game of the soccer club FC Bayern Munich. Altogether Munich is a great city with really nice people and lots of places worth visiting.

I enjoyed the time in Munich a lot. It was very interesting to learn how another lab works and due to HOROS I had the opportunity to make new cooperation partners and friends hopefully for a long time.

Reinhard Würzner elected as speaker of "Infection, Immunity & Transplantation"
Date: 2017-11-13   Filed under: News

Last week Reinhard Würzner was elected as speaker of the Medical University of Innsbruck (MUI) PhD programme "Infection, Immunity & Transplantation" (IIT) - He is now speaker of HOROS, IIT and also the coordinator of all doctoral programmes at MUI, congratulations! IIT and HOROS are very closely connected doctoral programmes. HOROS arose as kind of excellence cluster from the IIT. Students from both programmes are collaborating and meet each other on a regulary basis. Timon Adolph, a relatively young faculty member of IIT was elected as deputy speaker.



Blog "HOROS abroad": Six months in Manchester/England
Date: 2017-10-06   Filed under: News

As part of the HOROS Laboratory exchange, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Prof. Malcolm Richardson at the Mycology Reference Centre Manchester, in the University Hospital of South Manchester.  I started working at MRCM during the end of April. This opportunity of working in a clinical setting at the UHSM and more closely dealing with Aspergillus patients was the best step forward to hone my skills and gain maximum knowledge in the field of Infectious diseases. At MRCM, I could apply practical and theoretical knowledge from bench to bedside.

My work was mainly focused on learning the molecular diagnostic techniques and serological assays used for identification of medically important yeasts and moulds.  Additionally I attended Patient clinics for Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis and Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis with Prof. David Denning. Attending clinics and thereby interacting with patients has given me a broader perspective towards understanding “Aspergillosis”.  I also had the chance to attend clinics for Candidiasis with Dr. Riina Richardson. Apart from the lab work, I was actively involved in the weekly lab meetings, the meetings with clinicians and research seminars. I was assigned a task to give a talk at the Support meetings for Aspergillosis patients, which was a challenging one as I had to present my work in a non-scientific manner. Additionally, I also took up scientific writing to my interest and could contribute to the News section of the LIFE (Leading International Fungal Education) website. The friendly and helpful nature of my colleagues at MRCM and willingness to share their knowledge contributed positively to my stay in Manchester. We had a very good time together at our lunch breaks and also had a few lab outings. It was great to be a part of the team here at MRCM where everyone has been extremely kind and supportive and I never felt like a Visiting Student as they always actively involved me in all their activities.

Manchester is a great city especially for the Football lovers. It is a city where the old meets the new, where different cultures come together and the people are really friendly and welcoming. Since the University of Manchester is the second largest University in the UK, one can see a large student population in the city. The city is notable for its architecture, culture, music exports, sports clubs and scientific and industrial outputs. The name of the city originates from the Latin name Mancunium and the citizens are referred to as Mancunians.

While the Manchester city centre offers unique and eclectic restaurants, bars, shops, museums, galleries and hotels, the surrounding Greater Manchester boroughs offer a patch-work of visitor experiences including quaint market towns, traditional pubs, beautiful green spaces and waterways. Additionally the wide range of world class events and festivals hosted by the city make it an attractive destination for visitors.

All in all, Manchester has been a great place to live and there is a lot I have taken back with me both at a professional and personal level, making my six months stay a productive and memorable one!



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PROGRAMME SPEAKER

Reinhard Würzner, M.D., Ph.D.
Schöpfstraße 41
A-6020 Innsbruck

horos@i-med.ac.at

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