Infectious diseases and autoimmune or rheumatic disorders represent enormous medical and economic burdens to society. Common features of such inflammatory processes include their complexity and the frequent involvement of multiple organ systems. New strategies for therapy are urgently needed: Antibiotic therapy for infection is becoming increasingly restricted mainly due to the development of pathogen resistance, therapy against autoimmune and rheumatic diseases is still limited to mainly arbitrary suppression of inflammatory cytokines. Central to both infectious and inflammatory diseases are cellular barriers which, in physiological conditions, act to restrict pathogen entry and regulate immune cell surveillance of tissues. Uncontrolled breaching of such barriers is therefore fundamental to both infectious diseases as well as autoimmune and rheumatic disorders. This highlights the potential of targeting components of cellular barriers for future diagnostic, therapeutic or preventive strategies.
PhD!..and what comes next?? One of the main questions for doctoral students in the late doctoral phase or early postdoctoral phase. With the help of this event last Wednesday in the auditorium of the MPI, the YSC Orga team offered the young scientific doctoral students a deeper insight into career and advanced education options within the field of biology. The expert Mrs. Heidemann from the Cologne training institute mibeg as well as a former doctoral student from ZMBE Dr. Agnes Musiol and consultant of the Career Service and the Graduate Center of the WWU were invited.
The small, career-specific panorama was well received by all those interested. Mrs. Heidemann from the mibeg Institute gave an impression of the world of clinical research and gave many new impulses for thought. Agnes Musiol, clinical study manager at Sacura GmbH and former PhD student at the ZMBE, who attended a seminar at the mibeg Institute after graduating, was also able to use her experience to help many people overcome uncertainty and open up new perspectives.
Dr. Jan Schmidt from the Graduate Center of the WWU showed, very interactively, the interested participants new methods to explore their own personality and values in order to then find the best profession for a self.
All in all, the second meeting of the Young Scientist Club was very well received and provided extensive perspectives for one's own professional career.
Responsible for the organization of the YSC: Sebastian Schloer and Denise Pajonczyk, Institute of Medical Biochemistry (ZMBE) and Janine Wilden, Institute of Virology (ZMBE) and Michelle Fennen and Vanessa Kracke, Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine (Department of Molecular Medicine).
Jour Fixe Meetings of all CRC scientists take place on the 3rd Monday of each month at 1 pm (Lunch Meeting) at the Lecture Hall of the Clinic of Dermatology, Von-Esmarch-Straße 56. Guests are cordially invited. Please check our website regularly for updates regarding the specific topics of the talks.
International leading scientists will talk about their latest basic and clinical research findings in a new ring lecture. The lectures will take place on Mondays at 5:00 pm in the auditorium of the Institute of Physiological Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry, Waldeyerstrasse 15. This is an excellent oppurtunity to meet colleagues and exchange ideas.