Many severe diseases, including infections, cancer and neurological disorders, are characterized by complex inflammatory reactions triggered by highly dynamic, molecular and cellular mechanisms. Inflammatory reactions mainly determine the severity of the disease, but so far, no specific therapies exist to efficiently prevent their development. Progress has been made in our understanding of the general pathways leading to inflammatory processes. However, organ-specific properties of inflammatory diseases and the local dynamics of innate immune cell action and interactions remain poorly investigated and their investigation is the major goal of our research team.
This research focus requires an interfaculty team of scientists, a large spectrum of laboratory expertise and state-of-the-art technologies as well as modern big data analysis approaches, and is optimally achieved by the close integration of graduated natural and life science scientists (Medical Scientists) into translational/clinical research. The Medical Scientist College ‘InFlame’ therefore aims to include excellent graduated scientists/Postdocs into highly interdisciplinary research projects of this important biomedical field, educate the next generation of ‘inflammation’ researcher and foster their careers with a structured Postdoc program. The Programoffers (a) an extensive research module embedded into the special focus area ‘Inflammation and Infection’of the Westfälische Wilhelms Münster (WWU) and its associated hospital (UKM), (b) a patient-/clinic-oriented training module, and (c) a personalized mentoring program.
The special focus of the University Münster and its associated hospital on ‘Inflammation and Infection’ provides excellent conditions for this endeavor. Numerous research consortia (CRC1009, CRC1450, TR128, KFO342, IZKF) and networks on this topic offer the Medical Scientists an excellent scientific environment with modern state-of-the-art infrastructure and immediate integration into translational research projects and clinical studies to foster a better understanding of clinical needs for combatting inflammatory diseases.