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September 22-26, 2019


Monte Verità at the Lago Maggiore,



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CSF Conference

September 22-26, 2019

Monte Verità, Switzerland



Nucleic Acid Immunity

Together with Prof. Andrea Ablasser of the Global Health Institute, EPF Lausanne, Prof. Gunther Hartmann of the SFB/Transregio 237 is hosting the CSF Conference 'Nucleic Acid Immunity' that will be held in Monte Verità, Switzerland, from September 22 to 26, 2019.
The program and information about the conference venue and speakers invited you can find here.  
If you want to participate in the conference, please register here until June 30, 2019.

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The UKB Family Room

BMZ Foyer in Bonn, June 26th 2019


The UKB Family Room is supported by the office of gender equality of the UKB, the SFB/Transregio 237, Bo&MeRanG, and the ImmunoSensation2 Cluster.


Picture © Johann Saba / UKB

left to right: Tanja Banavas, Lucie Delforge, Simon Görgen, Alexandra Krämer, Sophie Krimmer


Opening ceremony

The UKB Family Room has officially opened its doors for scientists and coworkers with children. More than 40 interested scientists and colleagues joined the opening ceremony to celebrate and to inform themselves about the possibilities it offers. Ms. Banavas, Ms. Krimmer and Ms. Krämer of the UKB’s gender equality office and ImmunoSensation2 Cluster Coordination Office lead the ceremony and presented the room, located in the biomedical center of the Venusberg Campus. The room is equipped with toys, puzzles, tables, and seats to entertain and comfort children and their parents. For our pregnant colleagues, it provides a daybed for resting phases. Together with PME Family Services, on-location daycare can be provided during conferences and events on the campus. Ms. Kolits, representing PME, further introduced the back-up and emergency service offered for individual daycare in case of a closed KiTa or a sick child.

The support of the UKB Family Room complements our efforts to develop the compatibility for family and working life for our scientists and colleagues.

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Guest seminar by Dr. Markus Hafner

Institution: NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Date & Time: Monday, June 17, 2019, 11:30 a. m. (11:30 Hrs)

Location: Lecture hall (basement floor), Biomedizinisches Zentrum (BMZ), Venusberg

Host: Prof. Dr. Katrin Paeschke

Integrative Analysis of RNA Binding Protein Targets and Funtion

Dr. Markus Hafner an Earl Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. His RNA Molecular Biology Group (RMBG) studies the impact of RNA binding proteins (RBPs) on posttranscriptional gene regulation (PTGR). PTGR summarizes various processes acting upon coding and non-coding RNA and includes RNA maturation, ribonucleoprotein (RNP) assembly, transport, translation, and turnover. The recent introduction of large-scale quantitative methods, such as next-generation sequencing (NGS) and modern mass spectrometry (MS), allows for the first time determination of the functional impact of RBPs on a systems-wide level and has sparked a renewed interest in the systematic characterization of PTGR processes. Members of the RMBG focus on elucidating the function and molecular mechanisms of RNA binding proteins involved in RNA transport, RNA stability and turnover, and RNA translation.

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Poster presentation

‘Vasculitis International Workshop’

April 7-10, 2019

Philadelphia, USA


Nina Kessler (B16) & Susanne Viehmann

Proudly the doctoral students Nina Kessler (right) and Susanne Viehmann (left) present their poster on cGAS/STING in the development of vasculitis. Their poster, presented at the ‘Vasculitis International Workshop’ in Philadelphia, was well received among the participants of the workshop and selected for a poster presentation tour. Nina works on the Transregio project B16 'Cellular and molecular mechanisms of nucleic acid recognition in ANCA-associated pulmonary vasculitis' in the lab of Prof. Garbi at the Institute of Experimental Immunology in Bonn. At the same institute, Susanne conducts her research project in the lab of Prof. Kurts. 

We congratulate everybody involved, and especially Nina and Susanne, on their work.

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