IRTG 1902 Autumn School 2018

IRTG 1902 Poster award winners 2018

Poster award winners

The International Research Training group 1902 and Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center sponsored two poster prizes and these were awarded to 

Katelyn Ahern, University of Virginia

for the poster entitled

The Adipokine Resistin is Acutely Released During Stress-Induced Lipolysis


Marcel Buchholzer, Heinrich Heine University

for the poster entitled

c-RAF Interaction Networks Associated with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.


Congratulations to both awardees!



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5th Summer/Autumn School 2018 at University of Virginia, Charlottesville

IRTG 1902 Autumn School 2018 – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA.

The 5th Autumn School of HHU and UVA collaboration partners was held at University of Virginia from November 29 to 30, 2018. A two-day scientific program including fascinating talks and intensive discussion during poster presentations. The Darden Business School at UVA provided a wonderful setting not only for the exchange of knowledge, but also for the development of new projects and networking of the partner PIs and students.


We thank everyone involved in the organization process, PIs and students and especially Paul Orange, who organized a perfect Autumn school! We look forward to another successful UVA/HHU IRTG 1902 meeting in Düsseldorf in September 2019!


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DAAD RISE Internship students at IRTG1902 Projects in Düsseldorf

This summer the International Research Training Group 1902 had the pleasure to welcome three exchange students from University of Virginia (UVA), USA and Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada.

They were all sponsored by the DAAD RISE program (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) and had opportunity to get an insight into the laboratories here in Düsseldorf and build up a network with various work groups.

We say thank you for spending time with us and are looking forward to new collaborations and future exchange programs.


"Living in Germany for three months was a phenomenal adventure. I wanted to gain research experience in an international setting as well as travel and immerse myself in a different culture. With that being said, experiencing Germany's rich history and art was what I found most impressive during my stay. Now that I am back in Canada, I miss relaxing along the Rhine with the wonderful people I met in Düsseldorf. Germany will always feel like a home away from home and I know I'll be back some day!"

Chantel Galang from SFU. Guest by Professor Gödecke.


"Finding opportunities to study abroad as a science major is hard, so when I got the opportunity to work on...

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Philipp Jakobs has completed his PhD!

On July 4th, 2018 Philipp Jakobs successfully defended his doctoral thesis at Heinrich Heine University. He spent three years working on his research in Professor Jojo Haendeler laboratory at the IUF, Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine.

During his 6 month exchange with the collaborating laboratory of Professor Norbert Leitinger at the University of Virginia (UVA), USA he investigated the influence and regulation of thioredoxin-1 in in vivo mouse models.

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Team Building IRTG1902 and SFB1116 on the water

The doctoral researchers of the research training groups enjoyed a team building event on lake Unterbach. In the hot weather the time on the lake was a welcome break from the Lab. The 5-person canoes provided a perfect opportunity to get to know each other and to work together in friendly competition against other teams. 

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Congratulations to Sofia for successfully defending her dissertation!

On February 19th Sofia Urner successfully passed her doctoral exam with the distinction Summa cum laude.

Sofia started her studies in the lab of Prof. Eckhard Lammert, Institute of Metabolic Physiology in January 2014 and investigated the "Role of integrin and VEGFR signaling in cardiovascular lumen formation and expansion". As members of the IRTG 1902 Sofia and her supervisor Prof. Eckhard Lammert welcomed Molly Kelly-Goss from University of Virginia as visiting scientist (in Düsseldorf, February 2016).

In July 2016 Sofia then started her six-months exchange phase and joined the lab of Prof. Dr. Shayne Peirce-Cottler at the University of Virginia. Together with her colleague Molly she established siRNA-mediated knockdown in adult mouse corneas, and investigated the effects on the corneal vascular growth. With this, all doctoral researchers of the first IRTG 1902 cohort have successfully completed their dissertations.


1st PhD Symposium of the IRTG 1902 & SFB 1116 (Invitation)

Dear Scientists, Students & Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 1st PhD Cardiovascular Disease Symposium (CaVaD),that will take place at the Haus der Universität in Düsseldorf on March 15th and 16th, 2018.The CaVaD symposium is entirely organized by highly motivated PhD candidates of thegraduate schools from the International Research Training Group 1902 (IRTG1902) and theCollaborative Research Center 1116 (SFB 1116).

In addition to very interesting talks of our invited speakers we would like to support the early career researchers in professionally presenting their methods and data to be prepared for the big stages of international conferences.

Please send us your abstracts for posters and talks, the best abstracts will be selected for an oralpresentation during our symposium. In a special session on industrial and academic careeropportunities you will have a chance to discuss and get into contact with experts in both fields,and the poster session and get-together evening provide excellent networking possibilities.

For more information, registration and abstract submission, that will start from December 15thvisit our website: cavad.hhu.de

Please share this invitation with your...

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Wishing you a FABULOUS NEW YEAR 2018!


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Congratulations Dr. Görldt!

Nicole Görldt defended her thesis "Role of the Purinergic Signaling in Healing Processes of the Heart and the Kidney after Ischemia/ Reperfusion Injury” with excellent success on September 1st 2017.

During her doctoral thesis she discovered the role of adenosine in healing processes of the heart and the kidney after acute injury. She started her work on the heart in the laboratory of Prof. Schrader at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, followed by an exchange stay in the laboratory of Prof. Okusa at the University of Virginia to focus on the kidney.  She was chosen for the IRTG1902 “Start-up funding” postdoc - position to investigate possible treatments to improve wound healing after acute injury in both organs.We are very proud of you and wish you all the best for your future work!!

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She made it!

Susanne Homann defended her PhD thesis entitled « Study on the role of hyaluronan synthase 3 in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis », on June 8th, 2017.  In the lab of Prof. Jens W. Fischer, Institute for Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology, she investigated the role of the extracellular matrix molecule hyaluronan in a chronic inflammatory condition. Using flow cytometry, she focussed on the examination of immune cells. During her exchange phase she joined the lab of Gary Owens at UVA where  her focus shifted from the investigation of immune cells to smooth muscle cells, which undergo a phenotypic change in the context of atherosclerosis.

Susanne is our 6th PhD student who sucessfully completed her thesis: she started in March 2014 and was immediatetly introduced to her collaboration lab in Charlottesville during the first Summer School at UVA in June 2014.

Directly after her defense she visited the lab of Gary Owens for the fourth time to complete further analysis in the field of phenotypic switching of smooth muscle cells in atherosclerosis and the role of hyaluronan synthase 3 in this process!

Congrats, Susanne!

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