Research Training Group program is cancelled!

Dear All,

In line with the recent email from the Heinrich Heine University President, all IRTG 1902 and SFB 11116 lectures, seminars, workshops and practical courses scheduled up until April 20 have been cancelled.  We are looking into alternative methods for holding these learning events, such as online meeting platforms, so stay tuned and keep well!

Best wishes,

IRTG 1902 & SFB 1116 office

International Research Training Group 1902 - about us

The International Research Training Group (IRTG1902) “Intra- and interorgan communication of the cardiovascular system” aims to promote international education of graduate students in a cooperation of the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf and the Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA.

Mechanical forces, oxygen tension, locally released signaling molecules are major stimuli that affect the function of the cardiovascular system and substantially modulate cell-cell communication, cell migration and cell interaction with the extracellular matrix. In addition to this intrinsic signaling it has been recognized that there exists extensive crosstalk of heart and vessels with remote organs. The central research idea of the IRTG is the investigation of functional and molecular mechanisms underlying intra- and inter-organ communication as a means to understand normal and pathological cell and organ function. Using a combination of high-end technology in molecular biology, proteomic research, cell biology, transgenic animals, isolated organs, and organ culture we will analyze the role of selected signaling mechanisms as the basis for communication among cardiovascular cells with other cells in close proximity such as fibroblasts, adipocytes and invading immune cells.

We will also investigate novel mechanisms of interorgan communication between heart, kidney, and skeletal muscle which may represent the underlying mechanisms of clinical syndromes such as cardio-renal syndrome and cardiac cachexia, respectively. Thus, the whole spectrum from molecule to function will be covered by the IRTG. The central task of the educational program is to provide graduate students with a profound experience in the field of integrative cardiovascular biology at the interface of basic research and clinical science. Therefore, the IRTG aims to advance cooperative international research and learning of doctoral students in medicine and natural sciences in the context of tightly linked, cooperative research projects and an interdisciplinary training program. Besides training in key skills, an IRTG specific program including guest seminars, practical and clinical courses as well as the obligatory exchange program for graduate students provides important elements of the educational program.

To support an optimal development of our doctoral students the supervisory concept stipulates two supervisors who will accompany the project progress in a defined time course and will provide continued support in order to develop excellent doctoral theses.

Spokesman Germany

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Axel Gödecke

Institute of Cardiovascular Physiology
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
Phone +49 211 81-12670
Fax +49 211 81-12672

Scientific Coordinator

Dr. rer. nat. Sandra Berger

Institut für Herz-Kreislaufphysiologie
Universitätsstr. 1
Building: 22.03.
Floor/Room: Ebene 02.R10
Phone +49 211 81-12673
Fax +49 211 81-12672
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