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Research Training Group

genes, environment, inflammation

Within this Research Training Group we will study the environmental influences responsible for the development of complex, chronic diseases. Moreover, we will systematically examine the previously understudied interplay between the (micro)-environment and predisposing genetic factors...

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The scientists in the Research Training Group (RTG) want to find out

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  • how the non-genetical schemes in the cell change during the development of chronic inflammatory diseases;
  • how diet influences the development of inflammatory diseases;
  • new statistical and bioinformatical ways to express research results.


a team of young and innovative scientists who are experts in the fields of:

  • molecular biology
  • human genetics
  • immunology
  • bioinformatics
  • biochemistry
  • microbiology
  • epidemiology
  • statistics.

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The purpose of the structured doctoral student programme is to:

  • enable young scientists to obtain their doctoral degree within three years;
  • qualify doctoral students for postdoctoral work;
  • impart interdisciplinary knowledge;
  • promote postgraduate students' transferrable skills.

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Latest News

2 Dec, 2016
Genome-wide host-microbiome association analyses in the general German population

Canadian artists summarized every talk on a white board.

Andre Franke, speaker of the RTG 1743, was invited to give a talk at the Connaught International Symposium 2016, presented by GEMINI Connaught Program and Department of Immunology, University of Toronto on Nov 21-22 at the historic Hart House. The symposium dealt with the critical issue of gene x environment interactions in chronic inflammatory diseases. World leaders in this field gave talks and hosted panels.


Immunology - University of Toronto