Second International RTG Symposium Genes, Environment and Inflammation

6 Dec, 2017


2nd International RTG 1743 Symposium:

Genes, Environment and Inflammation

June 7th- 8th, 2018

Center of Molecular Bio Sciences (ZMB), Kiel



Save the date: During the RTG's International Symposium in Kiel, scientists and RTG members discuss the latest insights into the interactions between genes, environment and inflammation.

June 7, 2018
Science Day
08:30-09:00 Welcome (Andre Franke, Milda Resch)
Session I GENES (Chair: Antonella Fazio and Isabelle Relling)
09:00-09:35 Genomic data illuminates demography, genetic structure and micro evolutionary processes in human populations
Vaidutis Kucinskas (Human Genome Research Center, Lithuania)
09:45-10:15 Transcriptional and chromatin-mediated control of inflammation
Gioacchino Natoli (Humanitas University, Italy)
10:15-10:45 Coffee Break - Poster Session
10:45-11:20 Pathological adipose remodeling and disease – human genetic insights
Robert Semple (University of Edinburgh, UK)
11:25-12:00 Genetics and inflammatory skin disease
Michael Simpson (King’s College London, UK)
12:00-13:00 Lunch break
Session II ENVIRONMENT (Chair: Nathalie Loeper and Lena Baumecker)
13:00-13:35 Chlamydiae in the environment - about the value of studying non-model organisms
Matthias Horn (University of Vienna, Austria)
13:40-14:15 Remote control of antitumoral immunity by the gut microbiota
Mathias Chamaillard (Institute Pasteur, France)
Session III INFLAMMATION (Chair: Mareike Wendorff and Foteini Beltsiou)
14:20-14:55 Vitamin D receptor regulates microbiome in inflammation and cancer: a story beyond bone
Jun Sun (University of Illinois, USA)
14:55-15:25 Coffee Break - Poster Session
15:25-16:00 Nucleic acid immunity: recent insight and implications for immunooncology
Gunther Hartmann (University of Bonn, Germany)
Sören Buus (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
16:45-17:00 Closing Remarks
June 8, 2018
Career Day
09:00-09:30 Welcome & final registration for workshops
Session I Career paths outside academia
09:30-11:30 Talks & Discussion
Confirmed until now:
Markus Cavalar
  Euroimmun AG - Head of Molecular Infection Diagnostics

Nadine Sydow
  Schnexagon© - From bench to business

Eike Feldmann
  AstraZeneca GmbH – Quality Assurance Manager

Volker El-Samalouti
  Laboratory for Clinical Research | LKF - Head of Laboratory, General Manager
11:30-12:00 Academia or Industry - Pros & Cons
Panel discussion
12:00-13:00 Lunch break
Session II Hands on your career path (registration required)
13:00-15:00 Workshop Writing a CV and cover letter, interpreting job ads
15:00-17:00 Workshop Job interview and salary negotiation, assessment center


Confirmed speakers:

Prof. Dr. Matthias Horn
At the University of Vienna he now holds a professorship for Microbial Symbioses at the Department of Microbial Ecology and Ecosystem Science.
Research topics: microbial symbioses, evolution of intracellular bacteria, microbial genome evolution and interplay of intracellular bacteria and eukaryotic host cells.
Prof. Dr. Vaidutis Kucinskas

Department of Human and Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University; Centre for Medical Genetics of Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Klinikos (Lithuania)
Research topics: human genome diversity and genetic process in human populations
Prof. Dr. Gioacchino Natoli

Full professor of Biochemistry at the Humanitas University of Milan (Italy).
Research topics: genomics and next generation sequencing technologies, transcriptional and epigenetic control of inflammation, transcriptional control of pancreatic tumorigenesis
Prof. Dr. Sören Buus

Professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology of the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). Head of the laboratory of experimental immunology.
Research topics: immunology and the immune Defence, The Structure of MHC Molecules, Vaccines.
Prof. Dr. Jun Sun

Prof. Dr. Jun Sun completed her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Toxicology and Pharmacology Institute in China. The Sun research group is currently housed at the University of Illinois in Chicago within the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Research topics: Dr. Sun's group established a Salmonella-infected colon cancer model and was the first to demonstrate Salmonella regulation of intestinal stem cells. Additionally, Dr. Sun's group studies the role of the Vitamin D receptor in maintaining homeostasis of the gut microbiome.
Prof. Dr. Michael Simpson

Professor at the department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at the King's College of London (UK), head of the genomic medicine group.
Research topics: understand the role of genomic variation in human diseases and traits
Prof. Dr. Robert Semple

Chair of translational molecular medicine, center for cardiovascular science of the University of Edinburgh.
Research topics: causes and consequences of abnormal insulin action in human disease


Registration will be open until 25th May 2018
(limited seats, confirmation via email by 30th April)

Center of Molecular Bio Sciences: ZMB

Am Botanischen Garten 11

24118 Kiel