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...
The scientists in the Research Training Group (RTG) want to find out
- 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
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.
The two full-day event started the evening before, on the 6th of June, when all the RTG members, symposium speakers and other invited guests joined together for dinner. However, this was not an ordinary dinner, as it took place on a sailing boat - the Zuiderzee. The weather could not have been better. This gave the researchers not only continuous opportunities to get in conversation with renown scientists invited as speakers, but also to admire the city of Kiel from a totally different point of view – the water.
The first full day of the Symposium was nicknamed as the “Science Day”, as it composed of three sessions: (i) Genes, (ii) Environment and (iii) Inflammation during which scientists and RTG members discussed the latest insights into the interactions among the three. It started with a short welcome speech by Prof. Dr. Franke on behalf of the RTG and Ms. Resch, on behalf of the doctoral students – the organizers of the Symposium. Each session was chaired by the doctoral students, who introduced the speakers and moderated the discussions after each talk.
The first session with the main focus on Genes consisted of talks by Prof. Dr. Kucinskas (Vilnius University), Prof. Dr. Semple (University of Edinburgh) and Prof. Dr. Simpson (King’s College London). Unfortunately, the fourth speaker, Prof. Dr. Natoli from Humanitas University in Italy had to cancel last minute, however, this proved to be a good organizational challenge which was a learning experience...