News Feed www.cpc-researchschool.org News via RSS de www.cpc-researchschool.org Fri, 13 Sep 2019 05:22:15 +0200 Fri, 13 Sep 2019 05:22:15 +0200 TYPO3 EXT:news news-25648 Tue, 02 Jul 2019 12:16:02 +0200 Munich International Autumn School for Respiratory Medicine 2019 - Call for Applications It is our pleasure to announce the 7th Munich International Autumn School (MIAS), which will take place from November 11 to 15, 2019. For further information, please take a look at the flyer.

Please send your application by September 23, 2019, including a CV and a list of publications as well as a motivation letter (1/2 page), to research-school@cpc-munich.org. Applications will be reviewed by the MIAS organizing committee. Successful applicants will be notified via email approximately six weeks after the application deadline.

Costs for accommodation and meals are covered by the CPC Research School and AtemWeg - The Lung Disease Research Foundation. Travel costs must be covered by the applicants or their institutions. Fellowships for travel costs may be awarded to selected applicants.

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news-25619 Mon, 01 Jul 2019 13:17:00 +0200 Introduction to Translational Lung Research 2019 You are cordially invited to attend the Introductory Module 2019:

Fundamentals of Lung Biology and Physiology: Introductory module aiming at familiarizing students from different scientific and academic backgrounds with lung biology and physiology. November 05-07, 2019. Preliminary Program

Methods in Translational Research: MD and PhD students present fundamental biomedical methods and technologies, which they will use within the framework of their work. Topics and content are added on a relevant basis and include: Animal models, cell and tissue culture, functional analysis and cellular imaging, flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, generation of antibodies, microscopy, nucleic acid analysis, protein analysis, protein-DNA interaction, protein-protein interaction, screening animals, transgene animals and knockout animals. This presentation will be graded and constitutes 20% of the final grade for the introductory module. November 19-21, 2019.

Written Examination: The objective of the exam is to assess the progress made by the students towards attaining the skills and knowledge described above which are necessary for completing the MD or PhD. Outstanding exams are awarded with a travel grant to help offset costs associated with the attendance at a conference of their choice. The exam is comprised of content from the Fundamentals of Lung Biology and Physiology and Methods in Translational Research. The written exam will constitute 80% of the final grade for the introductory module. December 20, 2019.

To proceed with the Research School curriculum, students need to pass the introductory module with >65%. The grade is comprised of 20% from the Methods presentation and 80% from the written exam.

Project Design & Presentation: Students present an outline of their MD or PhD work that they will pursue, i.e. defining clear research questions and the approaches which will be used to answer them, highlighting originality/significance of the project, and explaining how the project adds to, develops or challenges existing literature in the field. January 15, 2020.

This module is mandatory for all doctoral candidates working on a research project at the Comprehensive Pneumology Center (Class of 2019) and for students aiming for a degree in translational lung research (Ph.D. Medical Research) as part of the Munich Medical Research School (MMRS). Everyone else is welcome to join.

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news-25639 Thu, 27 Jun 2019 13:08:46 +0200 Student travel award for Lin Yang Lin Yang, PhD student in Otmar Schmid's lab "Dynamics of Inflammatory Lung Diseases" at the ILBD, received one of the very competitive student travel awards for the 6th Nano Today conference, which took place in Lisbon, Portugal, from June 16-20, 2019. He was also selected to give a 15 min presentation entitled “Deciphering the pulmonary delivery and fate of nanomedicine in intact murine lungs” during the conference.

Congratulations, Lin!

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news-25615 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:47:51 +0200 DZL Platform Imaging Workshop 2019 We are very pleased to invite you to the DZL Platform Imaging Workshop 2019, which will take place at the Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC-M) in Munich-Großhadern, October 23 -24, 2019.

--> Preliminary program and registration form

Since participation in some workshops is limited, we kindly ask for early registration. Registration is now open and ends July 15th.

The final program and details about the venue will follow in due course.

With best regards,

The Munich Organisation Team (Prof. Dinkel / Dr. Burgstaller / Project Management Radiology)

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news-25614 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:14:31 +0200 Position available: Research School Coordinator "Lung Biology and Disease" The CPC Research School "Lung Biology and Disease" at the Comprehensive Pneumology Center/Institute for Lung Biology is an international and interdisciplinary training program for MD and PhD students in medicine and science. Under the supervision of well-known lung experts, the students are conducting innovative research projects in a translational environment bridging fundamental research and applied clinical research. They hereby benefit from a comprehensive curriculum on an internationally high level in collaboration with the Graduate School Environmental Health (HELENA) at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Munich Medical Research School (MMRS) at the LMU's Faculty of Medicine.

We are looking for a Research School Coordinator "Lung Biology and Disease" (temporary, until October 31, 2020): 

 

Job Description

  • Developing and organizing events and training courses in the framework of the Research School, e. g. lectures, seminars, symposia, workshops, training schools, retreats, and conferences
  • Contact person for postgraduate students in medicine (MD) and science (PhD, Dr. rer. nat und äquiv.) regarding all organizational and university-related matters, as well as legal information and advice/support
  • Administrative tasks (administration of transcript of records/ECTS points, Thesis Advisory Committees (TAC), Supervision/Target Agreements and TAC Meetings, etc.)
  • Designing/Management of the training program in close collaboration with the scientists
  • International and interdisciplinary cooperation with the collaboration partners (Universities, BMBD health centers)
  • Maintenance and further establishment of the Research School network
  • Coordinating, preparing, and writing project proposals and reports
  • Coordinating the job advertisements/interviews/selection process of new MDs or PhDs as well as supervising the application process
  • Outreach Activities (Website, Social Media, Science communication)
  • Procurement of third party funding and supporting programs and financial monitoring

More details here. Please apply via the HMGU online platform.

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news-25497 Tue, 30 Apr 2019 10:13:08 +0200 Career Center @ CPC - May 10, 2019 Spring has arrived and is bringing a full shipload of career-related topics like career decision making, professional status check or resume and cover letter writing. Get ready to navigate your career with:

Career Center @ CPC (Friday, May 10, 2019):

10:00 – 11:30 am: Brown Bag Breakfast: Introduction HMGU Career Center Services & Career FAQ - Everybody is welcome!!!

11:30 – 04:30 pm: Walk-in Career Consultation (short individual sessions, limited slots available, registration on site - first come, first serve)

Location: CPC, Max-Lebsche-Platz 31, seminar room 2nd floor

Flyer

For organizational reasons, please register until May 08, 2019 (noon):  terminplaner4.dfn.de/I3ghRGJAUsxFalju

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news-25496 Tue, 30 Apr 2019 10:11:58 +0200 CPC Research School Retreat 2019 Following a one-day presentation and communication skills workshop, the PhD students from the Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC) had the great opportunity to join this year’s retreat organized by the CPC Research School to check out their newly acquired skills. The retreat took place in Lenggries at the beautiful Sylvenstein reservoir on April 29 and 30, 2019. During these two days (program), the students not only presented their own research projects and latest results, they also had the chance to participate in fruitful discussions and chair the sessions of their peers. The CPC Research School team provided very helpful individual assessment of the scientific content. During another round of feedback by an external communications expert, the participants learned how to further improve their presentation style. The program was completed with an introduction to grant writing, which made the students aware of the importance of funding opportunities for a career in science.

Given the setting, it was easy to get in touch with each other and spend some quality time together. Although the weather did not quite play ball, everybody was eager to join the hiking activity. Bundled up in water-proof clothing, the students and trainers enjoyed a walk through the lovely nature of the Alpine foothills. Networking and bonding continued over a great variety of food and drinks.

Overall, this year’s Research School Retreat was a great success with very helpful feedback, fruitful discussions, nice get-togethers, and a lot of fun as well. Thanks to everyone for their contribution and support - also to HELENA, Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health, for financially supporting this retreat.

By Sabine Behrend, Student Representative, CPC Research School

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news-25491 Fri, 26 Apr 2019 14:04:12 +0200 Spirometry Day @ CPC You are cordially invited to attend the CPC Spirometry Workshop on May 09, 2019.

Details and preliminary program

 

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news-25495 Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:07:00 +0200 ETRS Annual Scientific Meeting 2019: Tissue regeneration - From basic science to clinical translation **Abstract submission extended until May 22, 2019**

On behalf of Dr. Yuval Rinkevich, you are cordially invited to join the ETRS Annual Scientific Meeting 2019 at the Isarforum Munich, September 11-13, and YI-pre-conference workshop/networking event (limited numbers), prior to the meeting on September 10, 2019.

Register now! https://www.etrs2019.de

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news-25421 Fri, 05 Apr 2019 08:49:42 +0200 Girls' and Boys' Day 2019 Once again, the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth as well as the Federal Ministry of Education and Research initiated the nationwide Girls’ and Boys’ Day. On this day, students have the chance to get a glimpse of different professions and disciplines, especially those that counteract gender specific prejudices.

Dedicated to this cause, the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU), German Research Center for Health and Environment, joined in to promote this great initiative. On March 28, 2019, the Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC, part of the HMGU) invited 12 motivated young girls to reveal the exciting occupation of a scientist in the field of medical research. Program

Following an introduction to the institute and safety in the laboratories, the girls had the opportunity to do some hands-on lab work and experiments. They did not only perform DNA extractions from fruits, they also got insights into cell culture of healthy lung cells and abnormal cells from lung fibrosis. They could experience latest microscopy methods with virtual reality glasses. As a highlight, the girls created their own ice cream with the aid of liquid nitrogen. In a final round with all participants, the young scientists took advantage of the possibility to ask everything about the institute, career options, the different paths that can lead to medical research and more. The wide range and large number of questions proved the girls’ enthusiasm and interest.

All CPC scientists that participated in this year’s Girls’ and Boys’ Day greatly enjoyed spending time with the motivated girls and were happy to pass on some of their knowledge and keenness in the exciting, fast-moving field of natural sciences and biomedical research. We hope the girls relished this opportunity as much as we did. The CPC is already registered for the next Girls’ and Boys’ Day in March 2020 and trusts that the following years will be equally successful!

By Sabine Behrend, Student Representative.

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news-25415 Wed, 03 Apr 2019 13:02:21 +0200 MD project available (Dr. med.) Promotionsarbeit am Comprehensive Pneumology Center: Die Partner am Institut für Lungenbiologie des Helmholtz Zentrum München und am Transplantationszentrum der Universitätsklinik der LMU vergeben eine strukturierte, experimentelle Doktorarbeit mit dem Thema:

Analyse der antioxidativ und inflammatorisch wirksamen Mechanismen primärer humaner bronchialer Epithelzellen nach Exposition mit relevanten Umweltpartikeln

Die erfolgreiche Isolation, Kultivierung und Differenzierung bronchialer Epithelzellen der Lunge in Goblet/Club/Mukuszellen und Zillien-tragenden Zellen ermöglicht die Bildung humaner Neomukosa in vitro. Hierdurch wird die in vitro und ex vivo Analyse molekularer inflammatorischer und antioxidativer Pathomechanismen in humanen Zellsystemen ermöglicht. Der Vergleich gesunder und kranker Zellen gibt Einblick in krankheitsrelevante Mechanismen.

Wir suchen eine(n) engagierte(n) Doktoranden(in) mit Interesse an neuen Fragestellungen bei der Erforschung von Krankheitsmechanismen im Bereich der chronischen Lungenerkrankungen in enger Beziehung zur Lungentransplantation und Umweltmedizin.

Aufgaben

Charakterisierung der immunomodulatorischen Wirkmechanismen primärer humaner Bronchialzellen nach Exposition mit Umweltpartikeln

Methoden

  • Isolation und Kultur primärer humaner Bronchialepithelzellen
  • Exposition der Zellen mit Umweltpartikeln (standardisiertes Exposure-System)
  • Immunofluoreszenz, ELISA, qPCR, Immunoblot

Voraussetzungen

  • Freisemester erwünscht
  • Geschätzte Dauer: 12-15 Monate

Förderungsmöglichkeiten

  • Die Präsentation der Ergebnisse bei der jährlichen Tagung des Deutschen Zentrums für Lungenforschung (DZL) ist vorgesehen, ebenfalls ist eine Publikation der Ergebnisse möglich.
  • Eine Nebentätigkeit als Mitglied des Munich Lung Tissue Teams ist vorgesehen.

Kontakt

PD Dr. med. Anne Hilgendorff, anne.hilgendorff@helmholtz-muenchen.de

Dr. med. Gabriel Stoleriu, stoleriu@helmholtz-muenchen.de

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news-25358 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 13:20:23 +0100 Michael Gerckens receives award at DGP Congress 2019 Michael Gerckens, MD student and physician scientist in the core unit "Live Cell Imaging" (head: Dr. Gerald Burgstaller) at the Comprehensive Pneumology Center, received an award in the Section “Cell Biology” at the 60th DGP (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Pneumologie und Beatmungsmedizin) Congress in Munich. His outstanding contribution was honoured by a jury at the DGP-Autumn-Conference of the Section “Cell Biology” in Essen in November 2018 and has now been awarded at the next level at the opening and award ceremony of the DGP Annual Congress.


Michael’s project is focused on translational aspects of respiratory medicine. In the work presented during the award-winning lecture “High-throughput drug screening of ECM deposition inhibitors for antifibrotic drug discovery", the scientists developed a phenotypic high-throughput assay to discover and develop new drugs against fibrotic pulmonary disease (e.g. idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis). Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a severe restrictive lung disease with a mean survival of 3-5 years.  
 

The 60th DGP Congress of the German Society of Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine took place in Munich from March 13-16, 2019 and has been organized together with the 41st Annual Meeting of the Society for Pediatric Pneumology. As part of the congress, lectures and scientific training courses, symposia, and seminars were offered for the different professions in the field of pneumology.

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news-24314 Fri, 08 Mar 2019 10:11:00 +0100 Sustainable World: Global Challenges for Life Scientists - Register now! This is a collaborative event organized by the Life Science Network Munich, the life science graduate programs in the greater Munich area, affiliated with the LMU, TUM, Helmholtz Zentrum, and the MPIs. Our network hosts events on superordinate topics broadly relevant for life scientists, such as good scientific practice (Responsible Research 2014/2017) and emerging technologies (Cutting-Edge Technologies 2015).

For 2019, we are addressing the topic of sustainability, with support from the Forum für Verantwortung.

 

Talks will be presented from experts on different topics related to sustainability, world health issues, environment, and climate change, giving our audience also a handle on constructive steps toward achieving sustainability and Global Goals.

Program is coming soon on www.lifescience-munich.de

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Location: BMC, Small auditorium
Time: 10:00-18:00

REGISTRATION: https://www.responsibleresearch.graduatecenter.uni-muenchen.de/event2019/registration

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news-25393 Fri, 01 Mar 2019 10:17:00 +0100 Flavia Greiffo receives ERS Short-Term Research Fellowship Flavia Greiffo, PhD student in the CPC core unit "Immunophenotyping" headed by Dr. Isis Fernandez, has received an European Respiratory Society (ERS) Short-Term Research Training Fellowship. Starting in July, the grant will support a three months lab exchange with the Lagares Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, investigating tissue repair, regeneration, and fibrosis. Together with the group of David Lagares, Flavia aims to investigate the effect of ADAM10 in fractalkine shedding and recruitment of monocytes in lung fibrosis.

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news-24285 Mon, 25 Feb 2019 10:01:39 +0100 Severine Cranz receives prize for the Best Poster in Endstage Lung Disease (ELD) at the 8th DZL Annual Meeting Severine Cranz, PhD student in the CPC/ILBD’s core unit “Live Cell Imaging” and member of the CPC Research School, received the best poster award in the disease area “Endstage Lung Disease (ELD)” at the 8th DZL (German Center for Lung Research) Annual Meeting, which took place in Mannheim from February 7 to 8, 2019, with over 480 clinicians and researchers attending.

Severine Cranz - together with her direct supervisors Dr. Gerald Burgstaller (ILBD) and Prof. Dr. Dr. Melanie Königshoff (LRR) - presented a poster with the title “Studying homing of basic lung cell types into their native niche of decellularized ex vivo human lung slices by 4D live-cell light sheet microscopy”. The aim of the study is to use stem cells for repopulating 3D lung scaffolds, which are void of functional lung cells after a special decellularization procedure, to re-build new lungs for transplantation. For that, they investigate the interaction of the extracellular matrix and stem cells, and try to understand how this crosstalk might influence cellular behavior. As one state-of-the-art technology, the researchers used a brand-new lightsheet microscope that - due its incredible fast image acquisition - can be used to study the dynamics, behavior, and interaction of lung stem cells over time in 3D.

The German Center for Lung Research (DZL) is an association of the leading university and non-university institutions dedicated to lung research in Germany. Using translational research methods, the DZL seeks to jointly develop new approaches for the prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of serious lung diseases focusing on eight disease areas.

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news-24287 Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:14:00 +0100 Sustainable World: Global Challenges for Life Scientists SAVE THE DATE: April 11, 2019

This is a collaborative event organized by the Life Science Network Munich, the life science graduate programs in the greater Munich area, affiliated with the LMU, TUM, Helmholtz Zentrum, and the MPIs. Our network hosts events on superordinate topics broadly relevant for life scientists, such as good scientific practice (Responsible Research 2014/2017) and emerging technologies (Cutting-Edge Technologies 2015).

For 2019, we are addressing the topic of sustainability, with support from the Forum für Verantwortung.

 

Talks will be presented from experts on different topics related to sustainability, world health issues, environment, and climate change, giving our audience also a handle on constructive steps toward achieving sustainability and Global Goals.

Program is coming soon on www.lifescience-munich.de
PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Location: BMC, Small auditorium
Time: 10:00-18:00

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news-24286 Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:08:00 +0100 CPC Lecture Series: "Machine Learning in Single Cell Genomics" Fabian Theis You are cordially invited to attend the following seminar:

"Machine Learning in Single Cell Genomics"Prof. Dr. Dr. Fabian Theis (Head of Institute of Computational Biology, Group Leader Machine Learning, Helmholtz Zentrum München)

March 21, 2019 at 5 pmCampus Neuherberg, seminar room 121 in building 58. For those who cannot make it to NHB: We'll set up a live streaming in the CPC seminar room, 2nd floor. 

Feel free to share this information with interested colleagues and collaborators!

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news-24184 Tue, 22 Jan 2019 11:16:45 +0100 Workshop Presentation and Communication Skills Matthias Beckmann from Sprachraum eG will host a Presentation and Communication Skills workshop on March 29, 2019 at the CPC in Großhadern. 

 

Topics:

Factors of a good scientific presentation

Powerful presentation language (incl. body language, voice etc.) - supporting your message

Platform skills - for clear visualisation and high creativity

Finding out what your strengths are and developing your individual presentation profile

Learning how to lead the audience from your first appearance on stage until the last question in the discussion

How to deal with difficulties 

 

Please register by sending an email to research-school@cpc-munich.org

 

More details coming soon! 

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news-24130 Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:21:03 +0100 CPC Lecture Series: "Controlling nanoparticle-placenta interactions: Mechanistic insights through advanced in vitro and ex vivo human models" Tina Buerki-Thurnherr You are invited to attend the following seminar:

"Controlling nanoparticle-placenta interactions: Mechanistic insights through advanced in vitro and ex vivo human models", Dr. Tina Buerki-Thurnherr (Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, St. Gallen, Switzerland)

February 21, 2019 at 4 pm, CPC seminar room, Max-Lebsche-Platz 31, 81377 Munich, 2nd floor 

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news-24129 Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:16:48 +0100 CPC Lecture Series: "Synthetic Biology at Tissue-Level: Microengineered Human Lung-on-a-Chip for Disease Modeling and Personalized Therapeutics" Kambez Benam You are invited to attend the following seminar:

"Synthetic Biology at Tissue-Level: Microengineered Human Lung-on-a-Chip for Disease Modeling and Personalized Therapeutics", Dr. Kambez Benam (Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, Departments of Medicine & Bioengineering, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, USA)

January 22, 2019 at 5 pm, CPC seminar room, Max-Lebsche-Platz 31, 81377 Munich, 2nd floor

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news-24183 Mon, 03 Dec 2018 10:45:00 +0100 Young talents for future respiratory research: The Munich International Autumn School for Respiratory Medicine 2018 With increasing and alarming numbers of patients suffering from lung diseases worldwide, there is an urgent need for novel therapeutic and diagnostic strategies. Respiratory research is therefore indispensable and must be modern and translational.

From all over the world, about 15 young and motivated participants from the scientific and medical field had been selected to join the 6th Munich International Autumn School (MIAS) for Respiratory Medicine in November 2018. The event is organized by the Research School of the Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC) at Helmholtz Zentrum München. Financial support has been granted by the Stiftung AtemWeg and Boehringer Ingelheim.

The conceptual idea of MIAS is to provide a platform for scientific exchange with renowned scientists in the field, hands-on practical training modules both in laboratory and clinical setting, and networking to foster international collaborations and translational research ideas. 

The one-week program was kicked off by a productive poster session, where participants demonstrated their research interests and current findings to allow for mingling and first contact between themselves and with researchers at the CPC. The following days, participants were assigned to various experimental training modules with special focus on standard and novel technologies for modern respiratory research, including (primary) cell culture and animal models, flow cytometry, biotechnological and imaging applications, and single cell RNA sequencing. The participants gained detailed insights into the importance of translating scientific findings into clinical practice when they visited different hospitals in Munich (University Hospital system at Ludwig Maximilians University and the Asklepios Lung Specialist Hospital in Gauting).

The MIAS curriculum included various lectures that were held by renowned scientists reporting on novel findings and technologies to motivate the early career scientists and clinicians for their own research interests and to think outside the box. Interactive lunch sessions and regular coffee breaks were used to interact with the speakers and to get specific questions answered.

The MIAS program ended with the traditional MIAS Dinner at the Caribbean Casino in Munich – a unique opportunity to once again discuss and interact freely and informally with both the international guest speakers and the scientists and clinicians from CPC and the Munich Hospitals. There was room for more questions and interaction but also for fun times, especially on the dancefloor.

I have been invited to contribute to this year’s MIAS event by sharing my expertise and knowledge with all those excellent people. It was a pleasure to meet all participants, to network with all experts and lecturers, especially those from abroad. It was a great opportunity for us as well!
We want to thank everyone for attending this event and making it again another highlight of the year. A special thanks to Dr. Doreen Franke for the great organization and coordination of the event. Thanks to our sponsors for all the support we got and last, but not least, thanks to everyone here at the CPC, the Helmholtz Zentrum München, and all clinicians that took some of their valuable time to contribute to our event.

Maximilian Strunz
PhD student and student representative

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news-23845 Wed, 26 Sep 2018 14:49:08 +0200 Poster Award for Chaido Ori Chaido Ori, PhD student in the CPC Research School and in Micha Drukker's research group "Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Lineage Choice" at the Institute of Stem Cell Research at Helmholtz Zentrum München, received a poster award at the GSCN conference, which took place in Heidelberg from September 19-21, 2018. Chaido presented her poster entitled "Generation of lung organoids from hiPSC-derived multipotent lung progenitor cells" in the session "Stem cells in regenerative therapies". Congratulations!

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news-23844 Wed, 26 Sep 2018 14:42:18 +0200 Methods in Translational Research Date: October 24-26, 2018

MD and PhD students present fundamental biomedical methods and technologies, which they will use within the framework of their work. Topics and content are added on a relevant basis and include: Animal models, cell and tissue culture, functional analysis and cellular imaging, flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, generation of antibodies, microscopy, nucleic acid analysis, protein analysis, protein-DNA interaction, protein-protein interaction, screening animals, transgene animals and knockout animals.

This presentation will be graded and constitutes 20% of the final grade for the introductory module.

This course is mandatory for all new MD and PhD students (class of 2018) and those who have not completed the course yet; everyone else is welcome to join.

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news-23843 Wed, 26 Sep 2018 10:24:00 +0200 Poster Award for Lin Yang Lin Yang, PhD student in Otmar Schmid's lab "Dynamics of Inflammatory Lung Diseases" at the ILBD, received a poster award at the NanoTox 2018 International Conference (http://nanotox2018.org/), which took place in Neuss from September 18-21, 2018. Lin presented his poster with the title "Novel imaging tools for deciphering pulmonary delivery and 3D cellular distribution of nanomaterials" in a session with over 130 posters in total. Congratulations, Lin!

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news-23819 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:29:51 +0200 German-French Lung Retreat in Paris, France, September 12-13, 2018 Shortly before the international ERS Congress, MD and PhD students and post-docs from the German-French Lung School met for a two-day-retreat in Paris to discuss scientific topics as well as to build up and foster their bilateral network.

The German-French Lung School was founded in 2013 as cooperation between the German Center for Lung Research (DZL) and the French Institute National De La Santé Et De La Recherche Médicale (Inserm) with the aim of promoting young scientists and providing new impetus in international lung research. This year’s retreat was organized by Doreen Franke and Claudia Staab-Weijnitz (Helmholtz Zentrum München, CPC-M), as well as Nathalie Grivel, Christophe Guignabert, Marc Humbert, and Roger Marthan (Inserm). 

The event offered great opportunities for building new research connections. The conference started with a short welcome speech by Christian Boitard (IT / ITMO PMN), Marc Humbert, and Claudia Staab-Weijnitz from the organizing committee, followed by a keynote lecture given by Bradley Maron from the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. During the evening event - a dinner cruise on the Seine - all participants had ample opportunities for networking and scientific discussions in a wonderful and scenic setting. 

On Thursday, the young scientists took the opportunity to present and discuss their results in scientifc sessions and in two poster sessions and walks, addressing a plethora of topics in respiratory research: Pulmonary Hypertension, Lung Fibrosis, Asthma & Allergy, Environmental Challenges for the Lung, Lung Cancer, and Novel Technologies in Experimental Lung Research and Bioengineering. 

The conference concluded with an informal career mentoring session accompanied with red and white wine. Antje Brand (CPC, Helmholtz Zentrum München), Peter Dorfmüller (University of Giessen and Inserm Paris), and Oliver Eickelberg (Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus) discussed important aspects of professional choices and shared advice on career decisions. As unique as the personal stories of each person were, they jointly agreed in one thing: Follow your aptitude and be passionate about what you do. Roger Marthan concluded the session with acknowledging all scientific contributions and thanking the organizers for a successful German-French Retreat.

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news-23795 Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:24:16 +0200 Poster Award for Lin Yang Lin Yang, PhD student in Otmar Schmid's lab "Dynamics of Inflammatory Lung Diseases" at the ILBD, received the first prize in the poster session "Basic Nanomedicine" at the 11th European and Global Summit for Clinical Nanomedicine, Targeted Delivery and Precision Medicine – The Building Blocks to Personalized Medicine, which took place in Basel, Switzerland, from September 02-05, 2018 (https://www.clinam.org/). Lin presented his poster with the title "Novel imaging tools for deciphering pulmonary delivery and 3D cellular distribution of nanomaterials" in the poster session "Basic Nanomedicine" with over 110 posters in total. Congratulations, Lin!

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news-23768 Fri, 24 Aug 2018 13:09:31 +0200 Public outreach activities of the CPC Research School at "Mini-München" 2018 “Mini-München”, which took place in the Olympiapark from July 30 to August 17, 2018, is the biggest municipal summer holiday program for children in Munich and features a parent-free area with city-like structures, where children get employed, study at the university, make money, and shape the city in every thinkable way. Organized and supervised by PD Dr. Claudia Staab-Weijnitz, Scientific Director of the CPC Research School, Mini-München this year included an area on air and lung research, in the so-called “Forschungsstadt” at Mini-München University. For the complete three-week duration of Mini-München, we, i.e. alumni, PhD and MD students from the CPC Research School, were engaged to teach the young Mini-München scientists about lung physiology and pathology in a playful and entertaining manner. For instance, together with the young students, we carefully investigated real pig lungs and not only characterized anatomical structures like lobes, fissurae, arteriae, venae, and bronchi but also learnt about thoracic pressures, breathing physiology, and the function of mucus. It was quite impressive for the young researchers to inflate different bronchi and see the corresponding lobe getting bloated.

Since research in lung diseases is our main work at the ILBD/CPC, we also illustrated the devastating consequences of cigarette consumption, which is the most avoidable risk factor for many lung pathologies. How does it feel for a long-term smoker to climb up to the fifth floor? To comprehend the impact of cigarette smoke on our health, the young researchers did some physical exercise and afterwards tried breathing just through a drinking straw. The big effort to exhale through the straw made everyone breathe with mouth wide open after seconds already, providing everyone with a glimpse of what having COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which is mostly caused by smoking, may feel like. Furthermore, in order to illustrate how much dirt is actually delivered to the lung by smoking a cigarette, we positioned a white cotton pad into a special chamber and “smoked” one cigarette with the help of bellows. A similar experiment was done with cotton wool in a bottle. In both experiments, the kids could clearly see how many toxic combustion residues are passing the cigarette filter which is actually made to protect smoker lungs from tar and other pathogenic substances in the cigarette. 

The last picture nicely shows how much dirt actually reaches the lungs of smokers who just want the nicotine. And keep in mind: This was just one cigarette! The kids also calculated the costs for one pack of cigarettes per day in a year. And all young and grown-up scientists agreed that one could have much more fun investing 2300 (in words: two thousand and three hundred) Euros in a nice city trip or better food or also a new mobile phone.

Our info-training lectures contributed to health education and smoking prevention and we hope that some young researcher will let their friends know that smoking is anything but cool, should the subject come up. And say “no” when being offered a smoke.

Johannes Nowak  

For more information on the Mini-München concept, also refer to http://www.mini-muenchen.info/index.php?article_id=19

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news-23767 Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:01:00 +0200 Introductory Seminars - Fundamentals of Lung Biology and Physiology You are cordially invited to join the seminars "Fundamentals of Lung Biology and Physiology", which will take place from September 26-28, 2018 (CPC seminar room 2nd floor, Max-Lebsche-Platz 31).

Preliminary program

This course is mandatory for all new MD and PhD students (class 2018/19) and those who have not completed the course yet; everyone else is welcome to join.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in September.

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news-23608 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:22:25 +0200 German-French Retreat in Paris - Preliminary Program available It is our sincere pleasure to announce the next German-French Lung Retreat, which will take place in Paris right before the ERS International Congress (https://erscongress.org), on September 12 and 13, 2018. Please take a look at the program to see your session assignment.

Date: September 12-13, 2018

Location: Biopark Auditorium (11 Rue Watt, 75013 Paris)

We are looking forward to seeing you in Paris.

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news-23559 Fri, 29 Jun 2018 13:59:00 +0200 6th Munich International Autumn School 2018 - Call for Applications! It is our pleasure to announce the 6th Munich International Autumn School (MIAS), which will take place from November 26 to 30, 2018.

This year’s Munich International Autumn School offers a limited number of training positions to clinicians or scientists with a MD or PhD background. Please see the flyer for details.

Please send your application until July 31, 2018, including a CV and a list of publications as well as a motivation letter (1/2 page), to research-school@cpc-munich.org. Applications will be reviewed by the MIAS organizing committee. Successful applicants will be notified in due time via email. Costs for accommodation and meals are covered by the CPC Research School and AtemWeg - The Lung Disease Research Foundation, supported by an unrestricted educational grant by Boehringer Ingelheim.

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