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November 2010

A joint symposium on “Recent Advances in Eicosanoid and Sphingolipids” of the international research training group 757 “Roles in Eicosanoids in Biology and Medicine”, the Dr. Hans Kröner-Graduiertenkolleg and the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung is held on Nov. 4th, 2010 at the forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften in Bad Homburg. It marks the end of a successful DFG-funded research training group with the maximal period of support of 9 years, as well as the beginning of the Dr. Hans Kröner-Graduiertenkolleg whose first PhD students started in July 2010. A particular highlight is the keynote lecture by Prof. Bengt Samuelsson who received the Nobel prize in 1982 for the discovery of prostaglandins and related substances and their importance in health and disease. Other talks are given by project leaders and PhD students of the international research training group 757, the Dr. Hans Kröner-Graduiertenkolleg and PhD students funded by the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung.

July 2010

The Dr. Hans Kröner-Graduiertenkolleg with the topic “Eicosanoid and sphingolipid signalling pathways in inflammation, cancer and vascular diseases” started on July 1st. It expands and broadens the close and long-standing collaboration of the Goethe University and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. It follows on from the DFG-funded international research training group 757 “Roles of eicosanoids in biology and medicine” but places the emphasis not only on eicosanoids but also on sphingolipids and other lipid mediators.

December 2009

The research training group “Research, Development and Safety of Biopharmaceutical Drug – Biologicals” (GRK1172) has been evaluated positively by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and been granted a continuation for another 4.5 years.

The Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung in Bad Homburg grants funding for the Dr. Hans Kröner-Graduiertenkolleg “Eicosanoid and sphingolipid signalling pathways in inflammation, cancer and vascular diseases”. In total, 8 PhD studentships will be funded, 6 of which will be at Goethe-University Frankfurt and 2 will be places at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. The 6 scholarships in Frankfurt will be at the Faculty of Biochemistry, Chemistry & Pharmacy and the Faculty of Medicine. The application for the research training groups has been evaluated in November according to DFG rules. On Dec. 2nd, there was an inaugurational symposium at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften.



November 2008

Dr. Sandra Ulrich, former PhD student in the DFG-funded international research training group 757 „Roles of Eicosanoides in Biology and Medicine” in the lab of Prof. Jürgen Stein, received the Award for the Best PhD Thesis in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental Management of the University of Gießen (Dissertationsauszeichnung für die beste Doktorarbeit im Fachbereich Agrarwissenschaften, Ökotrophologie und Umweltmanagement). The title of her thesis is “Modulation of Polyamine metabolism as a chemopreventive strategy of phytochemicals in a cell culture model of colorectal cancers” Our Congratulations! Sandra is now working as a young investigator in the group of Prof. Stein continuing her studies on molecular mechanisms of beneficial health effects of different plant-derived compounds.


October 2008

Following the submission of her abstract, Divya Sekar in the group of Bernhard Brüne is invited to give a talk, entitled “Dendritic cell and subsequent effector T cell polarization by dying tumor cells” at the COMM Santé 1st International Conference on Immunochemotherapy in Paris (Oct. 17th/18th, 2008, She received a “German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina Fellowship” which was a travel fellowship. CONGRATULATIONS!


The GRK 757 PhD student Bettina Ecker in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Dr. Jürgen Stein received the Poster Award for the best poster presentation at the 62. annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verdauungs- und Stoffwechselkrankheiten (German Society for Digestive Disease in Berlin
(Oct. 1-4, 2008), CONGRATULATIONS !!


November 2007

Matthias Rupp in the group of Prof. Gisbert Schneider, won a POSTER AWARD for his poster "Molecular Similarity for Machine Learning in Drug Development" at the 3rd German Conference on Chemoinformatics in Goslar (Germany) from Nov. 11-13,2007. Matthias received an Apple ipod nano.
Matthias said: "Ich freue mich natürlich sehr über diese Auszeichnung, und da die FIRST durch Ihre Unterstützung meiner Promotion auch wesentlich zu diesem Erfolg beigetragen hat, möchte ich mich an dieser Stelle noch einmal ausdrücklich für die Förderung meiner Arbeit durch FIRST bedanken."

July 2007

Stephan Schultze-Straßer, PhD student funded by the Research Training Group 1172 “Biologicals” in the laboratory of Dr. Manuel Grez, received the Best-Presentation-Award of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gentherapie (DG-GT, German Society for Gene Therapy) at the annual meeting in Heidelberg for his poster entitled: Silencing of proviral transgene expression by CPG methylation in a gene therapy trial for the X-linked form of CGD.