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  Elisabeth Lang
  Glückstr. 6
  D-91054 Erlangen
  Phone: +49 9131-85 35913
  Fax: +49 9131-85 39343

About the Symposium

The 3rd International GK Symposium "Regulators of Adaptive Immunity" will address recent advances in B and T cell biology as well as new findings regarding the development of autoimmune and leukemic diseases. The symposium will also provide a communication platform for highly motivated doctoral students and renowned experts in the field of immunology.

This symposium is organized by the graduate students of the DFG Research Training Programs GK592 (Director: Hans-Martin Jäck), GK/SFB643 (Director: Martin Herrmann) & GK1071 (Director: Bernhard Fleckenstein) & the Research Group FOR832 (Directors: Thomas Winkler & Hans-Martin Jäck). The Graduiertenkollegs (GK) and Forschergruppen (FOR) are supported in part by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the State of Bavaria to provide doctoral students with a structured educational and research program.

For more general information about Graduiertenkollegs and Forschergruppen please visit the DFG homepage.

DFG Research Training Program GK592 - Lymphocytes: Differentiation, Activation & Deviation

The DFG Research Training Program GK592 was founded in the year 2000 and is focused on the differentiation, activation and deviation of lymphocytes. Currently, 19 PhD students and 16 laboratories at 7 departments of the Friedrich-Alexander-University and the University Hospital are members of the GK592.

Beside the improvement of interdisciplinary cooperation and networking in the field of lymphocyte research our program aims to enhance our doctoral training by promoting scientific education and social skills. All our students will be advised by a supervision committee throughout their doctoral thesis work. The presentation and scientific writing skills of our graduate members benefit from lectures and workshops as well as by regularly scheduled internal and external symposia, e.g. with our collaborating GK Immunomodulation from Würzburg. One of the highlights of our training program is the opportunity to extend the horizon of experience by a fully financed stay in a laboratory abroad or by an internship in a biomedical company.

For further information please visit the GK592 homepage (in german).

DFG Research Training Program GK1071 - Viruses of the Immune System

The DFG Research Training Program GK1071 "Viruses of the Immune System" was established in 2005 and runs until 2013. Research topics cover AIDS pathogenesis, viral oncogenesis as well as therapy and prophylaxis of viral infections. Currently, 18 students are in the second or third year of their PhD projects and new students will be recruited by the end of 2010. In addition,3 PhD students associated with the program perform their thesis work in Boston as part of a special cooperation with Harvard Medical School.

Our research at the interface of virology and immunology encourages cooperation of the participating research groups working on viral immunodeficiency, basic startegies for prevention and therapy as well as oncogenicity of lymphotropic tumor viruses. Scientific training in the different fields is based on seminars given by external and internal speakers at the participating institutions. Additional training is provided by courses, e.g. presentation skills and scientific writing. Teamwork among the students in Erlangen is encouraged by a special GK seminar. Scientific exchange between Erlangen and Boston is a major focus of this program. Semi-annual retreats in Germany and in New England bring together the students and advisors from Erlangen and Boston for scientific presentations on the individual projects. These meetings also provide the opportunity for discussions with the mentors assigned to each of the students and for scientific and personal exchange at an international level.

For further information please visit the GK1071 homepage.

DFG Integrated Doctoral Training program GK/SFB643

The training program GK/SFB 643 was established in July 2008. The group consists currently of 16 PhD and four medical students. The training group is integrated in the research project group SFB 643 "Strategies of cellular immune intervention", whose research topics extend from basic science and animal models for immune interventions to patient care.

For further information please visit the GK/SFB643 homepage.

DFG Research Group FOR832 - Regulators of Adaptive Immunity

The DFG research group FOR832 was established in February 2007 to investigate the regulators of humoral immunity. Currently there are nine PhD students in eight laboratories investigating antibody repertoire formation, B cell maturation, signalling and antibody-mediated autoimmunity.

For further information please visit the FOR832 homepage.

Organizing Committee

For the Doctoral Research Training Program GK592:

Stefanie Thiele

Hans-Martin Jäck

For the Research Group FOR832:

Agnes Giniewski
Rebecca Winkelmann
Martina Porstner

Thomas Winkler
Hans-Martin Jäck

For the Doctoral Research Training Program GK/SFB643:

Kathrin Meinhardt
Christian Lehmann
Hanne Schoenen

Martin Herrmann
Alexander Steinkasserer

For the Doctoral Research Training Program GK1071:

Shohreh Mahmoudian
Christian Hofmann

Brigitte Biesinger
Bernhard Fleckenstein

Organizing Secretary

For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact our organizing secretary:

Elisabeth Lang
Glückstr. 6
D-91054 Erlangen

Phone: +49 9131-85 35913
Fax:     +49 9131-85 39343
eMail:   elang@molmed.uni-erlangen.de


Located in south-central Germany to the north of Nürnberg, Erlangen was first mentioned in 1002. Today, Erlangen is known by its university and university hospital. The University of Erlangen-Nürnberg was founded in 1743. Currently more than 27.300 students are enrolled in 5 different schools: medicine, law & business, natural sciences, engineering, philosophy and educational sciences.

For further information about Erlangen please visit the official homepage.

Congress Venue

The 3rd International GK Symposium "Regulators of Adaptive Immunity" will be held at the Rudolph-Wöhrl lecture hall of the Department of Internal Medicine in Erlangen, Germany.


Rudolph-Wöhrl Hörsaal - Innere Medizin
Östliche Stadtmauerstr. 11
D-91054 Erlangen

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Congress Venue

Additionally, you will find a detailed city map of Erlangen here.


Several hotels are located close to the conference venue. You will find a selection of recommendable accommodations here.

Please note: Reservations should be made directly with the hotel!


All participants must register until September 21, 2010. The additional fee for the optional congress party will include a buffet dinner and all drinks.

Registration Fees:

All Students (including Doktoranden): 30 €
All others: 80 €

Congress Party: 25 €

You will find the Online registration page here


Please transfer the fees for registration (€ 30 for students including Doktoranden, € 80 for all others) and congress party (€ 25) onto the following account:

Recipient: Universitätsklinikum Erlangen
Bank: Stadt- und Kreissparkasse Erlangen
Account No. (Kto-Nr.): 46404
Bank ID (BLZ): 763 500 00
Reason for payment (Verwendungszweck): 3345 2008, GK-Symposium 2010 (must be included !!!)

To avoid penalty charges please use for cross-border credit transfers our International Bank Account Number (IBAN) and Bank Identifier Code (BIC):
IBAN: DE 28 76350000 000000046404

After receipt of payment we will confirm your registration by e-mail. Payments can only reimbursed if cancellation has been received 4 weeks before October 17.


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Symposium Poster

Program Flyer

Congress Venue

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Exclusive Speakers Dinner on Friday, October 15th and Poster Session on Saturday, 16th

Please note: Both arrangements are for invited speakers as well as GK & FOR training program members only!

On Saturday October 16, we will have a special poster session with the invited speakers, the PhD students from the three DFG Research Training Programs GK592 (Lymphocytes: Differentiation, Activation & Deviation), GK1071 (Viruses of the Immune System) and GK/SFB643 (Cellular Therapy)as well as the DFG Research Group FOR832 (Regulators of Humoral Immunity). This is intended to be a selected event which gives our students the opportunity to discuss their projects and results with experienced scientists and to get feedback from experts in their field of research.

The internal poster session is followed by the congress party for all participants.

Congress Party on Saturday, October 16th

A congress party open to all attendees of the meeting will be held at the house of the student league Bubenreuth which is located very close to the conference venue. You will find a survey map under this link.

Please note: to cover the costs we have to charge 25 €. This fee will include a buffet dinner and all drinks.


You will find current information e.g., about important changes of the symposium program in the update section.