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SUMMER RETREAT IN THE ALPENZOO
Date: 2020-07-09   Filed under: News

Due to the unprecedented times we have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, social gatherings were inevitably suspended. However, as the region of Tirol gradually saw a decrease in the number of cases, establishments in Innsbruck started to slowly open while adhering to safety measures. Thus, what better way to kick off our first social event than by visiting the Alpine Zoo! Our day was filled with delicious food, great company and a tour of some of the most interesting animals. We began our program with lunch at Gastgarten zur Eiche, were we had their specialty dish; Flammkuchen. This was followed by a talk by Reinhard, as he updated us on the PhD program courses for the next semester and study abroad plans. We then walked up to the Alpine Zoo, where we were greeted by the director of the zoo, Dr. André Stadler. The Alpine Zoo is unique in that it only showcases animals that are found in the Alpine region. André gave us an informative and engaging tour, as we saw some of the most endangered species, and we were also lucky enough to see a newborn baby lynx! Of course, we could not end the tour without taking a look at the godparent of CORVOS, the Corvus corax. After the end of the tour, we had enough time to take a look at the animals that we were personally interested in, until it was time to head to our next and final destination, dinner at Fischerhäusl. The restaurant was situated in the Old Town and it served exquisite traditional Austrian dishes. It was a special day as PhD students from HORORS, IIT and CORVOS were able to reconnect and spend a pleasant day together. We would like to thank our student representative, Franz, as well as Reinhard for organizing this day for us. We certainly cannot wait for our next event!

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PhD defensio during SARS-CoV-2-crisis
Date: 2020-04-10   Filed under: News

HOROS students were also busy during the SARS-CoV-2-crisis. Antonio Perez Hansen successfully defended his PhD thesis on 26th March. The defensio was held in the new Audimax of the Medical University of Innsbruck. It was a little strange, as only a very few HOROS students were present, due to a major quarantine in Tirol. The Audimax was almost empty and the examiners, thesis committee, family members and the students were distributed. However, Antonio did a great job and defended his work rare yeast species professionally – he can call himself “Dr. Perez-Hansen” – chapeau! Unfortunately, the celebration has to wait until we can team-up again. All the best for your next steps, Antonio!

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HOROS hosts DGHM working group „Eukaryotic pathogens“ Statusworkshop
Date: 2020-02-18   Filed under: News

The working group “Eukaryotic pathogens“ of the German Society on Microbiology and Hygiene (DGMH) held its annual meeting 2020 in Innsbruck and Axamer Lizum – for the second time in  Tyrol (after 2004). Reinhard Würzner was the congress president. As a co-founder, he created this working group more than 20 years ago. On 6 February almost a dozen short presentations evaluated the advances in basic research of eukaryotic pathogens. This working group is unique as it combines research in both, fungi and parasites. The additional benefit of this mutual approach is that these pathogens have much more in common, than, e.g., fungi and bacteria. The next day continued with topics on mucormycetes, opportunistic yeasts and plasmodia, crowned with the “Invited HOROS talk” on “Candidalysin” by Julian Naglik, King’s College London. He presented different functions of this multifaceted peptide. In the evening, the group went for a full moon night hike with torches to Hämmermoos Alm, Leutasch. After an educating lecture on pneumococcal vaccination, and a frugal dinner, we enjoyed the sledging experience down the slope.

The next day, this workshop continued in Lizum 1600, adjacent to the ski slopes of the Axamer Lizum. Another set of short presentations completed this highly interesting symposium, focusing again on Candida albicans, but also Aspergillus. Whereas most participants went straight back home, about a third enjoyed the mountainous surroundings with or without skiing adventure, followed by Aprés Ski in a bar tent near the slopes and a dinner with colleagues near the Golden Roof in the restaurant of the very same name in the Innsbruck Altstadt. Eight talks in the programme were submitted by Innsbruck researchers, four of them by HOROS students.

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HOROS plans summer retreat in the Alpenzoo – Renewal of godparentship
Date: 2020-02-18   Filed under: News

HOROS was one of the very strong influencers for the creation of the Marie Sklodowska Curie  doctoral programme CORVOS (www.corvos.eu) and thus it appears logic to plan a visit to the patron of this pan-European endeavor, the raven in the alpine zoo of Innsbruck. CORVOS involves 10 universities and 10 other partners, such as hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and research institutes. The coordinator of CORVOS (who is also the speaker HOROS) has just renewed the godparentship for the raven. On the occasion of this visit, planned on the 6th of July, an internal review of the programme will be held to reveal possible areas of improvement.

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Be up to date! Have a look at our most recent news, and if you want, you can also check the library for 

STAYS ABROAD, PROGRESS-REPORTS & CONGRESSES.



SUMMER RETREAT IN THE ALPENZOO
Date: 2020-07-09   Filed under: News

Due to the unprecedented times we have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, social gatherings were inevitably suspended. However, as the region of Tirol gradually saw a decrease in the number of cases, establishments in Innsbruck started to slowly open while adhering to safety measures. Thus, what better way to kick off our first social event than by visiting the Alpine Zoo! Our day was filled with delicious food, great company and a tour of some of the most interesting animals. We began our program with lunch at Gastgarten zur Eiche, were we had their specialty dish; Flammkuchen. This was followed by a talk by Reinhard, as he updated us on the PhD program courses for the next semester and study abroad plans. We then walked up to the Alpine Zoo, where we were greeted by the director of the zoo, Dr. André Stadler. The Alpine Zoo is unique in that it only showcases animals that are found in the Alpine region. André gave us an informative and engaging tour, as we saw some of the most endangered species, and we were also lucky enough to see a newborn baby lynx! Of course, we could not end the tour without taking a look at the godparent of CORVOS, the Corvus corax. After the end of the tour, we had enough time to take a look at the animals that we were personally interested in, until it was time to head to our next and final destination, dinner at Fischerhäusl. The restaurant was situated in the Old Town and it served exquisite traditional Austrian dishes. It was a special day as PhD students from HORORS, IIT and CORVOS were able to reconnect and spend a pleasant day together. We would like to thank our student representative, Franz, as well as Reinhard for organizing this day for us. We certainly cannot wait for our next event!

PhD defensio during SARS-CoV-2-crisis
Date: 2020-04-10   Filed under: News

HOROS students were also busy during the SARS-CoV-2-crisis. Antonio Perez Hansen successfully defended his PhD thesis on 26th March. The defensio was held in the new Audimax of the Medical University of Innsbruck. It was a little strange, as only a very few HOROS students were present, due to a major quarantine in Tirol. The Audimax was almost empty and the examiners, thesis committee, family members and the students were distributed. However, Antonio did a great job and defended his work rare yeast species professionally – he can call himself “Dr. Perez-Hansen” – chapeau! Unfortunately, the celebration has to wait until we can team-up again. All the best for your next steps, Antonio!

HOROS hosts DGHM working group „Eukaryotic pathogens“ Statusworkshop
Date: 2020-02-18   Filed under: News

The working group “Eukaryotic pathogens“ of the German Society on Microbiology and Hygiene (DGMH) held its annual meeting 2020 in Innsbruck and Axamer Lizum – for the second time in  Tyrol (after 2004). Reinhard Würzner was the congress president. As a co-founder, he created this working group more than 20 years ago. On 6 February almost a dozen short presentations evaluated the advances in basic research of eukaryotic pathogens. This working group is unique as it combines research in both, fungi and parasites. The additional benefit of this mutual approach is that these pathogens have much more in common, than, e.g., fungi and bacteria. The next day continued with topics on mucormycetes, opportunistic yeasts and plasmodia, crowned with the “Invited HOROS talk” on “Candidalysin” by Julian Naglik, King’s College London. He presented different functions of this multifaceted peptide. In the evening, the group went for a full moon night hike with torches to Hämmermoos Alm, Leutasch. After an educating lecture on pneumococcal vaccination, and a frugal dinner, we enjoyed the sledging experience down the slope.

The next day, this workshop continued in Lizum 1600, adjacent to the ski slopes of the Axamer Lizum. Another set of short presentations completed this highly interesting symposium, focusing again on Candida albicans, but also Aspergillus. Whereas most participants went straight back home, about a third enjoyed the mountainous surroundings with or without skiing adventure, followed by Aprés Ski in a bar tent near the slopes and a dinner with colleagues near the Golden Roof in the restaurant of the very same name in the Innsbruck Altstadt. Eight talks in the programme were submitted by Innsbruck researchers, four of them by HOROS students.

HOROS plans summer retreat in the Alpenzoo – Renewal of godparentship
Date: 2020-02-18   Filed under: News

HOROS was one of the very strong influencers for the creation of the Marie Sklodowska Curie  doctoral programme CORVOS (www.corvos.eu) and thus it appears logic to plan a visit to the patron of this pan-European endeavor, the raven in the alpine zoo of Innsbruck. CORVOS involves 10 universities and 10 other partners, such as hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and research institutes. The coordinator of CORVOS (who is also the speaker HOROS) has just renewed the godparentship for the raven. On the occasion of this visit, planned on the 6th of July, an internal review of the programme will be held to reveal possible areas of improvement.

Joint Doctoral Retreat Obergurgl
Date: 2020-01-24   Filed under: News

We started the year 2020 in a good manner with the annual retreat to Obergurgl, which took place from the 4th to the 9th of January. The retreat was attended by students from different PhD-programs: MOLIN (MOLecular fundamentals of INflammation, Graz, Austria), IRTG1911 (Immunoregulation of inflammation in allergy and infection, Lübeck, Germany), IIT (Infection, Immunity and Transplantation, Innsbruck, Austria) and HOROS. They were provided with the great opportunity to present and discuss their research in front of renowned scientists from all over Europe and even America, such as Akos Heinemann (Graz, Austria), Jörg Köhl (Lübeck, Germany), Stefan Niemann (Lübeck, Germany), Seppo Meri (Helsinki, Finland), Tom Eirik Mollnes (Oslo, Norway), Peter Garred (Copenhagen, Denmark), David Hildeman (Cincinatti, USA) and of course the HOROS faculty. The topics of the presentations were broad and ranged from intracellular infections to vaccination and treatment. In parallel to some presentations several topics about the upcoming PhD-program CORVOS (COmplement Regulation and Variations in Opportunistic infectionS) were presented by Reinhard Würzner (Innsbruck, Austria), our speaker & president of European Complement Network, and discussed with the CORVOS partners. Although the program of the lectures was quite challenging, there was still time for networking and team building with other PhD students and principal investigators. While some participants went for hiking or sledging, the majority enjoyed skiing at the beautiful surrounding slopes or helped each other out in learning how to ski. No matter what kind of sport was preferred, all of them were perfect for connecting with other scientists.

Finally we want to thank Reinhard Würzner and Marco Grasse for organizing this wonderful retreat. It gave us the great opportunity to meet and network with students of other PhD programs and renowned scientists.



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Schöpfstraße 41
A-6020 Innsbruck

horos@i-med.ac.at

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