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Strengthening translational and interdisciplinary research approaches

Joint symposium of the research foci "Immunology and Infectiology" and "Translational Neurosciences and Behavioral Sciences" (TNBS)

Despite the difficult conditions caused by the ongoing SARS CoV-2 pandemic, the joint symposium of the two research foci of the Faculty of Medicine took place virtually on April, 8th 2021. The webinar symposium aimed to establish and further develop the cross-disciplinary expertise of both research foci and the already very well established links between theoretical and clinical working groups.

From the Department of Neurology at Münster University Hospital, Prof. Dr. Heinz Wiendl presented innovative research approaches on chronic inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system in his guest lecture. The other 6 tandem lectures by outstanding scientists from one of the main research areas focused in particular on translational approaches and combined basic and clinical research. Around 160 participants took part in the scientific exchange across a broad spectrum: from neuro-COVID to immunological mechanisms in stroke and behavioral immunological approaches to the latest approaches in sepsis diagnostics, which Prof. Dr. Thorsten Brenner, Director of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the University Medical Center Essen, presented in his lecture.

"Through the joint symposium, we would like to strengthen the already very well-established links between the working groups of the research foci "Immunology and Infectiology" and "Translational Neuro- and Behavioral Sciences (TNBS)" to focus the research profile of the Medical Faculty and a future overarching research concept," explained the organizers and focus spokespersons, Prof. Dr. A. Westendorf (Infection Immunology), Prof. Dr. U. Dittmer (Virology). Prof. Dr. M. Schedlowski (Medical Psychology and Behavioral Immunology) and Prof. Dr. Ch. Kleinschnitz (Neurology). The long-term goal is a forward-looking and interdisciplinary focus on diseases and the search for common interfaces that can lead to new therapeutic approaches.

The joint symposium ideally strengthened the already very well-established links between two research foci.
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