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FEBS Advanced Practical Course
“State-of-the-art infection models for human pathogenic fungi”

February 17 – March 2, 2013 in Jena, Germany


This course is designed to train graduate students, post-docs, and young independent investigators in state-of-the-art infection models to study human fungal pathogens. Training is provided through laboratory exercises and demonstrations, lectures by resident faculty and visiting seminar speakers, and informal discussions.

Laboratory exercises focus primarily on Candida and Aspergillus, and include different infection models such as cell culture, interaction with primary immune cells, alternative model hosts and murine models, combined with a wide array of state-of-the-art read-out methods, e.g. adhesion, invasion and damage assays, phagocytosis assays, cytokine quantification, transcription analysis and in vivo imaging. In order to broaden students understanding of infection models and pathogenesis, invited seminar speakers provide further insight into Candida, Aspergillus, Cryptococcus and dermatophyte biology and the methods and models used to study interaction of these fungi with the host.

Social evenings and coffee/lunch breaks provide ample opportunities for informal exchange and discussions between participants and lecturers.

Organizing Committee:

  • Bernhard Hube, Microbial Pathogenicity Mechanisms, Hans Knöll Institute, Jena, Germany
  • Patrick Van Dijck, VIB Department of Molecular Microbiology, K.U. Leuven, Belgium
  • Ilse D. Jacobsen, Microbial Pathogenicity Mechanisms – Infection Model Group, Hans Knöll Institute, Jena, Germany

Invited Speakers:

  • Elaine Bignell, Department of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK
  • Axel A. Brakhage, Molecular and Applied Microbiology, Hans Knöll Institute, Jena, Germany
  • Arturo Casadevall, Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA
  • Christophe d’Enfert, Department of Fungal Biology and Pathogenicity, Institut Pasteur Paris, France
  • Carol A. Kumamoto, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Boston, USA
  • Oliver Kurzai, Group Fungal Septomics, ZIK Septomics, Jena, Germany
  • Donna M. MacCallum, Aberdeen Fungal Group, School of Medical Sciences, Aberdeen, UK
  • Julian R. Naglik, Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences, King’s College, Dental Institute, London, UK
  • Peter Staib, Fundamental Molecular Biology of Pathogenic Fungi, Hans Knöll Institute, Jena, Germany
  • Robert T. Wheeler, Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA

Application Deadline: October 15, 2012
Note: The course is limited to 20 participants!
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