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HELENA Lecture Series

September 27th, 2018, Auditorium Neuherberg
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TUM.Diversity Coaching Service

TUM Coaching Service is available for all TUM-GS Members
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New Training Offers/ Upcoming Events at the LMU

HELENA members can participate in classes offered by the LMU or TU, independent of their affiliation with one of the universities
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Career Day DKFZ

September 28th, 2018, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg
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KURSWECHSEL KONFERENZ 2018

October 19th, 2018, 9 am - 6 pm Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
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Interview Symposium 2018

September 20th, 9 am to 12:15 pm, Auditorium Neuherberg
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Register Now

Registration for the TUM-GS course program (winter semester 2018/19) is now open
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Fatma Uzbas visited the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

The 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting was dedicated to physiology and medicine, during which 39 laureates and 600 young scientists from 84 countries all over the world came together from 24-29 June 2018. I was initially nominated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and then selected by the Lindau Council to attend the meeting. It was an unforgettable week full of exchange not only...
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Zhong-Min Li visited the Institute of Urban Environment, China

Working in a different institute during my PhD was a great experience. My project focused on the influence of placental thyroid hormone by environmental contaminant exposure and metabolic syndrome, e.g., gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Prof. Shen is a group leader in the Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is an advisor of my thesis committee and has collected...
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New Training Offers at the LMU

HELENA members can participate in classes offered by the LMU or TU, independent of their affiliation with one of the universities
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InPharma 2018

September 5th & 6th 2018, MPI of Biochemistry, Martinsried
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Summer Lectures 2018: How to discover a drug? Lessons learned.

Let’s make a journey together into the future of drug discovery and development based on 100 years of lessons learned. What were the groundbreaking findings and which molecules really changed the world? How do drugs really work? Where are we now and what are the future challenges in the management of drug development in industry and science? These interactive lectures will highlight prominent...
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SOAPBOX SCIENCE

07.07.2018 12 female scientists share their knowledge with the public on the streets of Munich!  
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Career Seminar - Dr. Thomas Fehm, McKinsey & Company

Starting a career in industry: McKinsey & Company  
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Website issues resolved

HELENA website moved to new server and fully functional
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Genetics of Adiposity Leipzig - Meeting

2nd Leipzig International Meeting for Interdisciplinary Obesity Research
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Workshops "Project management in Biopharma Industries" und "Biotech Quality Manager" - Dr. Grote-Westrick

The Faculty for Chemistry at the TUM offers workshops for project and quality management
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Campus Connect Symposium

Research Symposium on the topic: 'Natural Products: Analytics, Biodiversity and Biochemistry'
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NextGen@Helmholtz conference

Invitation to the third German-wide conference for doctoral researchers of the Helmholtz Association
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Server migration

non-functional links and contact forms
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Author Workshop - Anthony Newman, Senior Publisher with Elsevier

How to write a Great Research Paper and get it accepted by a Good Journal!  
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New Coordinator for HELENA Graduate School

Kristin Dauner is the new coordinator of the HELENA Graduate School. The Graduate Student Office within the department Strategy, Programs, Resources is the direct contact point for all graduate students and supervisors and offers support in all administrative matters.  
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International Call Apply Now!

International call opens from May 10 - June 29, 2018. The International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes focuses on interdisciplinary and translational training providing future research leaders with an excellent environment to study the diverse aspects of diabetes.
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Falling Walls Apply Now

SHARE YOUR INNOVATIVE IDEA AT THE FALLING WALLS LAB, WIN A SCHOLARSHIP AND TRAVEL TO THE FINALE IN BERLIN!
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New contact person in the HELENA Graduate Student Office

Michelle Lederer is the new contact person for administrative matters in the HELENA Graduate Student Office (GSO). The GSO within the department Strategy, Programs, Resources is the direct contact point for all graduate students and supervisors and offers support in all administrative matters.
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Laura Klotz receives DZL Poster Award in the Disease Area Lung Cancer

Dr. med. Laura Valentina Klotz, prospective specialist physician in thoracic surgery and visiting scientist at the Institute of Lung Biology and Disease (ILBD) and the Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC) in the Lab "Molecular Lung Carcinogenesis" of Dr. med. Georgios Stathopoulos, received the best poster prize at the seventh annual meeting of the DZL (German Center for Lung Research) in the...
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Project Management Course (27.03.-28.03.2018) to organize the next Graduate Students Day

Do you want to improve your management and personal skills? You want to test modern project management tools for the organization of a center wide event? Be fast and apply until March 20, 2018 for the 2-day hands-on project management course and be part of the team that organizes the next Graduate Students Day in 2018 at HMGU. Receive in total 15 HEs and gain valuable management experience for...
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Career Seminar - Dr. Stefan Datz, Roche

Starting a career in industry: The Roche Expert Start Up Program  
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Translational Medicine Seminar Series

Next lecture 13.03.18 - Commercialization of new bio-imaging technologies
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Arunima Sengupta receives poster award

Arunima Sengupta, a PhD student in the CPC/ILBD’s core unit “Live Cell Imaging” received the best poster prize of the platform imaging (PLI) at the 7. DZL (German Center for Lung Research) meeting in Bad Nauheim, Germany, held on 8.-9. February 2018.
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Sachsen television reports on IPI study

In the article "Research team provides approach to insulin therapy", Sachsen television reported on a recent study on the insulin receptor of the Institute for Pancreatic Islet Research in Dresden.
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TUM Course Program for the Summer Semester 2018

The TUM Graduate School course program for the Summer Semester 2018 is now online. HELENA graduate students can register for the workshops. A new Transferable Skills Training Program is now available.
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< interact > 2018 Symposium in Munich - the biggest European PhD Science Symposium!

Join the 10th <interact> 2018 Munich PhD symposium! <interact> Munich is an annual life science symposium organized by PhD students, where future young scientists (YOU) can present their own work! This symposium will not only promote the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, but it will also allow discussions of your own work with your new colleagues and provide networking for your bright future...
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Jobvector Career Day

The career fair jobvector career day for engineers, computer scientists, physicians and natural scientists in Munich, March 1, 2018. Meet your employer of choice, engage with HR managers and benefit from your new network. Talks on career and opportunities – take advantage of a comprehensive lecture program and company presentations. Professional CV-check - in cooperation with a professional...
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International Symposium on Cancer Evolution

Dear ColleaguesThe Munich Collaborative Research Center SFB1243 would like to invite you, your colleagues and your students to our International Symposium on Cancer Evolution, from March 1-3, 2018 in Munich, Germany.We have already recruited a number of excellent speakers and would now like to invite abstract submissions for short talks and poster presentations. The deadline for abstracts...
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Elham Karimi Ghodoosi visited Johns Hopkins University, USA

A key element of the Helmholtz Research School of Radiation Sciences is to promote the international network of graduate students. Students benefit from research stays abroad by getting access to new techniques and lab equipment, collaborations with international scientists and gaining new insights into research areas. Elham Karimi Ghodoosi, RS2 student at the ISS, took the chance and went from...
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Adriana Pitea visited UC San Diego, USA

A key element of the Helmholtz Research School of Radiation Sciences is to promote the international network of graduate students. Students benefit from research stays abroad by getting access to new techniques and lab equipment, collaborations with international scientists and gaining new insights into research areas. Adriana Pitea, RS2 student at ZYTO and ICB, took the chance and went from 10th...
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< interact > 2018 symposium in Munich

- the biggest European PhD science symposium!
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Novel histone modifications couple metabolism to gene activity

Scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum München and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU) have discovered that two new classes of histone modifications couple cellular metabolism to gene activity. The study was published in ‘Nature Structural and Molecular Biology’.
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DINI Networking Event

It’s getting colder and winter is coming. Join us for the movie “The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks” and our networking event on November 29, 2017 from 5 pm onwards in the auditorium (Neuherberg). Register now!
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SNOWweekend

Are you looking for a weekend of fun and snow in the Alps? That’s the SNOWweekend! Don’t forget to sign up for the limited places.
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International Entrepreneurs' Night on November 21

Do you want to play an active part in shaping the future with new ideas? It doesn’t matter whether you've already founded a company or you're interested in doing so - International Entrepreneurs’ Night helps you apply your creative, entrepreneurial spirit to practical reality. Under the slogan "Scale Up", established and innovative Smart City tech start-ups from the UnternehmerTUM network will be...
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HELENA Lecture Series "HELENA Lecture Series Allergy and Environmental Science”

HELENA Lecture Series on November 15, 2017 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at Campus Neuherberg, Building 23, Auditorium. Coordination: Prof. Carsten Schmidt-Weber and Prof. Michael Schloter.  
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Registration open: Kick-off seminar TUM

Register now for the Kick-off seminars at TUM from 04.12.-06.12.2017. Please use your personal DocGS account to register. Your DocGS account includes a “Kick-Off Seminar” link where you can register for the seminar. Attendance of the TUM Kick-off seminars is only mandatory for HELENA graduate students registered at the TUM University.
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Professional in-house Python training

Graduate students interested in getting a professional in-house training about the software “Python” can contact Uta Geruschkat (Data manager at EPI2). The training is planned for 2-3 days, if enough students have registered.
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3. Early Career Researchers Conference on Environmental Epidemiology” (ISEE Young 2018)

ISEE-Europe and the Institute of Epidemiology II of the Helmholtz Zentrum München are pleased to announce the 3rd Early Career Researchers Conference on Environmental Epidemiology. The meeting will be held in Freising, Germany, on 19-20 March 2018.
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Register now: "The Proteasome hub: Fine-tuning of proteolysis according to cellular needs"

February 12-14, 2018, Schloss Hohenkammer, Munich, Germany. Registration is now open.
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Laleh Haghverdi receives the 2017 Helmholtz Doctoral Prize and Erwin Schrödinger Prize

Dr. Laleh Haghverdi has been awarded this year’s Helmholtz Doctoral Prize in health research for her outstanding work and Erwin Schrödinger Prize. In her dissertation, Geometric Diffusions for Reconstruction of Cell Differentiation Dynamics, at the Helmholtz Zentrum München Institute of Computational Biology, she focused on data analysis methods in the area of single-cell sequencing. The prize was...
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Career Seminar - Dr. Kerstin Lassak, Trainee Patent Attorney at V.O. Munich

From flashes of inspiration and paragraphs - The profession of patent attorneys.
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Checklists for HELENA processes now available

Graduate students can download all available checklists in the "forms" area using their HMGU username and password.
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LMU Completion Grant

LMU Munich awards completion grants for outstanding doctoral candidates on the verge of finalizing their thesis, who have no other source of funding for the requested period. The stipend amounts to 1,103 Euro per month.
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BD Life Sciences - Biosciences live in München

Expand your Research with Flow Cytometry- BD Life Sciences offers a seminar on flow cytometry on October 25, 2017 from 10-13 pm at ZAUM, Biedersteinerstr. 29, Gebäude 653, 80802 München.
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Immune cells help fat deal with environmental challenges

Immunosuppressive regulatory T-cells play an important role in the functioning of adipose tissue. This is the discovery of scientists from the Helmholtz Diabetes Center (HDC) at Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Their findings are published in the journal ‘Cell Metabolism’.
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Fostering the flow of expertise from academia to pharmaceutical industry

Registration is now open - InPharma symposium (September 20, 2017), a career event aimed to amalgamate pharmaceutical industry and academia enriching both the sectors with an experience that would help each one to find the best fit.
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Entrepreneur Club “Founders Mentoring Founders”

A new seminar series called "Entrepreneur Club" starting on October 26, 2017 from 5:00 pm. This Entrepreneur Club aims at connecting new spin-off founders with experienced founders, venture capitalists, investors, lawyers and other experts who could provide you with the necessary knowledge for setting up a new business successfully.
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Seminars at TUM School of Life Sciences in Weihenstephan

The TUM School of Life Sciences in Weihenstephan offers seminars for the Winter Semester 2017/2018. HELENA graduate students can register for the workshops.
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Register now: N2 Science Communication Conference

How to communicate science in a better way? How to make your presentation more creative, engaging and comprehensible? How to make use of the emerging technologies to broadcast research and technology? Get the chance to learn from advanced scientists and experts in public media.
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Graduate Center LMU Workshops

The GraduateCenter LMU workshop program for October until December 2017 is now online. HELENA graduate students can register for the workshops.
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Poster Prize for Urska Zadel

Urska Zadel, PhD student in the Plant Microbiome research group of the Research Unit Comparative Microbiome Analysis, was awarded the prize for the best poster at the 6th International Symposium on Biosorption and Biodegradation/Bioremediation (Bio/Bio) in Prague, Czech Republic.
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Maia Smith Recognized for Her Outstanding Dissertation

For her dissertation entitled “Associations between physical activity and lung function in a cohort of German adolescents“ the Munich University Association has awarded Dr. Maia Smith the 2017 Advancement Prize.
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The Seventh German-Russian Week of the Young Researcher: Computational Biology and Biomedicine

The main goal of these weeks is to encourage networking and stronger partnerships among early career researchers. Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers as well as professors are invited to come together and present their research projects in the field of Computational Biology at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology.
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Translational Medicine Seminar Series

Next lecture 25.07.17 - Translation: a daily practice. Learning from clinical need and scientific ‚routine‘
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Graduate Students‘ Summer Party

Eat, drink and celebrate summer on July 11, 2017 at 5 pm in the beer garden behind the canteen, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg. Register now for the party and human kicker team.  
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Four HMGU scientists from the Plant Genome and Systems Biology Group among the most-cited brains in plant research

An evaluation in the June issue of the Laborjournal reports that four of the most highly cited plant scientists in the German-speaking region are located at the Plant Genome and Systems Biology (PGSB) Group at the Helmholtz Zentrum München.
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Career Seminar - Dr. Cornelia Voigt, Regional Medical Advisor, GSK

An insight into the role of a regional medical advisor in the pharmaceutical industry and career possibilities at GlaxoSmithKline GmbH & Co. KG.
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Responsible Research 2017

What is responsible research conduct? How can I present data accurately? What exactly is plagiarism, and how can it be avoided? What are the pros and cons of peer review publication? What is an Ombudsperson? These - and more - topics will be addressed.
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Reminder: Graduate Students’ Award 2017

Call of the Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health (HELENA) and the Association of Friends and Supporters of Helmholtz Zentrum München (VdFF)
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New seminar series on translational medicine launched successfully

The Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health, or HELENA for short, started its new “Translational Medicine Seminar Series” on May 30, 2017. Prof. Dr. Günther Wess, CEO of Helmholtz Zentrum München, opened the new format.
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ENABLE - Registration Open

ENABLE is the first European symposium organized by and for PhD students and Postdocs. This initiative seeks to promote excellence in the biomedical sciences in Europe by supporting young researchers, strengthening scientific careers, and bringing biomedicine closer to society.
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IKOM Career Fair 2017

This year's IKOM Career Fair will be hosted at TUM Campus Garching from 19 to 22 June 2017, where 316 companies from all sectors will present themselves.
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1st Interdisciplinary “Israel-TUM Summer School in the Alps”

How is Machine Learning changing the Life Sciences? In the life sciences, researchers are increasingly leveraging machine learning in their work to drive groundbreaking discoveries that may help improve the health and wellbeing of people.  
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TUM BLUE

The TUM-GS Graduate Council proudly presents the TUM Blue 2017 party “Brains, Beer and Bavarian Brass”. More than 500 doctoral candidates from all TUM Graduate Centers are invited to a casual networking event on June 9th 2017, starting from 8 pm, in the Audimax Foyer, Arcisstr. 21.  
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Translational Medicine Seminar Series

This seminar series aims to give an overview on translational medicine starting from the disease towards the understanding of disease mechanisms, epidemiological evidence, identification of biomarkers and development of new therapies and drugs leading to clinical studies.
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How to publish in Nature Research Journals? - Christine Weber Associate Editor, Nature Cell Biology

Overview of the editorial processes at the Journal, how manuscripts are taken from submission to publication, tips and tricks on how to prepare your paper and insights into life as an editor and careers in scientific publishing
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Young researcher summer school on "Impact of anthropization on microbial soil functions"

Present and discuss contemporary topics and new methodologies on microbial ecology in anthropized soils. The summer school will be held in english and is intended for PhD students, Post-docs, and scientists interested in microbial ecology of contaminated soils.
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European Summer School for Innovation in Chronic Disease Intervention

Improve prevention and treatment options for people, who are at risk or suffer from chronic diseases! Learn to develop meaningful solutions! euVENTION allows you both! euVENTION is a two-week program, which uniquely covers all the necessary steps and tools to create your own startup.
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NextGen@Helmholtz 2017 in Kiel - register now

Explore the Helmholtz feeling! - Be part of the second German-wide conference of Helmholtz doctoral researchers!
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ScieCon Munich 2017

The Biotechnological Student Initiative btS e.V. would like to kindly invite you to CAREERS FAIR ScieCon Munich 2017 on the 20th of April 2017, 10 am to 5 pm, in the lecture hall foyer of the Klinikum Großhadern, Marchioninistraße 15, 81377 München  
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HELENA Info Session with Beer and Pretzels

Dear Graduate Students, We have a winner for the HELENA Easter Egg Hunt. The winner will be announced on 26th April at our “HELENA - Info Session”. Since we have several new processes in HELENA, we recommend every student to participate at this Info Session or at least one doctoral student per Institute/Research Unit. You will also have the opportunity to get an overview about the new highlights...
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Easter Egg Hunt and HELENA - Info Session

Dear Graduate Students, We’re excited to announce that our new HELENA website is now launched. Check out the HELENA website and look out for some Easter Eggs. We have hidden 11 eggs with alphabets. The first graduate student who will send the two words (screenshots of all the 11 easter eggs) we are looking for to the Graduate Student Office wins a Mathäser cinema voucher. The winner of the East...
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Molecular patterns of complex diseases

The Helmholtz Zentrum München has published results of the largest genome-wide association study on proteomics to date. An international team of scientists reports 539 associations between protein levels and genetic variants in ‘Nature Communications’. These associations overlap with risk genes for 42 complex diseases.
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How Fibrosis Drugs Work

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Researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the German Center for Lung Research, have discovered a new mechanism of action of two drugs used in the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The paper was published in the ‘American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology’.
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Deep Learning predicts hematopoietic stem cell development

Autonomous driving, automatic speech recognition, and the game Go: Deep Learning is generating more and more public awareness. Scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and their partners at ETH Zurich and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now used it to determine the development of hematopoietic stem cells in advance. In ‘Nature Methods’ they describe how their software predicts the...
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2016 Graduate Students Award for Ilona Kammerl, CPC

In honour of her scientific achievements, Dr. Ilona Kammerl, scientist at the Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC), Helmholtz Zentrum München, received one of the three Graduate Students Awards.
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Noemi Castelletti from ISS receives travel and poster award

Noemi Castelletti, graduate student in the work group “Integrative modelling” (Institute of Radiation Protection, ISS), received a travel award for one of the 8 best abstracts and an honorable mention for the best poster at the “2016 Conference on Radiation and Health & Radiation Research Society”. The conference was held in Big Island, Hawaii (USA) on 15-20 October 2016. Castelletti is member of...
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Travel grant for Verena Prade, PGSB

Verena Prade, graduate student in the Plant Genome and Systems Biology (PGSB) Research Unit, has received a travel grant for the International Plant and Animal Genome Conference. With over 3,000 attendees, 150 workshops, 1,100 posters and 1,800 abstracts, it is the largest and most important genome-oriented biology conference in the plant sector. She will travel to San Diego, California in January...
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Graduate Students Award 2016: Matthias Arnold

In honour of his scientific achievements, Dr. Matthias Arnold, scientist at the Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (IBIS), Helmholtz Zentrum München, has received one of the three Graduate Students Awards.
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Graduate Students Award 2016: Michael Laxy

In honour of his scientific achievements, Dr. Michael Laxy, scientist at the Institute of Health Economics and Health Care Management (IGM), Helmholtz Zentrum München, received one of the three Graduate Students Awards. His analyses showed that disease management programmes for type 2 diabetes are associated with a high quality of care. At the same time, a high quality of care and good patient...
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Award for Feiran Chen

At the 13th International Conference on Phytotechnologies, that took place from 26 to 28 September 2016 (Hangzhou City, Zhejiang, China) a total of 3 lectures of young scientists were awarded, among them Feiran Chen. Her contribution "Uptake and Metabolism of the Sunscreen Agent oxybenzone in Cyperus alternifolius" authored by Feiran Chen, Christian Huber and Peter Schröder, was selected by the...
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Stephan Herzig new HELENA spokesperson

Prof. Dr. Stephan Herzig has taken over his duties as the new spokesperson for the Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health (HELENA) on 1 November 2016. He joins the ranks of previous spokespersons Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Mewes and Prof. Dr. Oliver Eickelberg.
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Vanessa Welk honored with Best Poster Award

Vanessa Welk, Member of the CPC Research School and graduate student in the research group “Proteasome Function in Chronic Lung Disease” (Meiners lab) at the iLBD/CPC, was honored with a best poster award for her abstract “Proteasome activator 200 (PA200) is dysregulated in fibrotic tissue remodeling” at the 3rd Proteostasis Action Meeting in Lisbon. The conference took place on November, 2-5,...
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HELENA Graduate Students’ Day 2016

On November 03, 2016, graduate students of Helmholtz Zentrum München met for the 9th HELENA Graduate Students’ Day. In addition to the annual graduate student prize, the day’s agenda included the election of new Graduate Student Representatives and a career lecture. In his welcome address, PD Dr. Christian Langebartels, research director at Helmholtz Zentrum München and outgoing director of the...
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Molecular Life of Stem Cells 2016 Conference of RNA Club Munich

September 29 – October 1, 2016 Ljubljana, Slovenia “I think the golden or even platinum age of both basic and applied research has begun. This is mainly due to plethora of recent transformative discoveries and technologies. These include advances in DNA sequencing, electron microscopy, gene-editing (correcting of genetic mutations) and the ability to convert regular cells to stem cells that...
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Diabetes Type 1: How Does Friendly Fire Happen in the Pancreas?

In type 1 diabetes, the body attacks its own insulin-producing cells. Scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München, partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research, and their colleagues at Technical University of Munich have now reported in the journal ‘PNAS’ about a mechanism used by the immune system to prepare for this attack. They were able to inhibit this process through targeted intervention...
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Invitation to the 9th Graduate Students’ Day on November 3, 2016

Dear Graduate Students,Every autumn, we want to take the time to look back and celebrate another successful year of HELENA and its graduate students. In this year we are pleased to have Prof. Dr. Matthias von Herrath as speaker for the annual career talk. In his talk he will give you insights into his personal career and career decisions and will compare career options in industry and...
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Helmholtz Juniors Midterm Meeting

On 13th and 14th of July the Helmholtz Juniors (HeJus) held their Midterm Meeting at the Headquarters of the Helmholtz Association in Berlin. The Helmholtz Juniors consist of two doctoral student representatives of all 18 Helmholtz Centers in the association. Since their foundation in 2005 they provide opportunities for networking and exchange between doctoral students at the different Helmholtz...
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Microbiome Retreat

The three groups of EGEN, working on the plant, the soil and the human microbiome gathered for a retreat at the Bildungshaus in Scheyern from the 22nd to the 23rd of June. The aim was to allow room for sharing knowledge and experience within the groups, but also to broaden the horizon by inviting scientists from other facilities.
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University of Cambridge by Michael Laxy, IGM

A key element of the Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health (HELENA) is to promote the international network of graduate students. In internationally renowned research institutes doctoral students can work with and learn from leading senior scientists in their field of research. Michael Laxy, graduate student at the Institute of Health Economics and Health Care Management, took this chance...
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Down-Under by Bastian Knorr, IGÖ

In my graduate student project I investigate the influence of immobile water regions on the fate of contaminants in groundwater. It is supervised by Prof. Maloszewski, head of the Hydrological Modelling group, and co-supervised by Dr. Stumpp, head of the Hydrogeology group, at the Institute of Groundwater Ecology. The outcomes of some of my laboratory column experiments were not what we expected...
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Theresa Rock at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology

I am a graduate student in the Research Unit Analytical BioGeoChemistry (BGC) headed by Prof. Schmitt-Kopplin. One focus of the BGC is the isolation and characterization of new bioactive compounds from natural chemical libraries with particular emphasis on new antiviral compounds against HIV in collaboration with Prof. Brack-Werner at the Institute of Virology (VIRO). To achieve this aim, we use...
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Larissa Knüppel at Portland Shriners Research Center

My graduate student project is based on the function of FK506 binding proteins (FKBPs), protein folding catalysts with chaperone and peptidyl prolyl isomerase function, in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Several months after I started my graduate student project, we established a collaboration with the Bächinger Lab at the Portland Shriners Research Center in Oregon - a lab, which is very...
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Sabine Dvorski at IUPUI, USA

My research is focused on the characterization of sulfur organic molecules (CHOS) in freshwater dissolved organic matter (DOM). During the first two years of doctorate I mainly analyzed DOM of various ecosystems with characteristic abiotic and biotic sulfur chemistry by means of ultra-high-resolution mass spectrometry (FTICR/MS). To get a better insight into the formation of CHOS compounds, we...
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Susanne Vogt at University of Auckland, New Zealand

My graduate project focuses on the interplay of vitamin D and body composition in middle aged and older adults. Although vitamin D and obesity are undoubtedly related, the underlying biological mechanisms as well as the cause-effect-direction of this relationship are still undetermined. The main part of my doctoral thesis is based on data from the Cooperative Health Research in the Region of...
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Simone Rankl at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

My doctoral thesis project aims to investigate early plant responses to N-Acyl-homoserine-lactones (AHLs), a class of bacteria-derived quorum sensing (QS) molecules and will attempt to decipher the first signaling responses of barley seedlings to QS molecules. In the summer of 2013, Professor Poschenrieder from the University of Barcelona (UAB) was invited to give a talk at our institute (AMP)....
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Michael Discher at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità

In my graduate thesis project I'm working on methods for retrospective dosimetry in the field of radiation protection. If there were to be a radiation incident, it might result in the exposure of people. In general, the population does not wear dedicated personal dosimeters, and other methods have to be used to perform dose estimations. One possibility is to use personal items of daily life as...
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Michaela Huber at the University of Toronto

As a part of my doctoral thesis, I am using stable RNA interference in breast cancer cells. We are interested in the effects of specifically knocked down target proteins on the intracellular signaling cascade. For that, I wanted to perform comparative proteome analysis of untreated and depleted cells with mass spectrometry. A member of my thesis committee Prof. Dr. Schmitt, closely cooperates with...
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Michaela Helmbrecht visited Cambridge

A key element of the Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health (HELENA) is to promote the international network of graduate students. In other labs graduate students can learn new techniques essential for their doctoral work, gain new insights into research areas and exchange ideas with international colleagues. Michaela Helmbrecht, graduate student in the working group Neuronal Circuits in...
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