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Structured doctoral training

Programs at Hannover Biomedical Research School

Structured doctoral training

PhD Program "Molecular Medicine"

It is the oldest PhD program (start 2000) and it combines a broad spectrum of research in the fields of Immunology, Infection Biology, Oncology and Stem Cell Biology/ Differentiation, Cell Biology and Genetics. Students (~60: 20 per year; medical as well as life scientists) work in different departments of MHH as well as partner institutes (Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine, Helmholtz Center for Infection Research Braunschweig). The main aim of the program is to bridge the gap between basic sciences and applied clinical aspects in research training and to foster the necessary interdisciplinary exchange. Projects cover aspects of research on infectious or inflammatory diseases (HIV, hepatitis, diabetes, asthma, atopic eczema, autoimmune diseases, artheriosclerosis, etc.), signal transduction or oncology (MAP kinases and targets, WNT signalling, telomere shortening, genetics and signalling of leukemia) and stem cell research or differentiation (hepatic differentiation of stem cells, targeting of hematopoietic stem cells - gene therapy, somite and limb patterning, etc.).

PhD program "Infection Biology"

This program is an integral part of the "Centre for Infection Biology" (ZIB). Students (~60: 20 per year, most of them life scientists) focus on how infectious agents or antigens/allergens enter the human body, and interact with cells' and organs' pathogenicity mechanisms, how early and late reactions of the host's immune system are induced and how the immune system attacks these agents (main topics in Infection, Immunology, Microbiology and Virology). Infections by pathogens cause approximately one third of all human fatalities worldwide. An ongoing emergence of new pathogens, such as HIV, SARS and the avian influenza strain H5N1, and the recurrence of diseases previously believed to be extinct, such as tuberculosis and diphtheria, meet an alarming scenario of declining rates in vaccinations as well as an increasing resistance of germs to antibiotics. Despite considerable advances in medicine, this situation calls for extensive research and new approaches to the prevention and therapy of infectious diseases. A combination of basic sciences and applied clinical aspects is taught. The PhD Program "Infection Biology" is supported by the State of Lower Saxony (Lichtenberg stipends).

PhD program "Regenerative Sciences"

The program "Regenerative Sciences" started in October 2007 in course of the Excellence Cluster "REBIRTH". Foci are Stem Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Tissue Engineering, Tumor Biology, Tolerance mechanisms and bio-materials. Students (~60: 20 per year; medical, life scientists, engineers) work in different departments of MHH and partner institutes (Leibniz University Hannover, Laser Center Hannover, Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology und Experimental Medicine, Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, Friedrich Löffler Institute Mariensee, Max-Planck Institute Münster). The aim is to form a bridge between basic sciences and clinics as well as the interdisciplinary intercourse. Very interesting is the integration of the bio-engineers.

PhD program "Auditory Sciences"

The PhD program "Auditory Sciences" is part of the Cluster of Excellence "Hearing4all" of MHH and University of Oldenburg.

One DFG "Graduiertenkolleg"

In addition, there is one DFG "Graduiertenkolleg": the international Research Training Group, GRK 1273 "Strategies of human pathogens to achieve acute and chronic infection" together with Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.