Severe manifestations of infectious disease often occur in the very young and the very old. Susceptibility to infection may also be inherited to acquired, for example as a side effect of immunosuppressive therapy or another infection. In these individuals, severe infections often curtail the success of modern medicine.
The newly established Cluster of Excellence RESIST wants to drive forward our understanding of the fundamental determinants of susceptibility to infectious diseases to the point where this newly gained knowledge can be used to develop more accurate, personalized therapies, diagnostic methods and novel preventive strategies. RESIST research focuses on host genetic factors determining the severity of bacterial and viral infections, explores how the immune response is primed in very young and reshaped in older individuals, and investigates the dynamics of microbial communities and determinants of bacterial and viral persistence and replication. This research programme is designed around numerous existing and planned cohorts at the heart of RESIST and builds on a powerful consortium of leading clinicians and scientists assembled by one of Germany's leading University Medical Centres: Hannover Medical School (MHH). Apart from MHH, the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI), the Twincore in Hannover, Hannover Veterinary University (TiHo), the Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB) in Hamburg and the Centre for Chronic Immunodeficiencies (CCI) in Freiburg participate in and contribute to an excellent infrastructure to RESIST.
This opening symposium serves to introduce the newly founded Excellence Cluster RESIST and to bring together worldwide leading researchers and clinicians in the field of Infection and Immunity. The intellectual and interdisciplinary exchange will pave the way for novel international collaborations and in the long-term open new avenues to treat infections in susceptible patients.
This Herrenhausen Symposium is jointly organized by the Volkswagen Foundation and Hannover Medical School.
First Hannover Symposium on Infection Susceptibility
Cluster of Excellence RESIST - Resolving Infection Susceptibility
September 30 + October 1, 2019
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany
A detailed program is available for download in the donwload section.
Confirmed Speakers include
(all academic titles have been omitted)
Charles Bangham (Imperial College London, UK)
Axel Brakhage (University Jena, Germany)
Petter Brodin (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)
Jean-Laurent Casanova (Rockefeller University, USA)
Bruno Correia (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
Franziska Faber (University Würzburg, Germany)
Sofia Forslund (Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany)
Reinhold Förster (Hannover Medical School, RESIST, Germany)
Bodo Grimbacher (Centrum für Chronische Immundefizienz, Freiburg (CCI), RESIST, Germany)
Dirk Heinz (Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany)
Mathias Hornef (RWTH Aachen, Germany)
Beate Kampmann (LSHTM, UK)
Florian Klein (University Hospital of Cologne, Germany)
Thomas Krey (Hannover Medical School, RESIST, Germany)
Paul Lehner (University of Cambridge, UK)
Yang Li (Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, RESIST, Germany)
Patrick Lomonte (Université de Lyon, France)
Michael Manns (Hannover Medical School, Germany)
Soren Molin (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Rolf Müller (Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, RESIST, Germany)
Annette Oxenius (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
Sandra Pellegrini (Institut Pasteur, France)
Thomas Pietschmann (TWINCORE, RESIST, Germany)
Immo Prinz (Hannover Medical School, RESIST, Germany)
Xavier Saelens (University of Gent, Belgium)
Thomas Schulz (Hannover Medical School, RESIST Germany)
John Sinclair (University of Cambridge, UK)
Till Strowig (Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, RESIST, Germany)
Bill Sugden (University of Wisconsin, Madison, US)
Dorothee Viemann (Hannover Medical School, RESIST, Germany)
There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential. If you would like to attend the conference, please register by clicking on the registration link.
We offer scientists outside the cluster of excellence RESIST the opportunity to apply for a poster. If you are interested in presenting a poster, please submit your poster abstract until August, 26 at RESIST@mh-hannover.de.
The conference language is English.
Credit Points for German Physicians
This symposium is accredited by the "Akademie für Infektionsmedizin e.V." with 20 iCME.
Venue and Public Transport
The conference is held at Herrenhausen Palace, a modern conference center in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by tram: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".
Accommodation for Participants
Please note that you are responsible for booking your accommodation. As Hanover is a city that hosts many fairs, we recommend booking a hotel as soon as you register.
Please cancel your registration if you cannot attend the conference. We have a waiting list for the meeting and can offer your place to another person if you cannot attend. Simply use the registration tool to cancel or send us an email.