DFG Workshop for Early Career Investigators

Workshop for Early Career Investigators "Neurosensory Systems - Protection – Regeneration – Restitution" with the focus on disorders of eye and ear funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Programm

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Sunday, March 08 - Welcome Reception

at restaurant “Kelter”, Schmiedtorstraße 17, Tübingen

19:00 Welcome by Eberhart Zrenner,
Coordinator of the ‘Nachwuchsakademie’
19:30 Brief presentation of each of the 20 workshop participants
20:30 Dinner

Monday, March 09 - Physiology and Pathophysiology of the Eye

09:00 – 09:15 Introduction
Hubert Löwenheim, Co-Coordinator of the ‘Nachwuchsakademie’
09:15 – 09:45 Sascha Dammeier, Tübingen
Molecular signatures of the eye - the future of diagnostics?
9:45 – 10:15 Andreas Reichenbach, Leipzig
Pathophysiology of retinal neuroglia
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:15 Bernd Wissinger, Tübingen
The genetic complexity of inherited retinal disorders
11:15 – 12:15 Keynote:
Yvan Arsenijevic, Lausanne, Switzerland
Retinal degeneration: Building the road towards the clinic
12:15 – 12:45 Anthony Gummer, Tübingen
Biophysics of sound processing in the cochlea
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 15:45 Meet the Expert
(meeting with A. Reichenbach and Y. Arsenijevic in groups of 10, parallel events)
15:45 – 16:30 Coffee Break (and transport)
16:30 – ~19:00 Lab visits
(at the Institute for Ophthalmic Research (labs of M. Ueffing, M. Seeliger, B. Wissinger) and otologic research group (A. Gummer), parallel events) including project-oriented group work and guidance
19:30 Joint Dinner (“Wurstküche”, Am Lustnauer Tor 8, www.wurstkueche.com)

Tuesday, March 10 – Physiology and Pathophysiology of the Ear

09:00 – 09:30 Eberhart Zrenner, Tübingen
Artificial vision: How to restore visual functions by means of technology
09:30 – 10:00 Marlies Knipper, Tübingen
Learning about hearing disorders (deafness, age, tinnitus) from mice/rat animal models
10:00 – 10:30 Yehoash Raphael, Michigan, USA
AAV gene therapy for the inner ear
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:30 Hubert Löwenheim, Oldenburg
Inner ear cell regeneration - principles and cell cycle regulation
11:30 – 12:30 Keynote:
Ernst Bamberg, Frankfurt
Microbial Rhodopsins: Molecular Mechanism and Optogenetics
12:30 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 15:45 Meet the Expert
(meeting with Y. Raphael, Hubert Löwenheim, E. Bamberg, parallel events)
15:45 – 16:30 Coffee Break (and transport)
16:30 – ~19:00 Lab visits
(at the Institute for Ophthalmic Research (labs of E. Zrenner, T. Euler) and otologic research groups (M. Knipper, H. Löwenheim), parallel events) including project-oriented group work and guidance
  Free Evening

Wednesday, March 11 – Regeneration and Stem Cells

09:00 – 09:30 Thomas Lenarz, Hannover
Audiobionic – How to restore hearing by means of technology
09:30 – 10:00 Francois-Paquet-Durand, Tübingen
Cell death mechanisms in diseases of the neurosensory system: Implications for neuroprotective treatment
10:00 – 10:30 Tom Reh, Seattle, USA
Regenerative medicine for retinal disease: transplants, gene therapy or small molecules?
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:30 Stefan Heller, Stanford, USA
Inner ear cell regeneration - stem cells and pathways
11:30 – 12:30 Keynote:
Marius Ader, Dresden
Stem cells – Transplantation - Retina
12:30 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 16:00 Meet the Expert
(meeting with T. Reh, S. Heller, M. Ader, parallel events)
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 – 18:00 Presentation by DFG representative: Questions and Answers (Roland Krüppel, Bonn)
19:00 Guided tour at the monastery Bebenhausen,
followed by joint dinner

Thursday, March 12 – Signal Processing and Plasticity

09:00 – 09:30 Thomas Euler, Tübingen
What the mouse eye tells the mouse brain – “fingerprinting” retinal ganglion cells
09:30 – 10:00 Mathias Seeliger, Tübingen
Exploring the formation of vision in the outer retina based on morphology and function in health and disease
10:00 – 10:30 Andrej Kral, Hannover
Deficits in cortical microcircuitry after congenital auditory deprivation
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:30 Werner Hemmert, München
Modeling cochlear implants and electrical stimulation of the nerve
11:30 – 12:30 Keynote:
Martin Schwab, Zürich, Switzerland
Sprouting and long distance growth of injured axons, compensatory circuit formation and function repair after optic nerve and CNS lesions
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:30 Meet the Expert
(meeting with A. Kral, M. Schwab, T. Lenarz, W. Hemmert + G. Zeck, parallel events)
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00 Engineering Seminar: The Challenge of Development
(Werner Hemmert, München, and Günther Zeck, Reutlingen)
17:00 – 18:30 Soft Skill Seminar
(Thomas Wheeler-Schilling, Tübingen)
18:30 – 19:00 Marius Ueffing, Tübingen
Bridging the gap: Translational research in modern medicine
  Free Evening 

Friday, March 13 – Presentation of the 20 project outlines

08:30 – 10:00 Project outlines (8‘ +7‘ discussion each)
Presented by participants 1-6
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:00 Project outlines (8‘ +7‘ discussion each)
Presented by participants 7-12
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:30 Project outlines (8‘ +7‘ discussion each)
Presented by participants 13-20
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30 Evaluation, final discussion

Aims and Goals

DFG-workshops for Early Career Investigators are aimed particularly at preparing young academics throughout Germany early in their career for carrying out their own research projects independently and to encourage them to lead their first projects and attract third-party funding.

In the framework of this weeklong workshop, we would like to give 20 carefully selected candidates deepened insight in the field of neurosensory systems and prepare them well-directed for their first DFG application which they can file after the workshop. For this purpose, the workshop should give them the possibility for discussions with relevant national and international experts in the field of neurosensory systems and provide them with impulses for their advanced scientific qualification.

Application

Eligible to apply are young scientists from the fields of engineering-, natural-, and biological sciences (including medicine and pharmacy) who hold a doctorate and finished their doctoral studies no more than six years ago, with experience in the field of hearing research, vision research, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, neuroscience, biochemistry, pharmacology, medical technology or micro-surgery, but without previous experience in acquisition of third-party funding. The innovative projects shall contribute to the new development and advancement of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches (protection, regeneration, and restitution) in the fields of vision and hearing research. Interest in a scientific career is assumed. Clinician scientists are explicitly encouraged to submit an application.

Interested candidates will have to provide the following documents:

  • CV, including date of graduation (max. 1 page)
  • Complete list of publications
  • Short summary of doctoral thesis (1 page)
  • Inventive idea, summarized in a project outline (max. 2 pages; font size 11pt)
  • Letter of motivation (max. 1 page)
  • Letter of support by the current scientific advisor and director of the institute, including a statement on the future perspective of the applicant (at the institute)

Please note: The application deadline was on 30.11.2014, 5:00 pm

Dates

Application Deadline: 30.11.2014, 5:00 pm
Announcement of the results: January 2015
Workshop in Tübingen: 9.– 13.3.2015

Funded by

Workshop for Early Career Investigators "Neurosensory Systems - Protection – Regeneration – Restitution" with the focus on disorders of eye and ear funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) (ZR1/22-1)

More Informationen

Venue:

Universitäts-HNO-Klinik
Großer Hörsaal
Elfriede-Aulhorn Str. 5
72076 Tübingen, Germany

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Organisation

Dr. Michaela Bitzer
Research Management unit, Institute for Ophthalmic Research
Universität Tübingen
Frondsbergstr. 21, 72070 Tübingen
Tel.: +49 7071 29-87099
michaela.bitzer@klinikum.uni-tuebingen.de

Coordination:

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. mult. Eberhart Zrenner
Institute for Ophthalmic Research
Universität Tübingen

Co-Coordination:

Prof. Dr. med. Hubert Löwenheim
Universitätsklinik für Hals-Nasen-Ohrenheilkunde
Universität Oldenburg