Research Training Group

A major goal of the proposed CRC “Immune-Mediated Glomerular Diseases” is to promote the career of excellent young researchers/medical students. A prerequisite for this aim is the establishment of a well-structured experimental MD thesis programme designed to attract excellent medical students with a strong interest in basic and clinical research. We therefore apply for an Integrated Research Training Group entitled “Mechanisms of Immune-Mediated Tissue Injury” that will provide funds to eight medical students for one year, enabling them to work on an experimental MD thesis. During this period, the students will dedicate their time exclusively to their research activities. In addition to the eight stipends for MD students, the PhD graduate students, who are funded within the individual projects, will be members of the Integrated Research Training Group.

Qualification plan and study programme

In addition to their scientific work on their MD theses, the selected medical students and PhD students from the CRC will benefit from a structured training program, including advanced methodical courses with a focus on inflammation. In addition, regular seminars will improve their understanding of the basic immune mechanisms of inflammatory diseases and facilitate the translation of these findings into the clinical setting. Another central aim of the Intergrated Research Training Group is a structured training programme in “soft skills” and an individual mentoring/coaching programme. For this purpose, regular seminars on communication and presentation techniques and on scientific writing, as well as scientific education seminars, including lecture series and annual retreats, will be held. Furthermore, individual mentoring/coaching will be provided, especially for female participants.

In particular, the program will feature the following activities:

1. Journal club
2. Lab rounds
3. Lectures (and invited guest speakers)
4. Courses or seminars (e.g. advanced methodology, scientific writing, statistics)
5. Microteaching (training of presentation techniques)
6. Annual retreats
7. Scientific meetings
8. Individual mentoring/coaching

 The qualification program is designed to offer background knowledge in the core topics of the SFB and training in the skills relevant to the doctoral student‘s career stage. The overall workload in this program for the doctoral students is kept at approximately four hours per week on average. The vast majority of the teaching activities will be held in English. Meetings with a mentor or coach will be held in German or English, depending on the doctoral student’s needs.

medical students and PhD students 2018 / 2019



medical students and PhD students 2017 / 2018

Graduierte final


medical students 2016 / 2017

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