Previous lectures


Prof. Dr. Jürgen Ruland, director of the institute of clinical chemistry and pathobiochemistry from TU Munich
“Immune Signals in Cancer”
14.05.2019, 19ct
The immune system plays a pivotal role in cancer pathogenesis and treatment. On the one hand, immune cells are capable of recognizing and destroying malignant tumors and these abilities are successfully harnessed for cancer immunotherapy, which is revolutionizing the clinical management of a wide array of cancers. On the other hand, pathological immunity can also create microenvironments that promote the initiation and progression of cancer of various tissues and subvert tumorimmune surveillance. Moreover, immune cells themselves can be targets of malignant transformation, resulting in leukemias and lymphomas. Here, we will discuss both pro- and anti-cancer effects of the immune system and their implications for therapy.

Prof. Dr. Sylvia Kaiser, Adjunct Professor, Department of Behavioural Biology, University of Münster
“How to assess animal welfare?”
15.01.2019 19ct
Good scientific practice in biomedical research includes assuring good welfare of experimental animals. Welfare can vary on a continuum from very good to very poor. The crucial question is: What are suitable methods to assess animal welfare objectively? In the last decades animal welfare research succeeded to establish reliable methods to diagnose welfare of animals living under human made housing conditions. In this talk, physiological and ethological indicators for animal welfare will be discussed on the basis of research examples: the main focus will be on stress hormones, spontaneous behaviour as well as preference tests. Furthermore, the assessment of emotions will be highlighted. Taken together, this talk aims to discuss an animal friendly housing and handling of experimental animals.