IRTG 1911

The symposium “Allergy meets Infection” is organized and hosted by the DFG-funded
International Research Training Group (IRTG) 1911.


The International Research Training Group (IRTG) 1911 is a joint doctoral training program between the University of Lübeck, Research Center Borstel, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The main goal is to set up an international network of research projects that will allow young researchers to delineate joint as well as distinct immune pathways underlying the development and control of allergic asthma and infections with intracellular pathogens. The research program is divided into two project areas:

A:   “Environmental changes as culprits of maladaptive immune deviation in allergy”

B:   “Cellular cross-talk and molecular mechanisms controlling infections with intracellular pathogens”

Hallmarks of the program are the cross-border supervisory concept, mandatory student exchange between the German and the US partner institutions and the interdisciplinary approach to bring together distinguished researchers from infection biology and immunology, systemic inflammation research, anatomy, cellular and molecular immunology as well as clinical allergy. The research program is supplemented by a structured qualification schedule including an IRTG-specific seminar, discussions with distinguished visiting researchers, bi-weekly journal clubs, soft skill and professional skill courses and a yearly international retreat.

Currently the program supports 13 doctoral researchers, 4 MD students and 2 MD/PhD students. Additionally, 2 students working on subjects closely related to the IRTG are associated.

The symposium “Allergy meets Infection” is completely organized by students of the IRTG 1911
Organizing committee