NewsHARMLESS @ MBML Annual Retreat 2023

HARMLESS @ MBML Annual Retreat 2023


The international Graduate Program Molecular Biology and Medicine of the Lung (MBML) is specifically dedicated to the training and development of lung scientists and clinician-scientists. The Annual Retreat is focused jointly on the scientific development of the research projects of our enrolled “future scientists”.  This interdisciplinary meeting encourages scientific communication and competence through exchange of ideas and knowledge of all participating schools and institutions of the MBML. The students actively take part in reasoning processes among themselves and in interaction with their teachers. In doing so, they acquire valuable scientific skills for their future careers.

The Annual Retreat attendees consist of up to ten guest speakers who are leading experts in cardiopulmonary biology or medicine, the faculty, the student body and invited students from other sites of the Deutsches Zentrum für Lungenforschung (DZL). 

In the 2023 edition, the MBML celebrated its 20th anniversary, between 28 and 30 June 2023 in Schloss Rauischholzhausen (Giessen, Germany). It was organised by the Universities of Giessen & Marburg Lung Center (UGMLC), Deutsches Zentrum für Lungenforschung (DZL) and the Cardio Pulmonary Institute. It joined around 140 participants, mainly from academia.

Nanoparticle exposure causes lung inflammation, and the cellular perturbation pattern and cellular crosstalk depends on material type. As the HARMLESS project makes great use of single cell transcriptomics to investigate the nanomaterial specific cellular activation patterns and potential link to chronic lung diseases, our colleagues from HMGU participated in the annual retreat to show HARMLESS advancements in lung research. On June 28th, Lianyong Han (HMGU) gave an oral presentation in the session “Lung inflammation and acute lung injury” on lung single-cell transcriptomics to guide the development of AOP anchored cell-based assays in response to nanoparticle exposure.

The program is available here.

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