TWINCORE Symposium 2016

TWINCORE Symposium 2016

8. TWINCORE Symposium

On September 1st, 2016, international Infection researchers meet at TWINCORE for the eighth  time. This years topic: "Immunomodulation and evasion in infection".

We are looking forward to welcoming you at TWINCORE! Registration is not necessary!

External speakers

Professor André Gessner

Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hygiene, Universitätsklinikum Regensburg

Prof. Dr. Dr. André Gessner studied Medicine and Molecular Biology at the University of Hamburg. He received his MD in infection immunology and his PhD in molecular virology. After 5 years of basic research at the Heinrich-Pette –Institute in Hamburg he established his research group at the University of Erlangen where he also completed his training and examination as physician for medical microbiology and infectious disease epidemiologist. In 2001 he joined the laboratory of Prof. Locksley at the University of San Francisco (UCSF), USA. For many years he was the spokesman of the German study group of infection immunology. His scientific work is focussed on molecular infection immunology and infectious diseases. Prof. Gessner is certified antibiotic stewardship expert and reviewer for several international Journals and scientific societies, including the German research society (DFG) and the German Ministry of  Education and Science (BMBF). Between 2008 and 2010 he got four calls on university chairs for Medical Microbiology. Since 2010 he is professor and director of the Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hygiene at the University of Regensburg, where 150 employees are working on all aspects of infectious diseases. Recently, Prof. Gessner was elected research dean of the medical faculty in Regensburg.

Professor Allain Filloux

MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection, Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College London

2007 - present:
Professor in Molecular Microbiology at Imperial College London, Division of Cell and Molecular Biology, Deputy director of the MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection, Head of section Microbial Pathogenesis, Head of group Pseudomonas pathogenesis.
2004-2007: Director of the CNRS Research Unit 9027 (Laboratoire d'Ingénierie des Systèmes Macromoléculaires)
2001-2007: Head of the research group “Molecular Microbiology and Pathogenicity in Pseudomonads”, Marseille France.
1994-2007: Researcher position at the National Centre for Scientific Research. Recruited as 1st class assistant researcher (CR1) in 1994, and promoted to the grade of Research Director (DR) in 2001.
1990-1993: Assistant Professor, permanent position at the Utrecht University, Department of Molecular Cell Biology, The Netherlands.
1988-1990: Postdoctoral fellow with Pr. J. Tommassen, Utrecht University, Department of Molecular Cell Biology, The Netherlands. Supported by a grant from the European Commission.

Professor John P. DeVincenzo

Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee

Dr. John P. DeVincenzo is a Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Molecular Sciences, Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine. His research has focused on understanding the pathogenesis of Respiratory Syncytial virus directly in children and using this understanding to develop therapeutic and prevention strategies against this virus. Dr. DeVincenzo received his undergraduate degree in biology from Stanford University, and then attended Vanderbilt Medical School where he became interested in pediatric infectious diseases and earned his MD degree.  His internship and residency were completed at U.C.L.A Center for Health Sciences where he worked with Dr. Jim Cherry.  After finishing his pediatrics training, he studied tropical medicine at Walter Reed and practiced general medicine in Central Africa before starting formal training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. During this time he completed a research fellowship at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. DeVincenzo is currently also the medical director of the University affiliated Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Virology Laboratory and the Methodist/Le Bonheur Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory. He is a practicing pediatric infectious disease specialist, lectures at the Medical School and is involved in award winning clinical teaching of medical students, residents, and fellows.