Gerok posts: medical research rotations for freedom, acknowledgment, and excellence

“We need more Gerok positions”! This is one of the conclusions that Prof. Dr. Robert Thimme noted in a section (p.11)  on the need for more freedom and space for research in medical qualification phases (German title: ...

New book with an angle on how patients can profit from inflammatory eye disease research

Cooperation between specialists is clearly crucial for gaining excellent results in the laboratory, and without these, there is no foundation for meaningful change in patient care. However, a deep and connected understanding of all the ...

How to steer a useful conversation with a protein: Interferon beta as novel therapy target for age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

A collaboration of FOR 2240 project 6 „Microglia in AMD“ (Principal Investigator Prof.  Thomas Langmann) and the Bayer-University of Cologne Graduate Program of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (PhD student Anika Lückoff), ...

A visit from Massachusetts

On April 26th, 2016, the DFG research unit FOR 2240 hosted Dr. Bruce Ksander (center) from Massachusetts at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Cologne. Dr. Ksander received his Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of ...

Professor Heping Xu explains para-inflammation in the retina

Heping Xu (MD, PhD) is Professor of Ocular Immunology in the Centre for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. He was trained as an ophthalmologist and together with his former teacher and colleague John Forrester, he ...

Working together to unveil Trojan-horse-style cancer cell travel into the eye

Several individual projects of the research unit FOR 2240 have produced an important collaborative paper: “The Trojan Horse Tale Revisted: An Eye on Metastatic Spread of Carcinoma Cells”. This paper was acknowledged as the cover ...

A visit from Iowa

The Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Cologne was the proud host of Dr. Oliver W. Gramlich, Ph.D. from the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and The Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research at the ...

FOR 2240 members among the top German-speaking ophthalmologic clinician-scientists

Laborjournal recently published a list of the top 50 most-cited ophthalmologists in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Researchers and clinicians were included in the list. Four individuals from the Dept. of Ophthalmology at the ...

Guest scientists from Asia in Project 1

The FOR 2240 research unit now has two international scholars on board: Ms. Yanghong Hou, MD, from China and Mr. Viet Nhat Hung Le, MD, from Vietnam. Ms. Hou did her undergraduate work in Medicine (Bachelor) and Ophthalmology (Master) ...

Finnish Academy Professor Kari Alitalo visits FOR 2240

Lymph-angiogenesis expert Kari Alitalo, a world-leading and widely cited cancer researcher who is now Director of the Wihuri Research Institute in Helsinki, Finland, addressed a lively audience on January 27th, 2016 on the topic of ...