15.11.2018 09:30

NoRDI VIII - North Regio Day on Infection


Symposium and Jürgen Wehland Award

The topic of this year’s NoRDI VIII symposium is "Anti-infective strategies in the post-antibiotic era". The one-day meeting will focus on innovative and alternative approaches against anti-microbial resistance that go beyond the likewise important screening for new antibiotics or measures such as improved hygiene and antibiotic stewardship. The symposium will be divided into three sessions: Epidemiology, Public Health & Anti Transmission Strategies, RNA in Infection, Alternative Therapies.

The “North Regio Day on Infection” (NoRDI) was established in 2010 as a central event and meeting place for scientists from universities and research institutions from Northern Germany. The participants can exchange research results and discuss important questions and future challenges in different fields of infection biology.

The meeting is of great interest especially for junior scientists, giving them the chance to present their research results and discuss them with established scientists in the field. They can submit an abstract to take part in the poster exhibition. The best entries will be selected for short talks (submission starts with registration August).

Traditionally, embedded in the scientific programme is the Jürgen Wehland Award ceremony for young scientists in infection research. The ceremony takes place in honourable remembrance of the former Scientific Director of the HZI.


15.11.2018 09:30


Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Building and room



Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

NoRDI VIII (15.11.2018) “Anti-infective strategies in the post-antibiotic era” 

  • 08:30Registration

Session I: Epidemiology, Public Health & Anti-Transmission Strategies
Chair: Jördis Ott, HZI (Germany)

  • 09:30 – 09:35Welcome address Dirk Heinz, Helmholtz Centre for Infection                                                    Research/HZI 
  • 09:35 – 10:05Hajo Grundmann, University Hospital Freiburg 
                    "Transmission dynamics of antibiotic resistance in health care"
  • 10:05 – 10:20    Bernd Neumann, Robert Koch-Institute, Wernigerode                                                                  "Disclosure of the population structure and transmission events of                                       vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE) in a tertiary care                                         hospital by combining WGS, epidemiological data and contact                                               network-based modelling"
  • 10:20 – 10:50Gabriele Pradel, RWTH Aachen University 
    "Ways to block malaria transmission"
  • 10:50 – 11:20Posters + Coffee

Session II: RNA & Infection
Chair: Petra Dersch, HZI (Germany)

  • 11:20 - 11:50Pascale Romby, University of Strasbourg (France)
    "Regulating Staphylococcus aureus virulence with RNAs"
  • 11:50 - 12:05Kristina Popova, Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection                                                    Research, Würzburg                                                                                                                                      "Modulation of the gut microbiota by antisense oligonucleotides as                                       novel antibiotics"
  • 12:05 - 12:20Gianluca Matera, Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection                                                  Research, Würzburg                                                                                                                                      "Unveiling the Hfq-mediated RNA-RNA interactome of Salmonella                                           Typhimurium"
  • 12:20 - 12:50Antoine Vigoroux, Institut Pasteur Paris (France)
                                    "Controlling transcription with mismatched CRISPR/dCas9 to learn
                                      about gene essentiality"
  • 13:00 – 14:30Posters + Lunch

Session III: Alternative Therapies
Chair: Mark Brönstrup, HZI (Germany)

  • 14:30 – 15:00Colin Hill, University College Cork (Ireland)
    "Using the microbiome to treat infection"
  • 15:00 – 15:15Svenja Wiechert, TWINCORE, Hannover                                                                                                "Labyrinthopeptin A1 and A2 efficiently inhibit cell entry of human                                          respiratory syncytial virus in vitro and reduce viral load in vivo"
  • 15:15 – 15:30Sandra Wienholt, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin                                                                  "Phage application against  Acinetobacter baumannii lung infection"
  • 15.30 – 16:00Andrew Macpherson, Inselspital Bern (Switzerland)
                                    "Development of the B-cell repertoire dissection using gnotobiology"
  • 16:00 – 16:30Posters + Coffee

Jürgen Wehland Award 2018

  • 16:30 – 16:35Introduction, Dirk Heinz, HZI 
  • 16:35 – 16:40Laudatio, Senior Scientist
  • 16:40 – 16:50Award ceremony 
  • 16:50 – 17:20Main Lecture,  Award Winner
  • 17:20 – 17:25ConclusionDirk Heinz, HZI 
  • 17:30 – 19:00Get-together 

How to find us in Braunschweig

Lage des Helmholtz-Zentrums in der Stadt Braunschweig.


Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

Inhoffenstraße 7

38124 Braunschweig


From Berlin/Wolfsburg/Helmstedt:

  • A2 till motorway interchange Wolfsburg/Königslutter > A39 direction Kreuz BS-Süd/Wolfenbüttel/Bad Harzburg
  • A39 till motorway interchange Kreuz BS Süd > A395 direction Wolfenbüttel
  • A395 till exit BS-Stöckheim > turn right into Mascheroder Weg
  • after 500m turn left into Inhoffenstraße

From Celle/Hannover:

  • A2 till motorway interchange Kreuz BS Nord > A391 direction Kreuz BS Süd/Bad Harzburg/Wolfenbüttel
  • A391 motorway interchange Kreuz BS Süd > A395 direction Wolfenbüttel
  • A395 till exit BS-Stöckheim > turn right into Mascheroder Weg
  • after 500m turn left into Inhoffenstraße

From Kassel/Salzgitter:

  • A7 till motorway interchange Kreuz Salzgitter > A39 direction Berlin/Braunschweig/Salzgitter
  • A39 till motorway interchange Kreuz BS-Süd > A395 direction Wolfenbüttel
  • A395 till exit BS-Stöckheim > turn right into Mascheroder Weg
  • after 500m turn left into Inhoffenstraße


Braunschweig Central Station has got two Intercity-Express-Lines, which are connecting Berlin-Braunschweig-Göttingen-Fulda-Frankfurt-Mannheim. 

Two other Intercity-Lines are in direction to Leipzig, Halle, Magdeburg and Hannover, Bremen, Oldenburg, Bielefeld, Wuppertal and Köln.

Here you'll get more information about the timetable.

Bus or Tram

Bus line 431 or Tram line 1 from central station to stop "Stöckheimer Markt". Turn left into "Mascheroder Weg" and after 500m turn right into "Inhoffenstraße". 

Futher links:

Braunschweig traffic corporation

Electronic time table (EFA)

Map provided by the city of Braunschweig


Hannover Airport is about 60 minutes away from Braunschweig (60km). You can hourly take a train in direction of Braunschweig.

From the International Airport Frankfurt you can reach Braunschweig in 180 minutes by train and it's about 350km away.

Berlin's Airports Schönefeld and Tegel are 120 minutes away from Braunschweig (230km). A train in direction of Braunschweig leaves every hour.



Christine Bentz
Press and Communication
+49 531 6181-1166

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