Scientists from McGill University visit Braunschweig

HZI and McGill University aim for research collaboration

A delegation of seven researchers from the leading Canadian university McGill recently spent two days at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig as part of a working visit. HZI and McGill University are currently establishing a cooperation from which the partners expect strong synergy effects. Especially in the field of individualized medicine, the institutions pursue common interests and want to work closely together in the future.

HZI and McGill University Researchers ©HZIHZI and McGill University Researchers ©HZI A two-day symposium was the centrepiece of the recent visit. Scientists from HZI and McGill University presented their research on selected research topics related to infection including global health, the role of microbiota in infections and personalized medicine. “We were very pleased to welcome the McGill delegation to the HZI. The visit helps us a lot to work out our connecting points and to define the next steps of our cooperation,” says Prof. Dirk Heinz, Scientific Director of HZI. During the symposium, Heinz presented the future orientation of the HZI to the guests. Prof. Marcel Behr, co-director of the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4), an initiative of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre, informed attendees about interdisciplinary approaches being pursued at the Canadian university. “The McGill delegates were very excited to hear of the science happening at the HZI and look forward to opportunities to collaborate in the future,” says Behr.

The visit of the McGill delegation in Braunschweig was a return visit to the participation of an HZI delegation at a mini symposium held in Montreal in May.

About McGill University
Founded in Montreal, Quebec, in 1821, McGill is a leading Canadian post-secondary institution. It has two campuses, 11 faculties, 13 professional schools, 300 programs of study and over 40,000 students, including more than 10,400 graduate students. McGill attracts students from over 150 countries around the world, its 12,500 international students making up 30% per cent of the student body. Over half of McGill students claim a first language other than English, including approximately 20% of students who say French is their mother tongue.

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