6th International HIPS-Symposium

Recent Developments in Infection Research


The HIPS-Symposium brings together renowned scientists and young investigators from three pharmaceutical communities: natural products, medicinal chemistry and drug delivery. It provides a forum for senior scientists to exchange ideas while crossing borders of classical disciplines. At the same time it gives young investigators the chance to get valuable feedback on their projects by international experts in the respective fields.

  • Overview

    The HIPS-Symposium will take place in the Aula (bldg. A3.3) on campus of Saarland University. Meals, snacks and drinks will be provided. The participation is free of charge.

    Posters of young scientists are especially welcome. The poster boards at the conference venue are suited for posters in the format DIN A0 (upright).

    Registration is required for each participant via the online form. Deadline for registration and poster abstract submission is May 16, 2016.  


    To get to the website of HIPS please click here

    Date: 29.06.2016, 09:00


    Campus of Saarland University

    Building and room

    Aula (Gebäude A3.3)


    Marylyn Addo, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

    Alexander Crawford, Université du Luxembourg

    Rolf Apweiler, European Bioinformatics Institute

    Ingo Autenrieth, University of Tübingen

    Axel Brakhage, University of Jena

    Markus Kalesse Leibniz Universität Hannover

    Caroline Kisker, University of Würzburg

    Lorenz Meinel, University of Würzburg

  • Programme

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    Saarland University, Campus, Building A3 3 (Aula), 66123 Saarbrücken/Germany


    09:00 - 09:40


    Rolf Müller, Managing Director of HIPS

    Susanne Reichrath, State Chancellory of Saarland

    Volker Linneweber, President of Saarland University

    Dirk Heinz, Scientific Director of HZI



    Presentation Session I

    Chair: Rolf Müller, Managing Director of HIPS and Head of HIPS-Department Microbial Natural Products


    09:40 - 10:10

    Axel Brakhage, University of Jena

    Genome-based activation and refactoring of fungal gene clusters leading to novel bioactive compounds  


    10:10 – 10:40

    Alexander Crawford, Université du Luxembourg

    Fishing for drug-like natural products: Zebrafish as a platform for biodiscovery and drug safety


    10:40 – 11:10

    Caroline Kisker, University of Würzburg

    Towards new inhibitors against Mycobacterium tuberculosis


    11:10 - 11:45

    Coffee Break - Poster Session I



    Presentation Session II

    Chair: Rolf W. Hartmann, Head of HIPS-Department Drug Design and Optimization


    11:45 - 12:15

    Markus Kalesse, Leibniz Universität Hannover

    The synthesis of polyketides from myxobacteria


    12:15 – 12:45

    Marylyn Addo, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

    Emergency vaccines - Challenges and lessons learned from Ebola


    12:45 – 13:15

    Marylyn Addo, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

    Emergency vaccines - Challenges and lessons learned from Ebola


    13:15 - 14:30

    Lunch Poster Session II



    Presentation Session III

    Chair: Wilhelm Boland, Head of Department Bioorganic Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany, and President of the Scientific Advisory Board of HIPS


    14:30 – 16.00

    HIPS Podium


    Jennifer Herrmann

    Mechanism-of-action of the cyclic depsipeptide antibiotic telomycin


    Antonio Martins

    Application of dual inhibition concept within looped autoregulatory systems toward Antivirulence agents against Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections


    Sarah Gordon

    Barriers to successful anti-infective drug delivery: strategies for overcoming bioavailability problems


    Yuriy Rebets

    Biological sensors for direct detection of secondary metabolites


    Sebastian Adam

    Structural and functional investigation of the Bottromycin maturation enzyme BotP


    Roman Sommer

    Towards nonnatural carbohydrate-based inhibitors of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence factor LecB


    16:00 - 16:30

    Poster Session III - Coffee Break



    Presentation Session IV

    Chair: Claus-Michael Lehr, Head of HIPS-Department Drug Delivery


    16:30 – 17:00

    Andreas Manz, KIST Europe GmbH

    “Lab on chip” – microfluidics, organ on chip and biomimetic channel networks


    17:00 - 17:30

    Lorenz Meinel, University of Würzburg

    Responsive drug delivery systems


    17:30 – 18:00

    Ingo Autenrieth, University of Tübingen

    Translational infection biology: an approach to develop novel strategies for treatment of antibiotic resistant bacterial pathogens




  • Directions

    How to find the HIPS Symposium and the University Campus

    The HIPS Symposium takes place in the Aula of Saarland University.

    By car

    • from the north (Cologne/Trier) via the motorway A1/A8 to „Autobahnkreuz Neunkirchen“, take A6 to „Saarbrücken“
    • from the east (Kaiserslautern/Mannheim) via A6 to "Saarbrücken/Paris"
    • from the north-west from Luxembourg via A620 by-pass the city centre and follow A6 to „Mannheim“
    • from the west (Metz/Paris) and south-west (Strasbourg) via the A4/A320 (E50) follow A6 (E50) to „Mannheim“
    • to reach the campus from motorway A6: take exit no. 5 „St. Ingbert West/Universität“, follow „Universität Ost“, (ca. 6 km)

    By train

    (ICE/TGV and Intercity - Saarbrücken Central Station) you can reach the campus by local busses from the main train station (112, 124) and the city centre (101, 102, 109, 111) within 15 min 
    (see www.bahn.de)



  • Birgitta Lelarge

    Birgitta Lelarge

    Assistant to the director

    +49 681 98806-3022

    +49 681 98806-3003



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