24 October, starting at 9 am

Jürgen Wehland Symposium - NoRDI IV

No RDI IV 2013

and the Jürgen Wehland Award Ceremony

The innate immune response to bacterial, viral and parasitic infections is the main topic of this year's NoRDI meeting entitled “INNATE IMMUNITY TO INFECTIONS”.
Embedded in the scientific programme is the Jürgen Wehland Award ceremony for young scientists in infection research. The ceremony takes place for the third time in honourable remembrance of the former Scientific Director of the HZI.

The “North-Regio-Day on Infection” (NoRDI) was established in 2010 as a central event and meeting place for scientists from universities and research institutes of the northern region of Germany to exchange research results and recent technical developments as well as to discuss important questions and future tasks in different fields of infection biology. The meeting is of great interest for junior scientists wishing an update on the state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of bacterial and viral pathogenesis. It will give them the chance to discuss their research results with established scientists of the field.

A host of internationally renowned speakers has kindly accepted our invitations, and we are looking forward to an exceptionally strong scientific programme and numerous opportunities for discussion.

NoRDI is coordinated by the Technische Universität Braunschweig, the Robert Koch Institute, the TWINCORE, the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, the Hannover Medical School and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research.

We would like to invite you to attend the meeting and contribute to the scientific exchange with the speakers and with audience members.

Recognized by the Medical Chamber of Lower Saxony

Nordi has been recognized as an advanced training course by the Medical Chamber of Lower Saxony. Participating in the symposium will be rewarded with 7 points according to the regulations of the organization.

Certificates of attendance will be available for the participants at the time of accreditation. More detailed information about the process is available on the website of the Medical Chamber of Lower Saxony www.aekn.de

Registration is free if performed until 15 October (15€ on site).


24 October, starting at 9 am


Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Building and room



Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

09:50 – 10:00 

Dirk Heinz Scientific Director | Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung

Welcome adress

10:00 – 10:40

Klaus Pfeffer | Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf

“Guanylate binding proteins, a new class of interferon induced anti-microbial effector molecules”

10:40 – 11:20

Till Strowig | Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung

“Inflammasomes and the intestinal microbiota - a dangerous liaison”

11:20 – 11:50 Coffee break

11:50 – 12:30

Ildiko Rita Dunay | Universität Magdeburg

“Function of myeloid cell subsets in Toxoplasma gondii infection

12:30 – 13:10

Thorsten Wolff | Robert Koch-Institut Berlin

“Influenza virus: How a devious pathogen tricks the innate immune response”

13:10 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00

Bestowal of the Jürgen Wehland Prize

Laudatio by Thomas F. Schulz

Presentation of the Laureate

15:00 – 15:20

Bestowal of the Helmholtz International Fellow Award

Laudatio by Dirk Heinz

15:20 – 16:00

Pascale Cossart | Pasteur Institut Paris

“The bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes: a multifaceted model system and a reference”

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 – 17:10

Wolfram Brune | Heinrich Pette Institut Hamburg

“Subversion of host defenses by cytomegalovirus: more than just a RIP-off”

17:10 – 18:00

Fulvio Reggiori | University Medical Center Utrecht

“Coronaviruses hijack LC3-I positive EDEMosome membranes for replication”

18:00 Dinner & come together


The early bird registration fee is 10 € until the 1st of May . From the 2nd of May to the 2nd of June the fee will be 20 €. Registration on the day will cost 25 €.

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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.


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