Integrated Research Training Group

General Goal

The central goal of the graduate training group program is to teach the students how to plan, conduct and evaluate an experimental research project. The publication and presentation of scientific results will be trained (orally and written). At the end of the program the students should be able to assess critically his or her own work and that of others, to communicate science and to interact with other members/scientists.

Scientific Goal

The CRC is featured by its interdisciplinary approach to investigate the composition, structure and function of the tumor microenvironment. One major long term goal is the development of innovative therapeutic approaches based on the improved biological understanding of the tumor microenvironment. This challenge can only be reached by a close cooperation of basic and clinically oriented researches that will be initiated and supported within the Integrated Research Training Group.

Program Highlights

An important cooperation of the Integrated Research Training Group is the promotion of short term research stays at a partner University abroad (up to 12 month) for students of the Integrated Research Training Group. To this end this CRC will use the established, strategic partnership between the Center for Integrated Oncology Köln Bonn (CIO) with the University Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI). For this purpose, we will establish an "Exchange of Excellence Program" between the UPCI and the CIO Cologne-Bonn. This program will combine the strengths of both institutions to accelerate progress in basic and clinical cancer research and education. We will award the best students of each year for short or medium term exchange visits in the partnering laboratories in Pittsburgh.

Another key feature are short term scholarships for PhD/MD (max 12 month). These scholarships will be used to attract guest students from abroad to further strengthen the international cooperation and networks among the young scientists.

Study Programme

The study program includes lectures, seminars and practical courses, to be attended 2-4 hours a week for two years. The flexible curriculum will allow students to tailor a course of study to fit their particular educational background and their specific research interests (topics include molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, pathology, genetics, immunology, virology, and bioinformatics/statistics). Opportunities for training in fields ranging from ecology and evolution to medicine including all of the major cellular and animal model organisms will be provided for the students. The training courses will focus on corresponding techniques in theory and practice.

Besides that, general skills like good scientific practice and soft skills (scientific writing and presentation, preparation of applications, career management) will be trained. These training courses are already established in the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Program in Molecular Medicine (MD/PhD Program of the ZMMK in Cologne) and will be carried out in cooperation.

The following figure describes the general structure of the Integrated research Training group. The concept and aims of this training group complements already established structures in Bonn and Cologne (e.g. MD/PhD-Programm des Zentrums für Molekulare Medizin Köln (ZMMK); Graduate School for Biological Sciences der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät Köln).


CRC832 Seminar Series
18 June 2014 | 5 pm (c.t.)
Changes in tissue and cellular organisation at early stages of colon cancer (Näthke I.)
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Transient anti-angiogenic treatment improves delivery of cytotoxic compounds and therapeutic outcome in lung cancer
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