Infection, Immunity & Transplantation (IIT)

The PhD program "Infection, Immunity & Transplantation" (IIT), previously termed “Infectious Diseases: Molecular Mechanisms”, compiles all doctoral (i.e. postgraduate) studies in the framework of infectious diseases, immunity and transplantation in a pre-clinical and clinical context. This program is part of a ‘Centre of Excellence‘ and involves a variety of institutes from the Medical University of Innsbruck which allows students to cover a wide range of timely subjects including medical microbiology, immunology and transplantation. A special emphasis is set on host-pathogen-interactions at the molecular level. This program is dedicated to the idea that medics should learn science & scientists should learn medicine!

The Core Courses of the program are taught on an annual basis which may be accomplished during the first year. The program requires 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) to complete, of which 150 are achieved with the doctoral thesis. The flexibility of the program allows students to choose their own subjects and schedule as further elaborated below.

The IIT program is run in very close collaboration with program of excellence (FWF- DK HOROS) funded by the Austrian Ministry of Science with an applied run-time until Summer 2023. This program has regular calls for PhD studentships (link to HOROS application).

Lectures and Courses

Overview


As for all other programs, lectures/courses from all categories, Core Courses, Journal Clubs & Seminars and General Subjects have to be attended.

The Core Courses (KF) of the program are taught on an annual basis (i.e. once a year, if these are lectures), starting with the Ring Lecture. The teaching program of HOROS is identical to the teaching program of Infection, Immunity & Transplantation (IIT). However, for the practical courses, HOROS students will have first choice, but as it is well organised, the IIT students will eventually also get a place there. If a student starts his/her doctoral work late during the winter semester, or at the beginning of the summer semester, he/she may however take other courses first, including HOROS Seminars, HOROS Progress Reports or other Core Courses, so that he/she will not lose any time. During the following year he/she will be able to attend the obligatory Ring Lecture.

The schedule is easy to follow. The student has enough choice but he/she will more or less automatically fulfill all necessary requirements for the program (e.g. the minimum hours in each category).

The student is free to choose specific subjects, i.e. concentrating on viral infections, or/and bacterial and fungal infections or/and tropical medicine. It is optional, although strongly recommended, to participate in practical workshops, which are offered each term.

The students are encouraged to attend courses of other programs, especially during his/her later semesters. However, in order to ensure that the ‘own’ Core Courses are attended, normally these Core Courses (KF) of other programs will count as Elective Subjects. As our program encourages international exchange, courses taken abroad may be accepted for the different categories, if the program coordinator agrees.

After a five week block of the ring lectures series some Core Courses will be taught during the mornings, but not too early and not much longer than for two hours, with a break in between. This ensures that the students can start their experiments in the morning (using incubation time and coffee break for the lectures) and the lecturers can already accomplish some of their more urgent day-to-day business before the lecture. Other lectures will be taught in the afternoon/evening. 

Graphical display and description of all courses in the program

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Legends (numbers = ECTS- points = SWS):
RING LECT……..  Ring Lecture
PRS……………… IIT/HOROS Progress Report Seminars 
JC………………..  IIT/HOROS Journal Clubs
SEM……………..  IIT/HOROS Seminars 
RS……………….. IIT/HOROS Research Seminars
 

 

IIT/HOROS CORE COURSES

Ring Lecture (RING LECT, 2.5 ECTS, obligatory, 45001)

Ring Lecture will give a broader overview on subjects related to infection, immunity and transplantation.

Other Core Courses 

Please see section IIT/HOROS Core Courses.

 

IIT/HOROS PROGRESS REPORT SEMINARS & JOURNAL CLUBS

IIT/HOROS Progress Report Seminars (PRS, 6 x 1 ECTS, 45008 / 45508)

These are "work progress seminars" which should enable the dissertation committee to assess the students' progress, but are also important to ensure an inter-connection with all IIT and HOROS students. The discussion after each talk should be dominated by the other students. The dissertation committee and supervisor may also participate in the discussion and will meet afterwards to discuss the past and future progress in the presence of that student. A protocol must be compiled by the student summarizing the features discussed. All students have to present their data every year.

IIT/HOROS Journal Clubs (JC, 3 x 1 ECTS, 455XX

IIT/HOROS Journal Clubs are seminars where each student will chose one important scientific paper not too close to her/his own project, but of general interest which she/he will present to the peers. Students have to actively participate in these talks by asking questions (minimum one question per semester) and each student also has to moderate one talk. *The Journal Club is optional, but it is strongly advised to take at least one Journal Club during the study to compensate for a missing Progress Report Seminar. It can also count as an Elective Subject.       

 

IIT/HOROS ELECTIVE SUBJECTS

IIT/HOROS Seminars (SEM, 6 x 0.5 ECTS, 45007 / 45507)

These cover the seminars which are regularly held at the Department of Hygiene, Microbiology and Public Health, CIIT, MUI, LFU etc. where international scientists deliver their talks. However, other talks at other institutions or congresses also and automatically count towards these 0.5 ECTS points.

Other Elective Subjects 

Please see section IIT/HOROS Elective Subjects.

 

IIT/HOROS RESEARCH SEMINARS

IIT/HOROS Research Seminars (RS, 6 x 1 ECTS, obligatory, 45017 / 45515)

Research Seminars are for the (usually) weekly assessment of the most recent results, presented to the tutor usually in the presence of the other members of the research group.

 

GENERAL SUBJECTS 

General Subjects (4 – 5 ECTS)

General Subjects are open to all programs and provide general news and views common to all biomedical research areas. General Subjects (for all programs) are organised by Ao.Univ.-Prof.DDr. R. Würzner.

Please also see section General Subjects.

Core Courses


The core courses will enable the student to obtain a general knowledge in the area including most recent discoveries. This is ensured by the fact that all lecturers scientifically and/or clinically work in that particular area. Optional core courses providing a more detailed and thorough view of that particular field, including discussion of provocative and aberrant views, will supplement the obligatory introductory Ring lecture. The core courses are detailed below; ECTS=SWS, different SWS in ()

Graphical display and description of all Core Courses in the program

WINTER

ECTS  (SWS)

SUMMER

ECTS  (SWS)

TIME-Ring Lecture    

2.5

Fungal Infections           

1

Host Defence Mechanisms            

1

Bacterial Infections

1

Vaccination

0.5

Viral Infections

1

Clinical Infectious Diseases, Tropical Med., Parasitol. I

0.5

Clinical Infectious Diseases, Tropical Med., Parasitol. II

0.5

Chemotherapy, Antibiotics and Resistance         

1

HOROS - Novel Methods

1 (1.5)

HOROS - Novel Methods

1 (1.5)

Infectious Disease Diagnostics in Daily Routine

1 (1.5)

Infectious Disease Diagnostics in Daily Routine

1 (1.5)

CORE COURSES

(Topic, lecturer, ECTS (SWS), winter (WS) or summer (SS) semester)

 

Host defence mechanisms | Wiegers | 1 | WS

General introduction into the immune system with particular respect to infectious diseases

 

Clin. Infect. Diseases, Trop. Medicine, Parasitology I & II | Theurl, Weiss | 0.5 + 0.5 | WS & SS

Pathophysiology, diagnostics, clinical pictures and prevention of tropical diseases based on recent findings

 

Vaccination | Würzner | 0.5 | WS

History of vaccinations and recent developments, advantages and disadvantages of immunisations

 

Fungal infections | Haas, Speth, Würzner | 1 | SS

Fungal infections & their impact in intensive care medicine, Candida spp., Aspergillus spp., emerging fungi

 

Bacterial infections | Orth-Höller, Würzner | 1 | SS

Gramnegative cocci (meningococci, gonococci), Grampositive cocci & rods, Gramnegative rods

 

Chemotherapy, Antibiotics and Resistance | Nagl, Würzner | 1 | SS

History, General aspects of treatment, bioavailability and drug metabolisation, resistance mechanisms

 

Viral Infections | Speth, Stoiber | 1 | SS

General aspects of viral infections, detailed and up-to-date examples

 

HOROS - Novel Methods | Wilflingseder et al. | 1 (1.5 SWS) | WS & SS

Practical course on novel biomedical techniques

 

Infectious disease diagnostics in daily routine | Orth-Höller, Würzner | 1 (1.5 SWS) | WS & SS

Demonstration of most recent developments in diagnostic routine

Progress Report Seminars & Journal Clubs


IIT/HOROS Progress Report Seminars
These are "work progress seminars" which should enable the dissertation committee to assess the students' progress, but are also important to ensure an inter-connection with all IIT and HOROS students. The discussion after each talk should be dominated by the other students. The dissertation committee and supervisor may also participate in the discussion and will meet afterwards to discuss the past and future progress in the presence of that student. A protocol must be compiled by the student summarizing the features discussed. All students have to present their data every year. 

IIT/HOROS Journal Clubs

IIT/HOROS Journal Clubs are seminars where each student will chose one important scientific paper not too close to her/his own project, but of general interest which she/he will present to the peers. Students have to actively participate in these talks by asking questions (minimum one question per semester) and each student also has to moderate one talk. The Journal Club is optional, but it is strongly advised to take at least one Journal Club during the study to compensate for a missing Progress Report Seminar. It can also count as an Elective Subject. 

Elective Subjects


IIT/HOROS Elective subjects are the courses which qualify for any of the categories above (when the maximum is reached) or courses of the Clinical PhD studies, advanced courses from the Molecular Medicine program or German language courses for non-native German speakers.

Research Seminar


Research Seminars are for the (usually) weekly assessment of the most recent results, presented to the tutor usually in the presence of the other members of the research group.

General Subjects


General Subjects are open to all programs and provide general news and views common to all biomedical research areas. General Subjects (for all programms) are organised by Ao.Univ.-Prof.DDr. R. Würzner. Details on the General Subjects can be found here.

Students

Anika Bresk

Bresk Anika

E-Mail: anika.bresk@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: von Laer Dorothee

Tiziana Gasperetti

Gasperetti Tiziana

E-Mail: tiziana.gasperetti@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Bellmann Romuald

Moris Sangineto

Sangineto Moris

E-Mail: moris.sangineto@student.i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Tilg Herbert

Tiziana Gasperetti

Gasperetti Tiziana

E-Mail: tiziana.gasperetti@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Bellmann Romuald

Ludwig Knabl

Knabl Ludwig

E-Mail: ludwig.knabl@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Lass-Flörl Cornelia

Lisa Mayr

Mayr Lisa

E-Mail: lisa.mayr@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Adolph Timon-Erik

Felix Grabherr

Grabherr Felix

E-Mail: felix.grabherr@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Adolph Timon-Erik

Simon Geisler

Geisler Simon

E-Mail: simon.geisler@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Fuchs Dietmar

Anna Brandtner

Brandtner Anna

E-Mail: anna.brandtner@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Joannidis Michael

André Viveiros

Viveiros André

E-Mail: andre.viveiros@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Zoller Heinz

Benedikt Schäfer

Schäfer Benedikt

E-Mail: benedikt.schaefer@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Zoller Heinz

Andreas Fritz

Fritz Andreas

E-Mail: andreas.fritz@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Lass-Flörl Cornelia

Bernhard Pollner

Pollner Bernhard

E-Mail: bernhard.pollner@student.i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Lass-Flörl Cornelia

Veronika Thöni

Thöni Veronika

E-Mail: veronika.thoeni@student.i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Tilg Herbert

Anika Bresk

Bresk Anika

E-Mail: anika.bresk@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: von Laer Dorothee

Christoph Grander

Grander Christoph

E-Mail: christoph.grander@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Tilg Herbert

Sophie Macheiner

Macheiner Sophie

E-Mail: sophie.macheiner@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Tilg Herbert

Christina Brühwasser

Brühwasser Christina

E-Mail: christina.bruehwasser@student.i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Lass-Flörl Cornelia

Benjamin Hetzer

Hetzer Benjamin

E-Mail: benjamin.hetzer@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Würzner Reinhard

René Welte

Welte René

E-Mail: rene.welte@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Bellmann Romuald

Thomas Orasch

Orasch Thomas

Department: HOROS I Student Since 2014

E-Mail: thomas.orasch@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Haas Hubertus

Marco Grasse

Grasse Marco

Department: HOROS I Student (reg. at LFU) Since 2014

E-Mail: marco.grasse@uibk.ac.at

Supervisor: Grubeck-Loebenstein Beatrix

Britta Schiela

Schiela Britta

Department: HOROS I Student Since 2014

E-Mail: britta.schiela@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Stoiber Heribert

Stefanie Dichtl

Dichtl Stefanie

Department: HOROS I Student Since 2014

E-Mail: stefanie.dichtl@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Weiss Günter

Parul Rohit Chandorkar

Chandorkar Parul Rohit

Department: HOROS I Student Since 2014

E-Mail: parul.chandorkar@student.i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Lass-Flörl Cornelia

Samyr Kenno

Kenno Samyr

Department: HOROS I Student Since 2015

E-Mail: samyr.kenno@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Würzner Reinhard

Damia Noce

Noce Damia

Department: HOROS I Associate Student Since 2015

E-Mail: damia.noce@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Lass-Flörl Cornelia

Anna-Maria Dietl

Dietl Anna-Maria

Department: HOROS I Associate Student Since 2014

E-Mail: anna-maria.dietl@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Haas Hubertus

Chiara Volani

Volani Chiara

Department: HOROS I Associate Student Since 2015

E-Mail: chiara.volani@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Weiss Günter

Erin Naismith

Naismith Erin

Department: HOROS I Associate Student (reg. at LFU) Since 2015

E-Mail: erin.naismith@uibk.ac.at

Supervisor: Grubeck-Loebenstein Beatrix

Carina Miggitsch

Miggitsch Carina

Department: HOROS I Associate Student (reg. at LFU) Since 2015

E-Mail: carina.miggitsch@uibk.ac.at

Supervisor: Grubeck-Loebenstein Beatrix

Verena Petzer

Petzer Verena

Department: HOROS I Associate Student Since 2016

E-Mail: verena.petzer@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Weiss Günter

Sneha Chatterjee

Chatterjee Sneha

Department: HOROS I Associate Student Since 2015

E-Mail: sneha.chatterjee@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Würzner Reinhard

Antonio Pérez Hansen

Pérez Hansen Antonio

Department: HOROS I Associate Student Since 2016

E-Mail: antonio.hansen@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Lass-Flörl Cornelia

Federica Fazzini

Fazzini Federica

Department: HOROS I Affiliate Student Since 2015

E-Mail: federica.fazzini@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Kronenberg Florian

Hemalata Deshmukh

Deshmukh Hemalata

Department: HOROS I Affiliate Student Since 2014

E-Mail: hemalata.deshmukh@i-med.ac.at

Supervisor: Speth Cornelia

Cornelia Fabritius

Fabritius Cornelia

Department: Left: 2016. Graduated in Berlin:

Supervisor: Kotsch Katja

Valentina Stolz

Stolz Valentina

Department: Left: 2016. Graduated in Vienna:

Supervisor: Lass-Flörl Cornelia

Malte Aßhoff

Aßhoff Malte

Department: Graduated: 2017

Supervisor: Theurl Igor

Muneeb Ahmad Idrees

Idrees Muneeb Ahmad

Department: Graduated: 2017

Supervisor: Stoiber Heribert

David Haschka

Haschka David

Department: Graduated: 2017

Supervisor: Weiss Günter

Mirjam Bachler

Bachler Mirjam

Department: Graduated: 2017

Supervisor: Fries Dietmar

Bettina Schenk

Schenk Bettina

Department: Graduated: 2017

Supervisor: Fries Dietmar

Rita Caramalho

Caramalho Rita

Department: Graduated: 2017

Supervisor: Lass-Flörl Cornelia

Marion Steger

Steger Marion

Department: Graduated: 2017

Supervisor: Wilflingseder Doris

Verena Wieser

Wieser Verena

Department: Graduated: 2016

Supervisor: Tilg Herbert

Ulla Knackmuss

Knackmuss Ulla

Department: Graduated: 2016

Supervisor: Wilflingseder Doris

Raimund Pechlaner

Pechlaner Raimund

Department: Graduated: 2015

Supervisor: Kiechl Stefan

Magdalena Riedl

Riedl Magdalena

Department: Graduated: 2015

Supervisor: Würzner Reinhard

Elisabeth Maurer

Maurer Elisabeth

Department: Gratuated: 2014

Supervisor: Lass-Flörl Cornelia

Reinhard Tober

Tober Reinhard

Department: Graduated: 2014

Supervisor: von Laer Dorothee

Emina Jukic

Jukic Emina

Department: Graduated: 2014

Supervisor: Lass-Flörl Cornelia

Kerstin Schmidt

Schmidt Kerstin

Department: Graduated: 2014

Supervisor: von Laer Dorothee

Wegene Tamir Borena

Borena Wegene Tamir

Department: Graduated: 2014

Supervisor: Ulmer Hanno

Manuela Zlamy

Zlamy Manuela

Department: Graduated: 2014

Supervisor: Prelog Martina

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Reinhard Würzner

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Reinhard Würzner

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