1-3 February, 2021
On February 1 to 3, 2021 The Institute for Molecular Cardiovascular Research (IMCAR) of the University Hospital of RWTH Aachen hosted an international winter school under the direction of Priv.-Doz. Dr. rer. nat. Claudia Göttsch, Priv.-Doz. Dr. Heidi Noels as well as Institute Director Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Joachim Jankowski. The "Virtual Cardiorenal Winter School" combines four European graduate training programs (ITN "CaReSyAn", "INTRICARE", "Strategy-CKD"; EU-Project "Eurlipids") as well as the graduate school of the SFB/TRR219 with the central focus on organ interaction between heart and kidney. About 80 students and researchers from eight countries discussed their latest research data in the field of cardiovascular diseases, exchanged experiences and learned from and with each other. Due to COVID-19 limitations, the event took place digitally.
"Guiding PhD and MD students on their way to becoming independent and innovative scientific personalities with a focus on interaction and interdisciplinarity is a special concern for us," emphasized Dr. Göttsch, head of the Graduate School of the SFB/TRR219 and the Cardio-Renal Biomedical Graduate School of the Faculty of Medicine. "International collaboration is essential for high-level research," pointed out Dr. Noels, head of the EU project "CaReSyAn." Prof. Jankowski, spokesperson of the SFB/TRR219 and head of the ITN "CaReSyAn," added, "Our young scientists are conducting research on a clinically highly relevant topic. Patients with chronic renal failure very often suffer from cardiovascular disease and we want to explore why this is so in order to be able to develop therapeutic strategies."