University of Heidelberg

Important Information:

Symposium: 09. and 10. October 2017

Location: International Academic Forum, Heidelberg (

Registration & Abstract submission:


Hengstberger-Symposium funded by the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Foundation







Venue & Location

Vaccines are one of the most important interventions in disease management and public health. They use the ability of our immune system to memorize previous infections, making it able to respond faster and stronger to subsequent infections with the same pathogen.

Despite frequent use many aspects of the generation of immunological memory still remain to be solved: How many immune cells are generated during an infection/ vaccination, and how many cells are needed for efficient protection against certain pathogens? What is the capacity of our immunological memory, and how often do we have to booster our memories? Interpreting experimental data with mathematical models and bioinformatical tools is essential to address these questions and to develop effective vaccination strategies.

The symposium aims at bringing together immunologists, virologists and parasitologists with mathematical modellers and system biologists to discuss novel ways for systematic vaccine design. Topics include:

  • T- and B-cell Immunology
  • Generation of Immunological Memory
  • Maintenance and Manipulation of Immunological Memory
  • Protection against specific Pathogens & Diseases
  • Vaccination Approaches & Strategies

Discussing experimental findings and system theoretical approaches the symposium aims at identifying and addressing the important questions and challenges regarding the systematic and quantitative understanding of immunological memory generation and maintenance.


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