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NSI Rising Stars in Immunology Seminar Series

We are pleased to have Prof Tobias Lenz (Sept 30) and Prof Dr. Yana Safonova (Oct 7) as presenters at the NSI Rising Stars in Immunology  – see seminar details below:

Sept 30th

Speaker: Prof Dr. Tobias Lenz will talk about: Evolutionary genomics of an optimal adaptive immune response – Trade-offs between pathogen resistance and autoimmunity
Talk coordinates: Thursday, Sept 30 2021, at 14.00. 

https://uio.zoom.us/j/68257307802?pwd=c1ZwdkwreFAvNFJuckpHM29HV3VOQT09

Meeting ID: 682 5730 7802

Passcode: 747229

[Bio: Prof. Dr. Tobias L. Lenz, is Head of Research Unit for Evolutionary Immunogenomics, Institute of Zoology, University of Hamburg, Heisenberg Professorship. “Our research investigates the evolutionary origin and consequences of functional genetic diversity in the context of health and disease. A particular focus of the group lies on the dynamics and trade-offs that govern successful antigen presentation and recognition in the adaptive immune system of vertebrates. We are exploring the complex interactions between the functional variability of antigen-presenting MHC molecules, the dynamics of the interacting T cell repertoire, and the antigen evolution in pathogens in order to improve our understanding of immune-mediated diseases in particular and the evolution of the adaptive immune system in general.” Google scholar: https://scholar.google.ch/citations?hl=en&user=-Tf6dCkAAAAJ]

Oct 7th

Speaker: Prof Dr. Yana Safonova will talk about: High-throughput profiling of antibody repertoires enables large-scale analysis of adaptive immune responses
Talk coordinates: Thursday, Oct 7th 2021, at 14.00. 

https://uio.zoom.us/j/61109831021?pwd=ZzBMSTVaT3k3YTcwUnJZYjd6L3gydz09

Meeting ID: 611 0983 1021

Passcode: 070059

[Bio: Prof. Dr. Yana Safonova, is an Incoming Assistant Professor. Department of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University, USA.. “Currently, I am focusing on open problems in immunogenomics and computational immunology that include applications of the recently emerged immunosequencing technology (or repertoire sequencing) to design of antibody drugs, prediction of vaccine efficacy, and population analysis of the immune loci. Click here to learn more about the research projects.” Google scholar: https://scholar.google.ch/citations?hl=en&user=v1DsRLMAAAAJ]


Per Brandtzæg Travel Award

NSI is pleased to announce that applications for the Per Brandtzæg Travel Award are now open.

Per Brandtzæg was a world-renowned Norwegian dentist and medical researcher committed to supporting mucosal immunology research.

The Per Brandtzæg Travel Award provides up to 100,000 NOK for training support in mucosal research. Training must be abroad. Postdocs within 7 years of completing their PhD or exceptional PhD students affiliated with a Norwegian university may apply.

Please click here for more details: Per Brandtzæg Travel Award

Deadline for applications are 03 November 2021.


In Memoriam

NSI sadly acknowledges the recent passing of three honorary NSI members Erik Thorsby (1938-2021),  Jacob Birger Natvig (1934-2021) Marten Harboe (1929-2021).

Erik, Jacob and Marten were internationally-recognized pioneers of medicine and basic research and helped establish the foundation of the Norwegian immunology community.

Morten Harboe (1929-2021): https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/sji.13054

Erik Throsby (1938-2021): https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/sji.13055

Jacob Birger Natvig (1934-2021): https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/sji.13053


NSI Patrons and Sponsors

Immunology is a collaboration between excellent academic research and innovative companies aiming to understand disease mechanisms and develop new therapeutics.

NSI greatly appreciates the support of the following academic centers and industrial partners in fostering the Norwegian immunology community.

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