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News and Press

Thesis submission Nour

Submission Monash and JLU for joint award

Nour is the forth and last doctoral student to submit her thesis within 2016. Good job!

Thesis title:
Involvement of Activin and Follistatin in the Pathogenesis of Chronic Testicular Inflammation in Mice

November 2016

IRTG Renewal Proposal


Aiming for the next round....

Renewal Proposal

IRTG has submitted to the DFG the renewal proposal for a second funding period in time.

It was hard work, but feels good!


October 2016

Picture Award for Christine Kleinert

Best picture award at "9th GGL Annual Conference"

Christine, doctoral researcher in project 7 has ben awarded with a price for the best picture within the category research for her photograph ‚Peritubular Cells‘.

Congrats on that!

September 2016

Best Poster Award for Mathias Seidensticker

3rd place Best Poster Award at the 9th GGL Annual Conference

Best Poster Award GGL AC 2016 Mathias SeidenstickerMathias from project 6 was awarded for one of the best posters at the conference. Posters are evaluated by a specially compiled committee.

Well done Mathias!    

Poster title:
Visualization of PDE5 inhibitor effects in the prostate: no evidence for disturbances of ejaculation

September 2016

Betty Exintaris speaks at the 9th GGL Annual Conference

Co-Supervisor from Monash University is visiting Giessen - Sept 20 - 21

Betty Exintaris

Betty Exintaris, Co-Supervisor in projects 5 & 6, has been invited as the speaker of section 6 for the "9th GGL Annual Conference". Her talk on "Spontaneous contractile activity in the human prostate gland: implications for a more personalised treatment approach for benign prostatic hyperplasia" will take place in the afternoon of September 20.

We are happy to welcome her here and wish her a pleasant stay.


September 2016

Farewell to Vera

Saying goodbye to Postdoc in project 9

Michel, VeraVera has been offered an attractive permanent position in private enterprise and is embracing this opportunity.
We want to say thank you for the good job and her outstanding team spirit.

All the best for your future Vera!

September 2016

Travel Grants for Sivanjah Indumathy

Two travel grants for conferences in Australia obtained

Sivanjah received grants to participate at the Inflammation in Reproduction, Pregnancy and Development Symposium in Palm Cove, Australia as well as the Joint Conference of the Society for Reproductive Biology/Endocrine Society of Australia at Gold Coast were she contributed with a talk.

August 2016

Thesis submission Constanze

Submission Monash and JLU for joint award

Conni, conducted her doctoral research within project 8 and just now submitted her thesis.
Well done, we're proud of her!

Thesis title Conni:
Hyperglycaemia is associated with male infertility and activin dysregulation in type 1 diabetes

August 2016

Patrick Western from Monash at JLU

Erasmus+ grant for international staff mobility

Patrick WesternHis visit offers a great opportunity to discuss prospective IRTG collaboration with Undraga Schagdarsurengin and Klaus Steger.
We are looking forward to welcoming him here and having him with us.

July 2016

Welcome to Elena!

Medical student in project 5        

Elena BergWelcome to Elena who will spend the next 6 months in the Molecular Andrology lab to carry out research for her thesis. We wish her a fruitful stay and a succesful time here with us at the IRTG!

July 2016

Welcome back Robert!

Doctoral Student of project 6 on his way back home to Giessen  

After a 3 months research stay in Monash under supervision of Stuart Ellem Robert Kügler is on his way back home from Australia.
A warm welcome back!

July 2016

Welcome to Qingkui!

Doctoral Student in project 8 joined IRTG       

Jiang, QingkuiWe are happy about Qingkui's decision to join the IRTG after already working in Thomas Linn's group for some time. We are looking forward to a successful collaboration.

July 2016

Travel Grants for Rukmali

from DAAD and the Larry Ewing Memorial Trainee Travel Fund (375 US$)

To attend and give a long oral presentation at the SSR 2016 meeting (Society for the Study of Reproduction) Rukmali has secured two travel grants this June.

Title of presentation:
Activin over-expression is associated with androgen deficiency and structural alterations in the murine male reproductive tract

June 2016

Best Talk Award for Anna-Lena Hempfling

Anna-Lena awarded as best speaker in Rennes 

ALH RennesThe 9th meeting of the International Network for Young Researchers in Male Fertility (INYRMF) took place in Rennes, France.

Congratulations to Anna-Lena!

June 2016

First IRTG thesis submissions by Anna-Lena and Britta

Submission Monash and JLU for joint award

Anna-Lena and Britta, working within project 1&2, submit their thesis. Both carried out research within the field of veterinary medicine and completed their work within 3 years, fantastic job!

Thesis title Anna-Lena:
Hypospermatogenesis in men: Investigation regarding HENMT1 expression and pathway function in human testicular biopsies

Thesis title Britta:
Immunocharacteristics of testicular germ cell cancers – revelation of a new key network?

June 2016

Kate Loveland and Mark Hedger to come in June

Monash supervisors visiting JLU

We are looking forward to welcoming Kate Loveland and Mark Hedger in Giessen to discuss their projects and plan the IRTG renewal application.

May 2016

Paper accepted in project 9

Vera Michel's paper to be published in Journal of Pathology

We are pleased about the new publication in IRTG project 9 "Uropathogenic Escherichia coli cause fibrotic remodelling of the epididymis."

Pubmed PMID: 27218225

May 2016

Travel Grant for Rukmali Wijayarathna

Centre for Reproductive Health PhD Student Travel Grant

Congratulations to Rukmali (IRTG project 9) who received that travel grant covering the cost for attending the European Testis Workshop taking place June 11- 15, 2016 in St. Malo, France and for lab visits in USA. Good job!

May 2016

Travel Grant for Anna-Lena Hempfling

INYRMF and ISA Grant  for ETW, St. Malo, France, June 11-15, 2016

The International Network for Young Researchers on Male Fertility has selected Anna-Lena's abstract for a talk at their meeting in Rennes, France to be held June 09-10, 2016.

With the support of the International Society of Andrology, these abstracts are awarded with a free registration for the ensuing European Testis Workshop in St. Malo. Compliments on this new success, Anna-Lena!

May 2016

Position at Leibniz Institute for Sebastian Galuska

New position for Sebastian Galuska

Galuska, SebastianOne of our Supervisors in project 3 has obtained an attractive permanent position as a group leader in Glycobiology at the well-known Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology.
Though up in the far North of Germany he will continue supervision of doctoral student Pradeep Kumar Kudipudi.

All the best to Sebastian for this new position and his future!

May 2016