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Fatima Ferreira elected Reporter of the FWF

Fatima Ferreira has been elected Reporter for the FWF Board, period 2020-2023, Scientific discipline “Biochemistry and Structural Biology”.


Fatima Ferreira elected Member of the Christian Doppler Research Association Scientific Board

Fatima Ferreira has been elected a Member of the Christian Doppler Research Association Scientific Board 2020-22.


International Science Award of the Kulturfonds Salzburg awarded to Fritz Aberger

International Science Award of the Kulturfonds Salzburg awarded to Fritz Aberger

Fritz Aberger, head of the department of biosciences and principal investigator of the molecular cancer & stem cell research group, was awarded the International Science Award of the Kulturfonds Salzburg, endowed with a prize money of 10.000 EUR, for his internationally renowned research on the development of cancer therapies. The award ceremony was hosted by Salzburg’s deputy mayor Bernhard Auinger and took place on 25 November.


EAACI explains vaccination

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? This question raises a great deal of discussion. To find out what a group of international scientists and experts of the immune system have to say about it, take a look at the short and informative animated video of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. For additional content on vaccination and more, visit this page.




Helen Strandt, PhD Student, has been awarded for Best Talk at the 16th International Workshop on Langerhans Cells, which took place in Mainz/Budenheim from 3 to 6 October 2019. Helen presented research data on Antigen expression in Langerhans cells prevents allergic sensitization and lung inflammation (abstract see here).


12th International Particle Toxicology Conference

12th International Particle Toxicology Conference

The 12th International Particle Toxicology Conference (IPTC) was hosted this year at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, with Albert Duschl as Head of the Organizing Committee. This meeting series brings together experts in all areas of particle toxicology – from engineered nanoparticles to volcanic fly ash – to discuss developments of the field. The 11th IPTC took place 2016 in Singapore, the 13th IPTC is planned for 2022 in Santa Fe. We are proud that we could welcome around 140 colleagues from all over the world to the Salzburg edition of this prestigious meeting series!

The conference covered basic research issues, but had a strong focus on applications of particle toxicology, which are in work place safety, environmental safety, consumer safety, medical and diagnostic developments and other fields. A focus of the Salzburg meeting were the challenges to translate knowledge derived from particle safety research into regulation and legislation, which is now a main issue in the field. The first IPTC in Austria has contributed to developing solutions for the benefit of workers, consumers, patients and environment.

For more information, see


New publication

Iris Gratz, member of the ACBN focus program of the University of Salzburg, and colleagues have discovered a population of human immune cells in the blood that appear to have everything in common with infection-fighting T cells isolated from the skin. The findings were published in the journal Science Immunology and were featured on the July cover of the journal.

The work challenges current thinking that skin-resident memory T cells are strictly retained in the skin. Iris Gratz and her team, in partnership with Daniel Campbell at the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI), and scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and other research institutions, demonstrated that tissue-resident memory T cells can exit skin tissue, enter the blood and circulate throughout the body. These T cells can then relocate into skin at other locations of the body.

By studying these T cells in more detail, Gratz and colleagues found that the migration of the T cells likely plays a role in the healing of skin wounds and the ability to recognize and protect against infection. “Once these cells have battled an infectious agent at one site on the skin, they may be able to recognize and fend off infection at other sites and in subsequent encounters,” the researcher said. The discovery of tissue-resident memory in the circulation of healthy individuals greatly facilitates the isolation and study of cutaneous memory T cells from a broadly available human tissue, the blood.


Announcement of ICA Symposium, February 2019

The upcoming ICA Symposium is scheduled for the 4th and 5th of February 2019. It will be organized as a joint symposium between the Doctoral College ICA and the Doctorate School DSP Biomolecules.  Please register here for the Symposium as soon as possible, giving titles for presentations when applicable. Registration needs to be finished by January 3rd, 2019. Faculty members please also register, of course you do not need to give details for presentations.


Dr. Lorenz Aglas receives Ursula and Fritz Melcher Dissertationspreis 2018

Dr. Lorenz Aglas, senior scientist of the working group of Prof. Fatima Ferreira (Department of Life Sciences), receives this year’s “Ursula and Fritz Melcher Dissertationspreis 2018” of the Austrian Society for Allergology and Immunology (ÖGAI) due to the excellent scientific results of his doctoral thesis. Congratulations!


New webpage

A new homepage for ACBn and DSP BioM goes on-line (the one you are reading).

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