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Gastvortrag Joke MM den Haan

Date: 29 November 2019
Summary: CD169+ macrophages in lymphoid organs: Border patrol against infections and opportunity for vaccination strategies
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Division of Virology
Department of Hygiene,
Microbiology, Social Medicine
Medical University IBK

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A-6020 Innsbruck

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Research on antiviral Therapies and Vaccines
There are three reasons why viruses are highly important for therapy research:

  • First of all there are still many severe viral infections, for which there is no causal and effective treatment available yet.
  • Second, viruses can be used as gen vehicles (viral vectors) for gene therapy and vaccination enabling treatment for many different hereditary and acquired diseases.
  • Last, so called oncolytic viruses that replicate preferentially in Tumor cells represent promising new tools for anti-tumor therapy.


The Division of Virology does active research in all these areas.

Next to the development of innovative conepts for anti-viral therapy, the field of virology faces currently one great challenge: the development of a vaccine against HIV/AIDS. So far, conventional strategies did not succeed in generating an effective reagent. Thus, we set out to apply a novel approach: we are trying to exploit mechanisms of the innate immune system to induce a more potent anti-viral immune response and/or construct modern recombinant RNA viruses for the development of a highly attenuated vaccine.

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